Researcher in philosophy of technology, artist and software artisan whose creations are endorsed by the Free Software Foundation.
Since 2000 dedicated to build Dyne.org, a software house gathering the contributions of a growing number of developers who value social responsibility above profit.
Top 100 social enterpreneurs in Europe for researching and developing free and open source software and services, acting in support of artists, creatives and engaged citizens in the digital age with tools, practices and narratives for community empowerment. Purpose Economy (2014)
With his research he tries to overcome existing restrictions and borders, whether economic, social or scientific. By channelling personal insights into cooperative action, he shows a deep understanding for the problems of our time and possible solutions.
Vilém Flusser Award,
Transmediale, Berlin, 2009
By entering the academic and artistic discourse, Jaromil establishes a potent and serious platform for spreading his thoughts. He refers to literature and linguistics, code and communication.
Kornelia Freitag and Katharina Vester,
Another Language, 2008
Selected artworks net:art - software art - hacker art
Plant guilds is an intuitive visualization of relationships between families of plants as defined by so called consociations in Permaculture studies and practices.
Permaculture is an approach to the design of human settlements and agricultural systems that mimic the relationships found in natural ecologies: it aims to create stable, productive systems that provide for human needs, harmoniously integrating the land with its inhabitants. The aim of Permaculture is sustainable land use based on ecological and biological principles, often using patterns that occur in nature to maximise effect and minimise work.
Plant guilds is an artistic study on the possibility to visualize a design principle in Permaculture: that of considering inter-relations between different families of plants. It has been realized processing such consociations with the help of the GraphViz language, originally developed by AT&T to graph telephone network architectures.
This artwork was realized in cooperation with artist and Permaculture expert Debra Solomon and commissioned by URBANIAHOEVE, a social design lab for urban agriculture based in the Netherlands.
ASCII Shell Forkbomb
This forkbomb is a kind of poetic virus. If its visually attractive line of only thirteen characters is entered into the command line of a Unix system and the enter key is pressed, within seconds the computer will crash because the devious little program commands it to make multiple copies of itself, setting off a chain reaction and thus quickly exhausting the system’s resources.
"Forkbombs have been popular entertainment among hackers since about the mid-1990s, but Jaromil manages to condense them to a most terse, poetic syntax, arguably the most elegant forkbomb ever written. [...] It has become a secret code of recognition among the initiated, like the stuffed trumpet of the Tristero underground postal network in Thomas Pynchon's novel Crying of Lot 49." - Florian Cramer
It may seem to be a piece of symbolic 'writing' without any audience other than the interpretive processes within a computer that will interpret and execute its commands. However, it is the lack of a visual component in the 'lifespan' of the code and its effects on involved human, as well as machine, audiences affected by its execution that make this composition, with all its relatively unfamiliar syntax and minimalistic logical style, so intriguing. - Kevin Brock
This artwork was realized with the support of digitalcraft.org.
- LAMPO curated by Lucia Zappacosta
2012 Aurum, galleria G. D'Annunzio. Pescara
- Dark Drives curated by Jacob Lillemose
2012 Transmediale, HKW, Berlin
- I LOVE YOU curated by Franziska Nori
2002 Museum of Applied Arts (MAK), Frankfurt
2003 Transmediale, HKW, Berlin
2004 Brown University, Providence
2006 Museum of Contemporary Art, Novi Sad
2006 Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade
- RunMe curated by A. Shulgin and O. Goriunova
2003 On-line exhibition - Helsinky
- p0es1s curated by F.W. Block and B. Meyer-Krahmer
2004 Kulturforum Potsdamer Platz, Berlin
- One Hundred Thousand Billion Processes: Oulipian Computation and the Composition of Digital Cybertexts by Kevin Brock (2012)
- Community without Community in Digital Culture
by Charlie Gere (2012)
- Enfoldment and Infinity: An Islamic Genealogy of New Media Art by Laura U. Marks (2010)
- Networking: The Net as Artwork by Tatiana Bazzichelli (2009)
- Another Language: Poetic Experiments in Britain and North America by Kornelia Freitag, Katharina Vester (2008)
- Digital Contagions: A Media Archaeology of Computer Viruses by Jussi Parikka (2007)
Selected writings media theory - network culture - philosophy
The end of the Taboo on Money
Bitcoin is a decentralized system of digital authentication that facilitates the circulation of value on the Internet without the presence of any intermediaries, a characteristic that has often gained it the definition of digital cash or crypto currency, since it can be used as money for payments.
This article consists in a technoetic inquiry into the origins of this technology and its evolution. This inquiry takes into consideration the biopolitical dynamics that govern the Bitcoin community as well specific characteristics of the technical realization, aiming to provide insights on the future of this technology as well a post-humanist interpretation of its emergence.
Comments and informal responses to this article can be posted via the DYNDY.net web platform. The article is being republished by a number of journals and a book curated by Christian Nold and Susanne Jashko, while still evolving into a longer analysis of the Bitcoin phenomenon.
Frames from the life and death of Jean Charles de Menezes
This article is a theoretical enquiry about the death of the Brazilian citizen Jean Charles de Menezes, shot in London at Stockwell tube station on 22 July 2005 by unknown specialist firearms’ officers. The previous day some stations of the Tube were struck by failed bombing attacks. The police were chasing four suspects. Some hours after the murder, de Menezes was discovered to be innocent and not involved in the terrorist act.
The primary author of this article is my Ph.D. colleague
Amos Bianchi, to his critical reflections I've added the
"False Positives" section evolving his analysis into what is
just the beginning of a critic of computationalism in
This article was first published in 2011 by Springer law and international politics: Computers, Privacy and Data Protection as part of a larger collection of essays
Forkbomb (la bohème digitale)
An exploration of the phenomenon of software viruses:
combination of rebellious poetic gestures, symptoms
of politics or structure, attempts to get into the cracks of
the net and artificial intelligences which have always
populated the digital universe.
This text was originally written in Italian, then translated to German and English languages.
Il Cecchino e altri racconti
Small selection of Italian novels. The first one is about a city under siege seen from the eyes of a sniper and the people above and below him. Follows a short monologue by an emigrant working in Queensland (written together with Tiziano Bonini), the epilogue of an ordinary love story between Milano and Napoli and at last an epistolary and onirical tale by a solitary man.
Selected media footage slides - lectures - interviews
TEDx (Teatro Politeama Greco, Lecce, 2013)
A 10 minutes talk on the ethics of hackers between cultural phenomena like Bitcoin, Wikileaks and the Free Software movement.
Dyne.org trailer (art interventions)
Video and performances realized In cooperation with Francescopaolo Isidoro (99mq).
Written interviews (selection)
- Free, Open and Online (in Video Vortex II)
2011 INC, interview by Rachel Somers Miles
On A/V media development on GNU/Linux
- TBT [Time Based Text]: an experiment(al) (in) writing
2008 Nettime, interview by Annet Dekker
About the software and art project TBT
- Babylon by Bus - the lyrical programmer activist
2008 The Next Layer, interview by Armin Medosh
- An adventure in Iraqi freedom with Streamtime
2007 Linux.com, interview by Tina Gasperson
About the collective project Streamtime
- Jaromil, Hacker Art E Arte Dell’interferenza
2005 DigiCULT, intervista di Annamaria Monteverdi
Audio interviews (selection)
Contact Jaromil Via E-Mail is best
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