10 Sep

I am delighted to have been included in the ‘Poems from the Interior’. A heartfelt thanks to editors Catherine Parayre and Nicholas Hauck as well as the Research Centre in Interdisciplinary Arts and Creative Culture at Brock University for instigating this project.

Since the beginning of 2020, the ongoing epidemic has forced us to into prolonged confinement and caused us to re-examine our own interiors—physical, psychological, emotional—as spaces for working, learning, entertaining, living, suffering, and dreaming, which has provoked unusual, odd experiences within what is most familiar. Poems in French or English, and their audio recordings, by established and emerging poets invite us to a visit of our homes and our selves.

With: AM Matte, Daniel H. Dugas, Eric Charlebois, Fan Wu, Garry Thomas Morse, Hélène Koscielniak, Jami Macarty, Michèle Vinet, Paul Ruban, Paul Savoie, Valerie LeBlanc




8 Sep

Your Word in Lights is a participatory Media Performance created by Daniel H. Dugas and Valerie LeBlanc within the Fresh AIR program at Hopewell Rocks.

Many of our projects focus on the environment and the passage of humans in the landscape. Your Word in Lights falls into this category.

We will ask visitors to offer us one word that describes their overall impression of the site. For example, the word might represent a description of the light quality at Hopewell Rocks, an animal or plant that comes to mind when experiencing the site, or a sense of wonderment inspired by the scale of this natural setting.

Participants will be able to stop by our setup on their way back up from walking on the ocean floor during low tide, or after they contemplate the overall view during the high tide. We will record the participant’s word onto a laptop and with a USB key we will transfer the word onto a portable LED sign. At times, we will go mobile and locate on the ocean floor, other times, we will install the setup on the staircase. Your Word in Lights will serve as a beacon and a reminder of the inspiration that this unique location can provide.

For more information: http://fundy.basicbruegel.com/ (under the tab – Hopewell Rocks)

Un mot en lumière est une performance médiatique participative créée par Daniel H. Dugas et Valerie LeBlanc à Hopewell Rocks dans le cadre du programme AIR Frais.

Plusieurs de nos projets mettent l’accent sur l’environnement et l’interaction humaine sur le terrain. Un mot en lumière fait partie de cette catégorie.

À Hopewell Rocks, nous demanderons aux visiteurs de nous proposer un mot qui décrit leur impression générale du site. Par exemple, le mot pourrait représenter une description de la qualité de la lumière au parc des rochers Hopewell, un animal ou une plante qui leur vient à l’esprit en découvrant le site, ou un sentiment d’émerveillement inspiré par l’ampleur de ce lieu unique.

Les participants pourront s’arrêter devant notre installation après avoir marché sur le fond marin à marée basse, ou après avoir contemplé la vue à marée haute. Nous noterons le mot du participant sur un ordinateur portable et, à l’aide d’une clé USB, nous transférerons le mot sur un panneau DEL portable. Parfois, nous nous déplacerons sur le fond marin; d’autres fois, nous nous installerons près de l’escalier. Un mot en lumière servira de phare et de rappel de l’inspiration créée par ce lieu unique.

Pour plus information : http://fundy.basicbruegel.com/ (sous l’onglet – Hopewell Rocks)

The Fresh AIR program places professional artists in Provincial parks during Labour Day Weekend (September 5 to 7, 2020) to engage with the public and develop their artistic practice or existing projects in a natural setting during the challenging reality of COVID-19.

Dans le cadre du programme AIR Frais, des artistes professionnels seront présents dans les parcs provinciaux pendant la fin de semaine de la fête du Travail (du 5 au 7 septembre 2020). Ils dialogueront avec le public et travailleront sur des projets artistiques, nouveaux ou existants, dans un cadre naturel et pendant la période difficile de la COVID 19.

30 Aug

Starting the day at the Multiverse Poetry Festival Singapore via virtual tools was great!

Hearing Christopher Okemwa singing his first poetry selection was really special and resounded with memories of choral groups in Kenya. Although the connection was interrupted, Okembwa’s words were not lost and in his second work, he carried strong comments focusing on the Black Lives Matter movement and the state of current affairs in the USA. The Poetry Festival Singapore organization did a super job with the setup and in making we participants feel comfortable with the setting. I found it relaxing enough to sit and enjoy the presentations, even up to the point of my own presentation. That was different as I am usually pacing and rehearsing right up until the moment of – you’re on! LKN came with interesting comments for each introduction and his own live composition came through strongly. Cathy Limpe Candano’s perceptive comments to new and previously published poets provided important encouragement for everyone to reflect upon. It is impossible to comment on everyone’s work in one paragraph but I would like to say that Unmesh Mohitkar’s Stand Tall was touching and deeply sad but its positive message carried well through the Internet.

Eric Tinsay Valles has remained a friend since I met him at the Kisii Poetry Festival in Kisii, Kenya 2016. It seems that now I have a new company of colleagues since reading in Singapore. I have to keep saying that I hope that we can all meet up in the earth’s landscape in the future. Please tell LKN that we will have the passports ready to go!

30 Aug

Happy to participate in this Poetry Festival Singapore event!

Poetry Festival Singapore
August 29, 2020 | 08.30PM – 10.00PM (+8 GMT)

08.30PM: Opening of the show
08.31PM: Latha
08.41PM: Catherine Candano
08.51PM: Sarvin Afarinesh
09.01PM: Christopher Okemwa
09.11PM: Unmesh Mohitkar
09.21PM: Eric Tinsay Valles
09.27PM: LKN
09.31PM: Marikit
09:41PM: Daniel Dugas & Valerie Le Blanc
09.51PM: Tan Chee Lay
10.00PM: Closing of the on-air, and opening the off-air poetry jam

Poetry Festival Singapore, formerly known as National Poetry Festival, offers a multilingual, multicultural, multi-generational platform for poets and poetry enthusiasts in the appreciation of the art of poetry in Singapore. Poetry Festival Singapore aims also to develop the written and spoken word in the island’s four official languages and to organize events and activities related to the literary arts.

21 Aug

Here is our interview with Catherine Parayre of The Small Walker Press about our book Videopoetry / Vidéopoésie. Enjoy!

1 :07 min
Why this book?

2:33 min
Many of your works are collaborative, how do you work together on projects?

8:40 min
Your book is called Videopoetry / Vidéopoésie. Many people talk about film poems or cine poetry, what guides your choice of words?

11:44 min
How does a printed text do justice to time-based material?

15:55 min
In your practice of videopoetry, in what ways is the writing of poetry inspired or directed by the video component? What is the creative-writing process?

17: 45 min
How would you say that the end product, the published book with still images, is changing or not your videopoetry work?

20:04 min
A question about the movement in the images + conclusion

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.

L’artiste pluridisciplinaire Valerie LeBlanc est vidéaste, poète, performeuse et essayiste. Son travail oscille entre le remarquable et le quotidien. Elle a exposé ses œuvres en Europe, en Australie et au Brésil. Elle crée des vidéopoèmes depuis le milieu des années 1980 et a inventé le MediaPackBoard (MPB), un appareil de projection mobile pour la performance.

Date : April 2020
Genre : Vidéopoésie/Videopoetry

Videopoetry / Vidéopoésie

Small Walker Press