Originally trained as a linguist, Denis Roio (Jaromil) is an artist, theorist and programmer who is currently based in Amsterdam. He is working as a researcher at the Netherlands Media Art Institute.Through his support for the development and distribution of free and open software, he tries to overcome existing restrictions and borders, whether economic, social or scientific. Taking an alternative stance to 'profit and power' oriented apparatuses, he is strongly engaged in building networks as a means of sharing toolschoosing to view knowledge as a dialogical and non-hierarchical process. By channelling personal insights into collaborative action, he shows a deep understanding for the problems of our time and possible solutions." (source: Transmediale 2009, Vilém Flusser Award, jury statement )
Inspired by Richard Stallman's ‘Free Software’ liberatory ethics, Jaromil seeks to cross borders between art and code, social activism and research and development, focusing on recycling of technology and it's accessibility. Jaromil's software creations are recommended by the Free Software Foundation and redistributed by several GNU/Linux operating systems worldwide; in the past years his publications have been focusing on computer viruses, piracy, freedom of speech and independent media practices.
- extensive interview Armin Medosh has made me http://www.thenextlayer.org/node/421
- on network collectivism, http://jaromil.dyne.org/journal/net_collectivism.html
- on the "neruda seabirds", http://jaromil.dyne.org/journal/neruda_seabirds.html
- NIMk Artlab research department within the Netherlands Media Art Institute