Readme 100 Software Art Factory
Festival: Dortmund
November 4-5, 2005
 Contact: og [at] dxlab [dot] org
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. The completed or close to completion works and texts will be presented at the off-line event scheduled for November 4-5, 2005 in the State and City Library of Dortmund, Germany. Completed works will be honorably published at repository.

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

Besides ways of production common for art and open source, the organizers have suggested to artists to consider outsourcing solutions (pop-up window) as they are proven to be efficient and adequate for the modern globalized economy.

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.
This setting symbolises exactly the transition from a fordistic / industrial production model to a post-fordistic / post-industrial one. The fordistic production model is represented by, e.g. Hollerith calculating machines, machine processing, "mechanization takes command", batch processing. The post-fordistic, globalization-related model which started to evolve in the 1970s, is characterised by upcoming concepts of timesharing, offshore outsourcing, borders transparent for capital but not for human resources, the introduction of object oriented programming languages, the increasing networking of computers and the first multimedia computers. The "temporary software art factory" as a concept relates both to the originally fordistic calculating machine, the networked, interactive medium that emerged from it, and globalized modes of production.

Friday, November 4, 2005
Library/Stadt- und Landesbibliothek Dortmund

11.00 - 12.00
Welcome Addresses by Ulrich Moeske (City and State Library, Dortmund), Alexei Shulgin/Olga Goriunova (Readme/Runme, Moscow), and Inke Arns/ Francis Hunger (Hartware MedienKunstVerein, Dortmund)

12.00 - 14.30
Readme participants introduction session


15.30 - 16.30
Alessandro Ludovico "Spam! The Economy of Desire" (IT)
Yves Degoyon, Sergio Moreno, Jaume Nualart and others "Map-o-Matix" (ES)


17.00 - 18.00
Renate Wieser, Julian Rohrhuber "The Invisible Hand of the Market" (D)
Ilia Malinovsky "LYCAY - Let Your Code plAY" (RU)

Evening: Get-together

Saturday, November 5, 2005
Library/Stadt- und Landesbibliothek Dortmund

11.00 - 12.30
Mitchell Whitelaw (remotely) "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
Sven Konig "Appropirate!" (CH)
Special Guest "State Scrounging as Means of Production" (GB)


15.30 - 17.00
Christophe Bruno "Cosmolalia" (F)
Leonardo Solaas (remotely) "Outsource Me!" (AR) + presentation of the outsourced project

Saturday, November 5, 2005
Kunstlerhaus Dortmund (Sunderweg 1)

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)

Travel and Housing
Interested in attending the festival? Then this info is for you.

The space is limited, please register to avoid inconvenience: og {at} dxlab {dot} ru

Here are directions to the main festival venue, Stadt- und Landesbibliothek.

Many of budget airlines are operating in Germany:

By train: plan your travel at
Koeln/Bonn Airport to Dortmund (1:45hrs) 24 EURO per itinery ICE
Duesseldorf Airport to Dortmund (0:47hrs) 19 EURO per itinery ICE
Dortmund Airport to Dortmund (0:25hrs) some EURO by Airport Express Bus

By international bus:

We recommend the following hotels and hostels:
Starting from 20 Euro a night
Starting from 66 Euro a night
- directions here.
Youth Hostel Kolping
Starting from 21 Euro a night
- directions the same as Cityhotel, just a few more meters along the Silberstrasse.

Need more information? Coming as a big group? - Drop us an email: og {at} dxlab {dot} ru

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

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 history:
2002, Moscow. Beginning of formation of self-reflecting scene. Generating the first definitions of software art.
2003, Helsinki. Launch of, the software art repository. Introduction of software art categories. Accumulating projects in the database.
2004, Aarhus. Further development of critical discourse: Software Art and Cultures Conference. Runme-Dorkbot city camp - a face-to-face meeting of "people doing strange things with software".

Why is the festival called "Readme 100" if it is just the forth edition:
4 equals 100 in the binary numeral system; we use this system here for the reason of beauty of the title.

Readme 100 is produced in cooperation with:
-Stadt- und Landesbibliothek, Dortmund
-LesArt Literaturfestival, Dortmund

and is supported by:

TM 06

-Kulturbuero Stadt Dortmund
-AFAA - BDAP / Embassy of France
-Bogdanov & Associates

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