2 Aug

Annotation (2013)

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Annotation is a performative video poem that started with reflection on a text by French writer Charles Péguy (1873 – 1914). In Oeuvres Posthumes, Péguy says God maybe likes more those who suffer the truth more than those who speak the truth.

Péguy wrote that history has long arms and no arms. In the digital age, history is written and rewritten. As we access all of the histories, the truth is sometimes reshuffled. Sometimes, the deeper we dig, the less we can know as there are more versions than reliable facts.

The text I have written speaks of history and its consequences. A long armed, zombie-like figure wanders aimlessly through an abandoned tennis court. The video wants to posit the question: “What can one individual do?”


Annotation est un vidéopoème à caractère performatif qui se base sur la réflexion de l’écrivain Charles Péguy (1873 – 1914). Dans Oeuvres Posthumes, Péguy dit « Dieu aime peut-être mieux ceux qui subissent la vertu que ceux qui en parlent ». Il continue en disant « l’Histoire a les bras longs, mais elle n’a pas de bras. »

Nous vivons dans une ère numérique où l’histoire s’écrit et se réécrit constamment. Nous avons accès à toutes les histoires, mais la vérité est parfois remaniée. Notre recherche d’authenticité se bute souvent à cette quantité de variantes toujours plus grande. Le texte présenté dans Annotation explore l’historicité et ses conséquences. Tel un zombie, la figure aux longs bras semble questionner ce qui peut encore être accompli.


Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/72466615



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About Valerie LeBlanc

Originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, pluri-­disciplinary artist and writer Valerie LeBlanc has worked in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Australia. Her creations travel between poetry, performance, visual and written theory. Valerie LeBlanc has been creating video poetry since the mid 1980’s, and is the creator of the MediaPackBoard (MPB), portable screening / performance device. In the fall of 2012, she published her play The Raft, through Basic Bruegel Editions.