transmediale.09 Vilem Flusser Theory Award
The international jury of the transmediale.09 Vilém Flusser Theory Award selected Jaromil as one of the awardwinners of the 2009 edition. The Jury consisted of Olga Goriunova (Moscow / London), Andreas Leo Findeisen (Vienna) and Marcel Marburger (Berlin / Cologne).
In order to reflect the increasing significance of theoretical and critical practice works submitted for the transmediale Award competition, the Transmediale Berlin has introduced the Vilém Flusser Theory Award. In collaboration with the _Vilém_Flusser_Archive at the Universität der Künste Berlin, dedicated to the complete works of the influential visionary and media philosopher, the award honors outstanding theoretical or research-based digital arts practice.
Originally trained as a linguist, Denis Rojo (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 tools—choosing 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.
Brian Holmes was also awarded for his blog and evolving book project Continental Drift: http://brianholmes.wordpress.com/