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Contagious ideas infect UMaine campus
7_DECEMBER_2009. Perhaps you've seen them: maple leaves scattered through the Union imprinted with a url; students walking by the library freezing in their tracks; a "Divorce Photographer" who preserves that special moment in which a couple decides to call it quits. On Monday 7 Dec from 5-7pm, a Contagious Idea Expo demonstrates techniques for propagating ideas virally, and unveils a new social network, NMDnet, designed to supercharge the circulation of ideas among the U-Me New Media community.
East and west coasts dive into The Pool
OCTOBER_2009. The Pool, an online collaborative environment created by Still Water, has earned a headline story in Wired magazine, a feature in the Chronicle of Higher Education, and a demonstration at Harvard's Berkman Center for the Internet and Society. This term The Pool has become even more crowded, as students from the University of California at Santa Cruz join U-Me classes in using this unusual software to bounce ideas off each other and receive feedback across the two campuses.
The Ivory Tower Just Got a Little More Crowded
JULY_2008. More people than ever will be able to access and contribute to academic research and development, thanks to tools built by Still Water faculty and Fellows to help creative thinkers share their work. Recently showcased at Harvard's Berkman Center, in the Chronicle of Higher Education, and soon to appear in Leonardo magazine, these new networks may change the way creative and scholarly research is recognized by universities across the world.
Poets and Pundits Pounce on ThoughtMesh
JUNE_2008. Over forty authors from the National Poetry Foundation's conference on poetry of the seventies have published their work using a new Still Water tool that reveals connections among different peoples' writing. Who knew that "1973" and "John Ashbery" were on so many poets' minds? ThoughtMesh did.
New Media from the Microbial to the Transnational
MARCH_24-26_2008. Today's headlines seem to jump from the nanoscale of stem cells and gene sequencing to the global scale of international politics and climate change. Here to bridge that gap are intermedia researchers Craig Dietrich and Vanessa Vobis, whose innovative projects help connect the dots between local environments and global imperatives--from dust mites to presidential candidates, from Aboriginal images to the World Cup.
ThoughtMesh Wires Thinkers across Web
16_OCTOBER_2007. Finding scholarly writing online used to be a shot in the dark; an academic paper on Cezanne's figure paintings, for example, is unlikely to rank high on a Google search for "nude bathers." Last week, however, Still Water launched a new tool designed to overturn this "lottery" approach by meshing the thoughts of writers from across the Web. Called ThoughtMesh, this software creates clouds of smart keywords that connect excerpts of essays published on different Web sites.
Cory Arcangel Beams into Without Borders
WEDNESDAY_12_SEPTEMBER_2007. Art World ubergeek Cory Arcangel, a contributor to the exhibition Without Borders IV, discusses his work with U-Me faculty and students in a videoconference at 1pm in 200 Lord Hall. Best known for an eclectic aesthetic encompassing everything from Domino's Pizza to Rock 'n Roll to hacked Nintendo cartridges, Arcangel reaches deep into the grab-bag of pop culture and pulls out diamonds in the raw.
"Forging the Future" aims to rescue digital culture
JANUARY_2007. What does new media art have in common with passports? Both expire after five years. Technological obsolescence threatens the most important creative production of the digital age, yet the typical museum's strategy of storing an original in a climate-controlled crate is almost useless for safeguarding such works from the ravages of time. "Forging the Future," a Still Water initiative funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, aims to change all that.
Native Models for New Media Partnerships
JANUARY 2007. How can the free access to information required for a democratic society be reconciled with the privacy rights of local communities and individuals? Still Water's Cross-Cultural Partnership brings together people from indigenous and electronic networks to envision a legal framework for sharing culture--whether Native chants, Java classes, or medicinal herbs--in a way that is responsible and sustainable.
U-Me Vote relaunched for 2006 election
TUESDAY 31 OCTOBER, 2006. If you feel unprepared for the 2006 midterm elections, you're not alone. Fortunately, a new community resource from Still Water can help you learn from and inform others about issues directly affecting UMaine students, as well as find practical information on where to vote and what to bring.