47 projects selected and featured
Read_Me 2.3 Reader is published
In the year 2003, the Read_me festival (http://www.m-cult.org/read_me) was held for the second time, and for the first time in Helsinki. A year has passed since the first Moscow 2002 edition (http://www.macros-center.ru/read_me), and the festival has grown and germinated through Runme.org (http://runme.org) – the online software art repository it is now based on.
The idea of Read_Me 2.3 is to test an alternative festival model, especially since the subject of the festival is software art, a realm where people with artists’ self-identities coexist with programmers whose views on the process of creation, distribution and even the very meaning of their work can be dramatically different from those of the artists.
The current shape and organization of Read_Me is the result of a number of discussions and analyses concerning the traditional schemes international media art festivals are based on, as well as the organizational forms of open source developers communities. Art festivals as widely accepted forms are often compromised by a lack of transparency in submission and evaluation processes, which prevents interesting authors from submitting their projects and generates quite problematic winners. Open source communities are much more democratic, but have their own drawbacks: they focus on functionality and pragmatic usefulness, thus sometimes leaving out interesting projects seen as unnecessary in these contexts.
In order to keep the advantages and avoid the disadvantages of the two realms a few steps have been taken. An open, moderated software art repository Runme.org (http://runme.org) has been developed and put up on the Net.
The web-site was developed creatively and in an excitingly short period of time by Alex McLean.
Amy Alexander participated largely in the testing, development and realization of the solutions along with Alexei Shulgin and Olga Goriunova. The group of concept developers also included Pit Schultz, Florian Cramer, Matthew Fuller, The Yes Men, and Thomax Kaulmann.
The first Read_me 1.2 was also based on an online database where all the entered projects were stored, but the database was closed for new submissions after a pre-arranged deadline. The second Read_me 2.3 is based on a database functioning parallel to and independent from the off-line festival. Projects entered into Runme.org before a certain date were considered as entries for the festival, but the submission of the works was not closed as the database was kept running on a permanent basis.
Read_Me 2.3 has abandoned the monetary prize format, but has retained other features of the festival: calls for submissions, an off-line event with invited participants, a book, etc.
Amy Alexander, Florian Cramer, Olga Goriunova, Matthew Fuller, Alex McLean, Alexei Shulgin, and The Yes Men have reviewed the most interesting in their opinion submitted projects. These projects were featured without ranking in order to avoid giving preference to one approach over another.
The new experimental practice has yielded some unusual results. Since Runme.org was open for submissions from everyone, and its developers have uploaded found projects and invited many people to submit their works; the number of works uploaded onto Runme.org during the one and a half month period from the launch to the festival deadline, reached 150, including a large number of interesting works. That is why there were 47 works selected and featured by experts, with other works to be reviewed later. This quite unexpected result of the experiment caused some difficulties in the presentation of all the featured works at the festival, but was also very positive and significant.
(full version of the text is published in the Read_Me 2.3 Reader
is available at http://www.m-cult.org/read_me/report.htm)
47 featuring texts are published in the Read_Me 2.3 Reader and on Runme.org web-site (http://runme.org/feature)
AND the featured projects ARE
Category: Algorithmic Appreciation
By Tom Duff
Category: Artificial Intelligence
By Harold Cohen
By gabor papp
Category: Artistic Tool
By Tom Betts
Category: Bots and Agents
By jimpunk & christophe bruno
By Ax. Heide, Onesandzeros, Ph. Pocock, Gr. Stehle
Category: Browser Art
By Simon Biggs
By Peter Luining
Category: Code Art
By Eric Andreychek
London.pl by William Blake
By Graham Harwood
By Alan Sondheim
Category: Conceptual Software
By La Monte Young
Category: Data Transformation
Video Killed the Radio Star
By Jonathan Harel
Category: Digital Aesthetics Research and Development
Category: Digital Folk and Artisanship
DOS pseudo-viruses collection
By Various artists
By Dave Fischer
Google Groups Art
By Paul, Tim Flaherty, Nathan McCoy, Stuart Langridge
Category: Existing Software Manipulations
RETROYOU R/C STORY : RETROYOU R/C [paradise] [FCK THE GRAVITY CODE] [FRAG] class
By joan leandre
By (Karl-)Robert Ek
Category: Generative Art
n_Gen Design Machine
By Move Design
Category: Hardware Transformation
Tempest for Eliza
By Erik Thiele
Category: Institutional Critique
By Jeff Epler
Category: Political and Activist Software
DeArt – DeCSS Art Contest (et al)
By Tom Vogt and Various Authors
Homeland Security Threat Monitor
By Greg Hewgill
The Injunktion Generator
By textz.com / Project Gnutenberg
SuPerVillainizer – Conspiracy Client
Various CueCat Hacks
By Various Authors
By textz.com / Project Gnutenberg
Category: Software Cultures
By Dan Egnor
Category: System Dysfunctionality
Computer Graphics Conspiracy / Artemus Barnoz (Richard Brandow) &
Category: Text Manipulation
Bible (alphabetical order)
By Rory Macbeth
By David MacKay, Inference Group, Cavendish Laboratory
By John Sparks
By Andrew C. Bulhak
By Hugh Kenner and Joseph P. O’Rourke