The first Read_me festival, held in Moscow in May 2002, led to the birth of software art repository runme.org. The site was launched in January 2003 with a database drawn from Read_me entries. Runme.org aims to contextualise and define software art and provide an exchange interface for artists and programmers. If you're not sure what software art is, this is the place to sample a wide range of projects with artistic approaches to software culture. At runme.org, you can access downloadable applications, bots, political actions, databases, code poetry, academic texts, and more. New and old projects can be submitted online, and the site has information about the next Read_me festival, to be held in Helsinki in May 2003. - Helen Varley Jamieson
If you ever wanted to know about the world's largest kaleidoscope (it's a coverted grain silo located in Shandaken, NY) or where the treated sewage from LA's Hyperion Treatment Plant goes (the Pacific Ocean), the Center For Land Use Interpretation's Land Use Database is for you. Search for unusual and significant US locales by state, keyword, or category. The database compliments CLUI's multifaceted investigations into the 'nature and extent of human interaction with the earth's surface.' The Center For Land Use Interpretation is be a must-see for those traveling through the US, physically or virtually. You wouldn't want to miss Mud Island when you're in Tennessee would you?
Digital Arts and New Media (DANM) Technical Coordinator