Fiction writer Joline Blais is an Assistant Professor of New Media at the University of Maine and co-founder of Still Water for network art and culture. Informed by a background in comparative literature at Harvard and University of Pennsylvania, she previously directed the Digital Media Studies program at New York's Polytechnic University and pioneered the teaching of media technologies in SCPS at New York University. Blais' research explores new narrative mediums, from DHTML to Weblogs to gaming platforms; her writing explores the way that introducing alternative viewpoints can destabilize the traditional plots found in mainstream literature and cinema. She and Jon Ippolito are currently at work on a book entitled The Edge of Art. She has also recently completed Sorties, her first novel.
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 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 ranging from Flash Art and the Art Journal to the Washington Post. At the Still Water lab co-founded with Joline Blais, Ippolito is at work on three projects--the Variable Media Network, the Open Art Network, and an exhibition called Mind Sets--that aim to expand the art world beyond its traditional confines.
Owen Smith is an artist, writer and teacher who has long been interested in ideas and forms of expression that are related to what he describes as alternative art forms, most specifically the Fluxus group. His work as a historian on Fluxus was recently published in his book Fluxus: The History of an Attitude (San Diego State University Press, 1998, http://www-rohan.sdsu.edu/dept/press/newtitles.html). As an artist he has exhibited widely in both traditional venues and online sites and he recently completed the development of an online documentation site for a year long project, titled Proof of Existence. He is currently a faculty member in Art History and New Media at the University of Maine.
Mike Scott has a BS in Survey Engineering and an MS in Internet Engineering. He is an instructor of New Media Studies at the University of Maine, Orono, ME from 2000 to present. He has taught New Media in the Digital Age, New Media Design, Digital Video Production, and Dynamic Web Design. He is the founder and director of ASAP Media Services, at the University of Maine. He founded a multimedia design group involved in the exploration, understanding, and implementation of the integration of technology and communication. He supervises a thirty-person development and support staff. He conducts multimedia workshops and training activities. He evaluates and implements new technologies as they apply to multimedia development. He also trains staff in the principles of multimedia design and production. His job is to insure the on-going education mission of ASAP Media Service and manage beta test sites for various emerging technologies.