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ABOVE: Visiting artists John Klima and Liza Sabater join Jon Ippolito to watch Alex Galloway's first demo of his Prepared Playstation.
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Since its founding in 2002, Still Water has garnered press from over 40 blogs worldwide as well as mainstream venues such as ArtNews, the Los Angeles Times, and Wired.

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biographies for joline blais


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Joline Blais, Associate Professor of New Media at UMaine, co-directs Still Water, co-founded LongGreenHouse, and lives in the Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage.

Her book At the Edge of Art (2006) investigates how new strategies of empowerment--execution rather than representation, arrest rather than entertainment--work in communities of new media artists, and how these practices reshape art and real world contexts. Her project LongGreenHouse (2007) wove the Wabanaki Longhouse, permaculture gardens, and networked collaboration into a hybrid "communiversity".

Blais' work explores the overlap of digital culture, indigenous culture and permaculture. This cross-cultural braid suggests tribal and networked alternatives to conventional socio-political and cultural structures, and co-creates models of deep sustainability. Other projects include RFC: Request for Ceremony, a call for re-investing quotidian life with ceremony; Healing Seeds, a performative work based on a Russian indigenous recipe for "coding" seeds to create personalized medicine; and the Cross-Cultural Partnership, a legal framework for developing trust networks with indigenous peoples.

biographies for jon ippolito

You can find more information about Jon at his home page.

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A footsoldier in the battle between network and hierarchic culture, Jon Ippolito is an artist, curator, and co-founder of Still Water at the University of Maine.
2 sentences, 47 words, 315 characters, white-collar
Jon Ippolito is Professor of New Media and Director of the Digital Curation program at the University of Maine. His current projects--including the Variable Media Network, ThoughtMesh, and his co-authored books At the Edge of Art and Re-collection--aim to expand the art world beyond its traditional preoccupations.
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One of many footsoldiers in the battle between network and hierarchic culture, Jon Ippolito is an artist, curator, and co-founder of the Still Water lab at the University of Maine. His current projects--including the Variable Media Network, ThoughtMesh, and his co-authored books At the Edge of Art and Re-collection--aim to expand the art world beyond its traditional preoccupations.
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Jon Ippolito (three.org/ippolito) has made a career out of pursuing vocations for which he is drastically underqualified. Following short-lived stints as a dancer and astrophysicist, he has co-created online artworks seen at the Walker Art Center and ZKM, curated exhibitions of video art and virtual reality at the Guggenheim, and published a regular column in ArtByte magazine. Although a full professor, he could not match his father's feat of attaining the same rank as a high-school dropout.
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The inaugural winner of the Thoma Arts Writing prize, Jon Ippolito has exhibited artwork with collaborative teammates Janet Cohen and Keith Frank at venues such as the Walker Art Center and ZKM/Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe. 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, ThoughtMesh, and the books At the Edge of Art and Re-collection--that aim to expand the art world beyond its traditional confines.
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Jon Ippolito is an artist, writer and curator born in Berkeley, California in 1962 who turned to making art after failing as an astrophysicist. After applying for what he thought was a position as a museum guard, Jon was hired in the curatorial department of the Guggenheim, New York, where in 1993 he curated Virtual Reality: An Emerging Medium and subsequent exhibitions that explore the intersection of contemporary art and new media. In 2002 Jon joined the faculty of the University of Maine's New Media Department, where with Joline Blais he co-founded Still Water, a lab devoted to studying and building creative networks. His writing on the cultural and aesthetic implications of new media earned him the inaugural Thoma Arts Writing prize, and has appeared in The Washington Post, Art Journal and in his co-authored books At the Edge of Art and Re-collection. More at three.org/ippolito.
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Jon Ippolito is a new media artist, writer, and curator whose work has been recognized with awards from the Thoma, Tiffany, Lannan, and American Foundations. At the Guggenheim he curated the first art museum exhibition of virtual reality and the 2000 Nam June Paik retrospective with John G. Hanhardt. As Associate Professor of New Media at the University of Maine, Ippolito founded a peer-to-peer digital badges initiative and a graduate Digital Curation program. At the Still Water lab co-founded with Joline Blais, he helped build social software such as the Variable Media Questionnaire, The Pool, ThoughtMesh, and the Cross-Cultural Partnership. In over 100 presentations, Ippolito has spoken out on copyright maximalism, academic insularity, and technological obsolescence. He has published articles in periodicals ranging from the Art Journal to the Washington Post and chapters in over 20 books. Ippolito co-authored the book At the Edge of Art (Thames & Hudson 2006) with Blais and Re-collection: Art, New Media, and Social Memory (MIT 2014) with Richard Rinehart.
8 sentences, 306 words, 1909 characters, no holds barred
Jon Ippolito hopes building networks will help keep digital culture alive and kicking--but he has his hands full in today's climate of unfettered media monopolies, accelerated obsolescence, and looming co-optation by academia. He is the digital doyen of The Variable Media Network, an international consortium of museums and archives that devises medium-independent strategies to preserve new media art. As grand vizier of The Open Art Network, Ippolito works with a growing number of prominent digital artists to promote an open architecture for the Internet and digital media. As chief constable of the Still Water lab at the University of Maine, he works with Co-director Joline Blais to enforce an expansive definition of networked art in the academia and the art world, as argued in their 2006 book At the Edge of Art. The recipient of Tiffany, Lannan, and American Foundation awards, he was named in 2015 the inaugural winner of the Thoma Arts Writing prize. Ippolito has exhibited artwork with collaborative teammates Janet Cohen and Keith Frank at the Walker Art Center, ZKM/Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Harvard's Carpenter Center, and the Yale Art and Architecture Gallery. As Associate Curator of Media Arts at the Guggenheim Museum, he has 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 such as the Art Journal, Artforum, Flash Art, the Washington Post, and in his regular column for ArtByte magazine. He and his work have been cited in a dozen New York Times and a dozen Wired articles, but that didn't stop his tenure committee from asking why he hadn't published in more academic journals. His book Re-collection, co-authored with Richard Rinehart, argues that digital heritage of the last 30 years will be lost to history without a revolutionary approach to preserving culture.
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Jon Ippolito é artista, escritor e curador nascido em Berkeley, Califórnia, em 1962, que acabou fazendo arte depois de falhar como astrofísico. Depois de ter se inscrito para um posto que ele acreditava ser o de guarda do museu, Jon foi contratado pelo departamento de curadorias do Guggenheim, Nova York, onde ele curou Virtual Reality: An Emerging Medium [Realidade Virtual: Um Meio Emergente] e subsequentemente exposições que exploravam a interseção da arte contempor├ónea e das novas mídias. Em 2002 Jon passou a ocupar a cadeira de professor no departamento de Novas Mídias da Universidade de Maine, onde com a colaboração de Joline Blais fundou o laboratório Still Water, devotado ao estudo e à construção de redes criativas. Seus textos sobre as implicações estéticas e culturais das novas mídias foram publicadas nos jornais The Washington Post, Art Journal e em diversas revistas de arte. Para saber mais three.org/ippolito.
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At the Edge of Art by Joline Blais and Jon Ippolito

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Re-collection: Art, New Media, and Social Memory by Richard Rinehart and Jon Ippolito

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