Welcome to U-Me New Media
U-Me New Media at a glance
About
Philosophy
Press
Research
Community Interfaces
Experimental Film
Game Design
Indigenous Media
Interactive Education
Internet Art
Network Studies
Open Software
Photojournalism
Physical Computing
Faculty
Joline Blais
Jon Ippolito
Bill Kuykendall
Mike Scott
Owen Smith
Cooperating Faculty
Visiting Faculty
Students
Undergraduates
Graduates
Events
Sample Work
Curriculum
Overview
Cultural/Core Sequence
Documentary Sequence
Interaction Sequence
Narrative Sequence
Time-based Sequence
Network Sequence
New Media Electives
Outside Electives
General Ed Courses
Advising
Advising FAQ
Deadlines
Meeting Your Advisor
Registration
Downloads
Resources
IMRC
ASAP
Still Water
Collaborative Media Lab
LongGreenHouse
121 Lengyll Lab
MARCEL
Lord Hall
New Media Society
The Pool
Pop!Tech
Personal Computers
Signout Equipment
Applicants
First Year New Media
Upper Level New Media
Graduate Study
About This Site
Viewing
Posting
Credits
Contact Us
Joline Blais
"Talking drums can't be heard farther than you can walk."
Joline Blais
New Media Program
5713 Chadbourne Hall
The University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469-5713
tel 207 581-4486
fax 207 581-4357

Courses:

NMD 203 Creative Hypertext
NMD 303 Digital Storytelling
NMD 206 Project Design Lab
IMD 520 LifeArt
Joline Blais, Associate Professor of New Media at UMaine, co-directs Still Water, and co-founded LongGreenHouse. Her book At the Edge of Art (2006) investigates how new media art puts the power of networks and distributed creativity into the hands of ordinary citizens in a variety of non-art contexts.

Blais' publications and creative work explore the overlap of digital culture, indigenous culture and permaculture. LongGreenHouse (2007-2011) weaves the Wabanaki Longhouse, permaculture gardens, and networked collaboration into a hybrid "communiversity."  This cross-cultural braid articulates tribal and networked alternatives to our hierarchic (and failing) economic and political structures, and seeds the re-emergence of the 'commons' in multi-age learning
communities. She has been expanding this work from the university
to community contexts as a partner and member Belfast Cohousing and Ecovillage, and as a member of Orono and Belfast Transition Town Initiatives.

Blais' Fair eTalesand her courses in creative hypertext and digital narrative explore alternative narrative structures.