4 - 5 NOVEMBER 2005

Readme is a travelling media art festival with a focus on software art. Its mission is software art development and critical contextualisation. Readme is closely related with, the software art repository.

Readme festival in the year 2005 aims at supporting the production of software art projects and texts critically engaging with software art. Readme 100 Software Art Factory will produce 6 projects and 5 articles selected by international jury. The selected artists/writers will be awarded production grants.

Different ways of software art production, including self-employing, hiring, using open source solutions, interfacing with IT economy sector and educational/cultural institutions.

Factory – idea and location:
Readme 100 wishes to use the potential of the idea of production. Software art is often produced using conventional software production models; sometimes pragmatic software tools get regarded in terms of software art and vice versa: software art projects get used and sold as tools. One could hire an Indian programmer to code a piece of software art; one could get rich from selling well-advertised unconventional software, one could discover that an author of a conventional software piece always felt it was something “different”. Readme temporary software art factory would like to focus not only on the product itself, but on the way of its production, and experiment with different models of production in relation to art, including outsourcing, work within IT companies or self-production.

Readme 100 regards texts as essential parts of the production process; critical texts will be produced at the temporary software art factory.

What makes Dortmund particularly interesting as a venue for Readme 100 is the fact that the city and the whole region of the Ruhrgebiet is in full transition from a former heavy industrial city (coal, steel) to a city/region focusing on new technologies.


Amy Alexander (US)
Christophe Bruno (F)
Javier Candeira (ES)
Yves Degoyon, Sergio Moreno, Jaume Nualart and others (ES)
DJ Francis (D)
Sven Konig (CH)
Wojciech Kosma (PL)
Alessandro Ludovico (IT)
Ilia Malinovsky (RU)
Leonardo Solaas (AR)
VJ Ubergeek (US)
Mitchell Whitelaw (AU)
Renate Wieser, Julian Rohrhuber (D)
Yaxu (GB)
Special Guest (GB)

Friday, 4. November 2005

11.00 – 12.00 – chair: Inke Arns
Introduction: Ulrich Moeske (Stadt- und Landesbibliothek, Dortmund), Alexei Shulgin/ Olga Goriunova (Readme/Runme, Moskau), Inke Arns/Francis Hunger (Hartware MedienKunstVerein, Dortmund)

12.00 – 14.30 – chair: Olga Goriunova
Readme Participants and Jury Members present themselves

15.30 – 16.30 – chair: Alex McLean
Alessandro Ludovico „Spam! The Economy of Desire” (IT)
Yves Degoyon, Sergio Moreno, Jaume Nualart and others „Map-o-Matix” (ES)

17.00 – 18.00 – chair: Alexei Shulgin
Renate Wieser, Julian Rohrhuber „The Invisible Hand of the Market” (D)
Ilya Malinovski „LYCAY – Let Your Code plAY” (RU)

Saturday, 5. November, 2005

11.00 – 12.30 – chair: Inke Arns
Mitchell Whitelaw (online via Skype) „System Stories and Model Worlds – A Critical Approach to Generative Art” (AU) 
Javier Candeira „Towards a Permanently Temporary Software Art Factory (Notes for the Sustainability of Software Artifacts) ” (ES)

13.30 – 15.00 – chair: Francis Hunger
Sven K?nig „Appropirate!” (CH)
Special Guest „State Scrounging as Means of Production” (GB)

15.30 – 17.00 – chair: Amy Alexander
Christophe Bruno „Cosmolalia” (F)
Leonardo Solaas (online via Skype) „Outsource Me!” (AR) + presentation of the outsourced project

22.00 – open end
Ilia Malinovsky (RU) – plays code music
Rohrhuber/Wieser (D) – Excel Art Live!
Yves Degoyon a.k.a. d.R.e.G.S. (ES) – “/bin/rm -rf /* :: f*** the system”
Sven Konig (CH/DE) plays sCrAmBlEd?HaCkZ!
Mitchell Whitelaw (AU) – remote MP3’s
Yaxu (GB) & Rohrhuber/Wieser (D) – perl coding live
VJ Ubergeek (USA)
DJ Francis (D) – plays Techhouse & Drum’n’Bass

Friday, Nov 4 – Saturday Nov 5
Library/Stadt- und Landesbibliothek Dortmund

Amy Alexander, Wojciech Kosma: AI to the People (Beta Sneak Preview) – installation (collaborators Jesse Gilbert, Vincent Rabaud, Nikhil Rasiwasia)

Readme 100 is hosted by Hartware MedienKunstVerein, Dortmund, Germany, and is organized by Inke Arns, Olga Goriunova, Francis Hunger and Alexei Shulgin. The organizers have also formed a selection committee together with Amy Alexander and Alex McLean from