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Faculty - Affiliated Faculty: New Media

Joline Blais

Associate Professor of New Media
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Joline Blais is an Assistant Professor of New Media at UMaine and co-founder of Still Water, a research lab devoted to studying and nourishing network culture. She previously directed Digital Media Studies at NY Polytechnic University and introduced media studies in SCPS at NYU.
Blais’ research and creative work explores sustainable communities and new narrative and poetic forms, and includes the 2006 book At the Edge of Art, which examines ways that digital technologies have reshaped art.

She is currently exploring the connections between electronic and indigenous networks in projects such as In the Presence of the Sacred, which links new technologies to indigenous storytelling and ritual, Babel/Babble, poetry generated from infant speech, and the Cross-Cultural Partnership, a legal framework for sharing connected knowledge in a way that is responsible and sustainable.

Jon Ippolito

Associate Professor of New Media
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A footsoldier in the battle between network and hierarchic culture, Jon Ippolito is an artist, former Guggenheim curator, and co-founder of the Still Water, a research arm of the New Media Department at the University of Maine. He’s a sans-serif kind of guy.

The recipient of Tiffany, Lannan, and American Foundation awards, Jon Ippolito has exhibited artwork with collaborative teammates Janet Cohen and Keith Frank at the Walker Art Center, ZKM/Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, and WNET’s ReelNewYork Web site. As Associate Curator of Media Arts at the Guggenheim Museum, he curated Virtual Reality: An Emerging Medium and, with John G. Hanhardt, The Worlds of Nam June Paik. Ippolito’s critical writing has appeared in periodicals ranging from Flash Art and the Art Journal to the Washington Post. At the Still Water lab co-founded with Joline Blais, Ippolito has worked on three projects–the Variable Media Network, the Open Art Network, and a book co-authored with Joline Blais called At the Edge of Art–that aim to expand the art world beyond its traditional confines.

Bill Kuykendall

Senior Lecturer, New Media
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Bill Kuykendall currently serves as Senior Lecturer in New Media and Cooperating Professor of Communication and Journalism at the University of Maine and as Associate Professor Emeritus of Journalism at the University of Missouri. From 2000 to 2004, he served as Libra Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Director of New Media at the University of Maine.

Kuykendall holds an MA in Mass Communications from the University of Minnesota and a BA in Zoology from West Virginia University. Before joining UMaine, he taught photojournalism and newspaper management and directed the annual Pictures of the Year contest and Missouri Photo Workshop at the Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia. He helped found and lead photojournalism workshops in Bulgaria in 1991 and in Bulgaria and Hungary in 1992 and served on the University of Miami Somosfoto Workshop in Quito, Ecuador in 2005.

Kuykendall has served as photo director of the Seattle Times, freelance photographer, consultant, magazine editor, and print and multimedia designer. He is a recipient of the Newspaper Picture Editor of the Year award and Robin F. Garland Teacher of the Year awards from the National Press Photographers Association and the Gold Quill award from the International Association of Business Communicators.

Kuykendall serves as production photographer for the Penobscot Theatre Company of Bangor, does documentary photography on a variety of topics, and conducts community new media workshops for the City of Bangor and selected islands in the Gulf of Maine.

Mike Scott

Senior Lecturer, New Media

Mike Scott specializes in the Interactivity Sequence of New Media and is the director of New Media and Internet Technology Lab research and development and the Access Grid project.

New Media and Internet Technology Lab (ASAP Media Service), Director
ASAP is an ongoing experiment in education where students are provided an environment and the incentive to complete projects that will stretch their creativity and explore their full range of abilities. In this environment, technology is considered a tool which students learn by using. They complete multimedia projects that combine traditional mediums through computer technology and communicate information in new and innovative ways. At ASAP, the value and importance of the process must remain the highest priority. ASAP maintains that any final product (an interactive kiosk, educational CD-ROM, WWW site, digital video, or traditional publication) must be representative of the development of creative thought, technical understanding and the dynamic collaboration which created it. If the product is a result of these learning processes, then ASAP has succeeded in its mission.

Access Grid
The Access Grid website ( defines the Access Grid project as: An ensemble of resources including multimedia large-format displays, presentation and interactive environments, and interfaces to Grid middleware and to visualization environments. These resources are used to support group-to-group interactions across the Grid.

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Intermedia MFA
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Phone: 207.581.4390E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System