Social Media and Sustainability at LongGreenHouse

To coincide with Digital Humanities Week 2011, Joline Blais joins permaculture experts Julia and Charles Yelton, social media hackademic Craig Dietrich, Rural Maine Partners’ Claudia Lowd, and members of the Wabanaki community in hosting “Social Media and Sustainability” at LongGreenHouse, a clearinghouse for sustainable culture on the edge of the U-Me campus.

Is your museum a commons or a zoo?

This past year saw several prominent museums open their doors to public participation in ways they had never before, such as inviting visitors to submit works for exhibition or help determine curatorial selections. At the kickoff event for the Walker Art Center’s Open Field program on 3 June, Jon Ippolito contrasts three different models for …

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Collaborate with birds and bees in new “Life Art” class

A new University of Maine class in Life Art (NMD430/520) explores the boundaries of artistic collaboration by encouraging students to co-create with entire ecosystems of humans and other critters. Life artists may : Crowd-source their artmaking with 10,000 earthworms. Get frogs to do their drawings for/with them. Create sculpture ‘for the birds’ so they can …

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Forthcoming book highlights new media innovators

A landmark publication from renowned art-and-design publisher Thames & Hudson will examine the latest generation of innovators from art, architecture, design, and related fields. Joline Blais and Jon Ippolito have co-authored the new media section of the book. Drawing on and extending themes from At the Edge of Art, Blais and Ippolito examine five artists …

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LongGreenHouse Cultivates Town-Gown Connections

 Still Water’s living-learning center on Chapel Street, LongGreenHouse, has been exploring the intersection between Native culture and Permaculture with students from many walks of life. In July thirty students from the university’s Upward Bound program attended Joline Blais’ workshops on greenhouses and plant guilds. Meanwhile kids from LongGreenHouse’s Wassookeag school have been busy too: in …

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