15 Aug

I am very happy that Cultural Flotsam has been included in the 2017 Festival Silencio!

O Festival Silêncio é um festival transdisciplinar e participativo que celebra a palavra como veículo de conhecimento e como unidade de criação. Durante quatro dias, a palavra instala-se no bairro do Cais do Sodré, num programa que percorre diferentes géneros e linguagens, através de um diálogo constante entre música, performance, conferências e conversas, cinema, exposições, literatura, intervenções e oficinas.

28 de Setembro e 1 de Outubro


18 Jun


Our (Daniel H. Dugas and Valerie LeBlanc)collaborative videos Illumination (2016) and Work and Love (1990 – part of Slices of Life) have been selected for the Output-Input exhibition. EMMEDIA Member’s Retrospective Exhibition runs: July 14 – August 26, 2017.

EMMEDIA has been a place where media arts lives for almost 40 years! Having recently moved into our new location with two new presentation spaces, we will be featuring work by past and current members and artists, showcasing the rich history of media arts at EMMEDIA. A group exhibition will be featuring established media artists who have laid the groundwork and foundation, alongside emerging media artists that will be shaping the future of EMMEDIA. A formal screening will be presented during the opening reception featuring works from the 1980s – present, with some produced right here at EMMEDIA. We end the night with live performances by prominent audio artists in our community. The exhibition runs until August 26 with the screening available for viewing on the digital screens at EMMEDIA. Come celebrate the media arts community in our new location!

Opening Reception Schedule:
Doors @ 7PM
Screening @ 7:30PM
Artist Q&A @ 8:30PM
Live Performances @ 9:30PM

Peformances by:
Chris Dadge + TBA
Whitney Ota + TBA

Installations by:
Tom Andriuk
Noel Bégin
faxingmyfriends (Teresa Tam, Jadda Tsui, and Sandrine Weltzin)
Lowell Smith
Sandra Vida

Screenings by:
Daniel Dugas & Valerie LeBlanc
Colleen Kerr
Greg Marshall
Lon Parker
Aran Wilkinson-Blanc


5 Jun


Our collaborative (Daniel H. Dugas and Valerie LeBlanc) video Illumination has been selected for screening at the MIX Conference, Bath, UK.
Date: 10th -12th July 2017

Poetry Film Screenings at Mix

This selection has been curated by Lucy English, Reader in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, co- founder of Liberated Words which creates, curates and screens poetry films and Zata Banks, founder of PoetryFilm, an influential research arts project and film screening series.

The selected films reveal the energy and commitment to the poetry film genre by its practitioners, and explore the different approaches to combining words with moving image. Some of our filmmakers are well known and have received many accolades; others are new to the field.


Othneil Smith. If We Must Die.

Tommy Becker. Song for Disobedient Youth

Lemar Barrett. Electric Roses

Jordan Caylor. Untitled

Helen Dewbery. The Goose

Manuel Vilarinho. No Pais Dos Sacanas


Jim Pomeroy. Words

Marie Craven. Anatomy

Cindy St. Onge. Road to Damascus

Dave Bonta. Grassland

Matthew Griffith. Pain in Colour


Damon Moore. The Multi Storey Car Park in Trenchard Street

Shuhei Hatona. Seventh Window

Valerie LeBlanc and Daniel Dugas. Illumination

Sophie Seita. Objects I Cannot Touch

Angie Bogachenko. Oracle of a Found Shoe

Cheryl Gross . Shop

Fin Harvor. The Carpet 1.

Andrew Demirijan. I Tremble with Anticipation

Kate Flaherty. A Mouse’s Prayer.

More information about the films and the film makers/poets can be found on the MiX conference website.

22 Apr

“Platform 450,” a transdisciplinary initiative hosted on the 450 acres of the Deering Estate, will draw together varied practices that converge on the exploration of scientific data and new technologies as they relate to our natural and historic site.

Works on display demonstrate artistic practices that use virtual reality, microscopic imagery, sea level rise modeling, and social media with artists that include: Priscilla Aleman, Archival Feedback- Thom Wheeler Castillo & Emile Milgrim, Dan Alvarez, Willie Avendano, John William Bailly, Frida Baranek, O’Neal Bardin III, Xavier Cortada, Mark Diamond, Ediel Dominguez, Maxwell Hartley, Valerie LeBlanc & Daniel H. Dugas, Home Eleven -Nelly Bonilla & Oscar Luna, Ian Honore, Peter Hosfeld, Carol Jazzar, Charles Lindsay, Richard Medlock, Luciano Rabuske, Gretchen Scharnagl, Skip Snow, Kyle Trowbridge, Freda Tschumy, Keith Waddington.

“Platform 450” Deering Spring Contemporary
Exhibit and Event Schedule for Saturday, April 22, 2017

Exhibition on view daily through June 26


More info >>>>

16 Mar

Once we enter into a photograph, even for a fleeting glance, we become changed. And if we take the time to look around ‘in there’, imagining the view to the left and right, farther off in the horizon and even back behind us, we can be there with the person who looks out to us. As she/he looks into the camera, we look back to her/him through the lens of the photographer; on a clear day, time and space melt in between.

Most of the photographs that I have seen on writer/journalist Paul Seesequasis’ Facebook postings of First Nations people appear to imply an agreeable exchange between the camera operator and the subject; a mutual collaboration from one side of the lens to the other.[1] That agreement might be the major difference between this archival collection and other pictorial exposés of rural and northern life in Canada, Nunavut and south of the Medicine Line.[2]

Although political, economic, and even geological historical events might be found inside those frames, these are not the perceived focus in the Seesequasis’ photo project. Perhaps equally important, these photos do not speak of relocations of aboriginal peoples from their traditional hunting and fishing territories.[3] Unlike official archival collections of the past, these photographs feature a rich domestic life, the joy of living and spiritual presence.

The collection shows family life and activities of daily life in times of peace, in rural or extreme northern settings. The themes are ones that everyone can find in their family albums. It also forms part of that bigger history of life inside First Nations communities and a sharing of culture. To describe the profound impact of any photograph can be difficult. In this specific project, I both ‘do not know’ the people in the photographs, and I know them. I know some of the time periods firsthand, and I know others from looking through my own family’s albums; archive searches; from studying; and from living some of those events myself.

For several months I have opened Facebook to see the archival postings of Paul Seesequasis. I don’t pass a lot of time on Facebook, I missed some but saw many. During that time, I felt that these photos bring us all to that time; we can share what was happening: We take the wagon home from the blueberry field, laugh with the children and dance in celebration at a community party. The images come from a time when, if someone had a camera, it was a special and important gesture to record an event and to get the photos developed for the album. And yet, they are more than what some call ‘snapshots’.

I wanted to write something about specific photographs in this collection but found that I could not say anything without beginning a whole history of the photograph in which each of these would belong. In the end, I look forward to seeing what Paul Seesequasis says in his book about his photographic posts and the people included in this archival project.

[1] What’s in a name: Indian, Native, Aboriginal or Indigenous? Don Marks, CBC News Posted: Oct 02, 2014 http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/what-s-in-a-name-indian-native-aboriginal-or-indigenous-1.2784518

[2] The Medicine Line, has traditionally been a well travelled North/South route for Native Americans visiting kin above and below the 49th Parallel.

[3] Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, Volume 1 – Looking Forward Looking Back | PART TWO False Assumptions and a Failed Relationship, Chapter 11: Relocation of Aboriginal Communities, p 395. URL: https://qspace.library.queensu.ca/bitstream/handle/1974/6874/RRCAP1_combined.pdf?sequence=5&isAllowed=y


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.