Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Fair e-Tales by Joline Blais, Keith Frank & Jon Ippolito 2000

Fair e-Tales by Joline Blais, Keith Frank & Jon Ippolito is a fun website that allows the viewer to change up three popular fairy tales. The original date their e-Tales were created was September 2000, but the website states that this is the 2005 version. The viewer can change up Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel by choosing two of the story's main characters. It is fun because the viewer gets to see how the stories would be if they were tweaked just a little bit instead of the way they were told to them as a child.

Joline Blais and Jon Ippolito founded a New Media program of the University of Maine at Orono called Still Water. "Still Water" connotes the values electronic and cultural networks need to thrive. These include transparency, open access to ideas and code; variability, the capacity to morph into new configurations as the need arises; and stillness, a rare quality in today's frenetic culture but one demanded by any creative endeavor. Still Water is not a center--for a successful network has none--but a medium primed for the transmission of multiple waves of culture. Jon Ippolito was trained as an astrophysicist that later became interested in art, "particularly in the parallel between digital art and Minimalist and Conceptual art, a parallel that led him to propose a new paradigm for preserving art called the Variable Media Network."

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