coordinator: Denis “Jaromil” Rojo

I Network Description

Dyne.org appeared online in 2000 when the HasciiCam software was published: an invention widely appreciated for its artistic value and for making possible to broadcast live video using old hardware from a slow network connection.
Inspired by a mix of software and poetry, a growing network of developers released to the public software made to insure freedom of expression, configuring dyne.org as a free software atelier, a portal to Digital Creation and Media Art.
Ranging from radio makers, humanitarian organizations, video artists, medical researchers, media activists and educators, a large amount of people employed and redistributed dyne.org software worldwide, free of charge, echoing to the freedom spirit of this autonomous initiative.
Despite the fact in its early days (and until now) dyne.org was never boosted with merchandising or money, several young hackers pioneered the constitution of a wide horizontal network. Openness, knowledge sharing and freedom of creation have been the philosophical principles guiding the evolution of dyne.org, hosting creations that have been conceptualised not for a profit, but for their role within society.

Mission Statement

Dyne.org aims:

to promote the idea and practice of open source knowledge sharing within civil society: by
fostering research, development, production and distribution of FOSS solutions;
to open the participation to on-line and on-site communities, leveraging the democratic and
horizontal access to technology, lowering the economical requisites to its accessibility;
to foster employment of FOSS in artistic creation: exploring new forms of expression and
interaction, disseminating new languages that can be freely adopted and re-elaborated by everyone,
insuring the long term conservation of digital artworks;
to support FOSS development, also when non-profitable: being software a socially relevant
media it should not be invented and maintained only on the basis of its merchantability.

II Goal for the Event

The main goal in our participation in Winter Camp is to network all developers involved in free
on-line video streaming technologies based on the new free codec “Ogg/Theora”.

Dyne.org is developing the software FreeJ aiming at providing an efficient back-end for mixing of multiple signals (as video, text, images and more) into live or programmed streams on the Internet.

FreeJ is a vision mixer: an instrument for realtime video manipulation used in the fields of dance teather, veejaying, medical visualization and TV. It lets you interact with multiple layers of video, filtered by effect chains and then mixed together. Controllers can be scripted for keyboard, midi and joysticks, to manipulate images, movies, live cameras, particle generators, text scrollers, flash animations and more. All the resulting video mix can be shown on multiple and remote screens, encoded into a movie and streamed live to the internet.

FreeJ can be controlled locally or remotely, also from multiple places at the same time; it can be automated via javascript to be operated via MIDI, Joysticks, wiimotes, mices and keyboards. As a result of our development season, for which the Winter Camp is a crucial meeting point, we aim to provide FreeJ with various language bindings (Python, Ruby, Java and Perl in addition to Javascript which is already present) and integrate it in existing free on-line video portals, in collaboration with the communities Giss.tv, Engagemedia.org and Transmission.cc.

III Participants

– Hassan Bassam
– Luca Bigliardi
– Jaromil
– Vanessa Vespasiani
– Andrea Guzzo

– Vladimir Flores Garcia
– Lluiz Gomez i Bigorda
– Valentina Messeri
– Gabriele Zaverio
– Manuel A.L. Cangemi
– Cristoph Rudorff
– Andrew Nicholson
– Ramiro Cosentino
– Emanuel Nicolosi