Artplaces started out as an offshoot of a wider ranging art project in Italy called Oreste. Oreste is the collective name of a loose set of people mostly Italian artists who worked together with the aim of exchanging ideas, creating spaces of free discussion. Oreste was founded in 1997 as a residency program for artists in Paliano near Rome and then moved to Montescaglioso in the province of Matera and participated in the 1999 Venice Biennale organising over 500 public encounters. An early list of independent art spaces was put together by Giancarlo Norese, Cesare Pietroiusti and Gabi Scardi. Connecting Cultures continued the research and launched an earlier version of Art Places as a platform of open publishing devised by Luca Lampo with the layout of Edward Rozzo. The new version of Artplaces is more interactive, more content oriented, intending to encourage active participation and networking on the part of the artplaces included. The new data-base also includes some “virtual spaces” – i.e. places of artistic production and not just physical sites.