Artist in residence March - September 2004
From March till September 2004 the south Italian artist Jaromil
developed a real-time video manipulation and streaming device. The Rasta Coder, as he calls himself, has been working on various free and open source projects in the recent years, including dyne:bolic (a live GNU/Linux operating system especially targeted to artists), the MuSE streaming software for online radios, the FreeJ software for real time video manipulation and the popular HasciiCam software for streaming of ASCII formatted video.
For the Artist in Residence program Jaromil created a low cost streaming device. The device is not more than a cheap Intel based computer with tv-out. It will have capabilities like MpegII encoding / decoding, real time video manipulation and high quality video projection. For this purpose a special GNU/Linux distribution is being created to fit the capabilities of the special hardware employed.
With the video box it will be easy to encode a video source or DVD into multiple streaming formats which in turn can be used on the Internet and for projections.