5 Mar


If you are in Dawson, YK,  go have a look at the new exhibition at the the Odd Gallery and maybe rent one of the videos!  The show,  a project by Suzanne Carte and  Su-Ying Lee is called: Under New Management – Video Store.  A few of my titles have been included: Missing Parade Notes (2012), Paper Moon (2011), The Renovation (2007), Bye Bye Three-Quarter Inch (2004), Downtown (2003), Summerquote (2002) and What We Take With Us (2011), a collaborative work between myself and Daniel Dugas.  It is so exciting to see a distribution launch of this nature!

The following is from the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture website:

Frankly, we’re not your typical video store. Far from it! In fact, Under New Management is a virtual entertainment funhouse allowing you to pay-what-you-wish. We have many rare titles and a unique rental policy!

Video Store is a gallery exhibition that takes the form of a video rental store. The project employs the characteristics of the retail environment to connect to the local community while, challenging the gallery’s role as an intermediary that delimits the viewer’s direct access to art. Video titles in stock are artists’ works procured through an open call for submissions . “Customers” are asked to pay what they wish, which can be interpreted as cash, a non-monetary exchange, critique, or no remuneration. This facet is in place as an experimental form of engagement, where artists have the opportunity to receive responses directly from viewers. In turn, the viewer has an uncommon channel to the artist. In addition to payment, rental and return are also on an honour-system basis to remove barriers that exist due to membership requirements, deposits, and return policies at commercial ventures.

Including video works by: Alleyway A.G., Artlitwell, Perry Bard, Aleks Bartosik, Steve Basham, Sarah Beck, Ashley Bedet, Simon Belleau, Stephane Boutet, Theodore Boutet, Pierre Chaumont, Millie Chen, Michèle Clarke, Eva Colmers, Claro Cosco, Sarah DiPaola, Robert Dayton, Zoran Dragelj, Daniel Dugas, Megan Dyck, Caz Egelie, Clint Enns, Sky Fairchild-Waller, Simon Frank, Lisa Folkerson, Sarah Fortais, Kandis Freisen, Stephen Paul Fulton, Daniel Gallay, Paul Gordon, Shlomi Greenspan, Keeley Haftner, Martin Hamblen, Ursula Handleigh, Sienna Hanshw, Mike Hansen, Paul Harrison, Mathew Hayes, Stefan Herda, Karen Hibbard, Candice Irwin, Felix Kalmenson, Eva Kolcze, Apostoly Peter Kouroumalis, Toni Latour, Anastasia Lognova, Christopher Lacroix, Valerie LeBlanc, Renee Lear, Melanie Loew, Duncan MacDonald, Adrienne Marcus Raja, Lyla Rye, Mani Mazinani, Penny McCann, Arlin McFarlane, Kristine Mifsud, Gordon Monahan, Caroline Monnet, Didier Morelli, Grey Muldoon, Midi Onodera, Juan Ortiz-Apuy, Ryan Park, Jason Penney, Iqrar Rizvi, Jade Rude, Matthieu Sabourin, Liana Schmidt, Olivia Simpson, Tom Smith, Leslie Supnet, Maya Suess, Laura Taler, Aislinn Thomas, Peter Von Tiesenhausen, Carolyn Tripp, Carmen Victor, vsvsvs, Ellen Wetmore, Elinor Whidden, Oauk Wiersbinski, Damien Worth, Robert Zverina… and many more!

UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT (UNM) is comprised of the curatorial team Suzanne Carte and Su-Ying Lee, a collective of cultural producers working in contemporary art. Operating as a mutable entity, UNM re-invents roles and shifts boundaries to inspire production and engagement. Collaboration with new and experimental strategies is at the forefront of their practice.

Suzanne Carte is an independent curator and critical art writer. Currently, she works as the Assistant Curator at the Art Gallery of York University (AGYU) focusing on an integrative model to utilize public programming as a pedagogical tool within the academic institution. Previously she held positions as outreach programmer for the Blackwood Gallery and the Art Gallery of Mississauga and as professional development and public program coordinator at the Ontario Association of Art Galleries. She is on the Board of Directors of C Magazine, an international art quarterly devoted to promoting critical discussion about contemporary art. Within Suzanne’s independent practice, she has curated exhibitions in public spaces, artist-run centres, commercial and public art galleries including All Systems Go!, Under New Management, MOTEL and Man’s Ruin. Suzanne recently completed her Masters of Contemporary Art at the Sotheby’s Art Institute in New York City.

Su-Ying Lee is the Assistant Curator at the Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art (MOCCA) and most recently completed a one-year curatorial residency at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, funded by the Canada Council for the Arts. Lee has both institutional experience and a number of independent projects to her credit. She has curated exhibitions that include the work of Kent Monkman and Lawrence Weiner and commissioned the work of Harrell Fletcher and Wendy Red Star. Her curatorial practice has been steadily evolving into the expanded field. Lee is interested in the role of curator as co-conspirator, accomplice and active agent. She seeks new ways to mobilize art, audiences and context.

Klondike Institute of Art and Culture

Click here to download the exhibition brochure


18 Jan

The first INTERNATIONAL FILM POETRY FESTIVAL in Greece had a encore presentation on January 4th 2013 at the Empros Theatre in Athens :

The program of the festival :

7 Dec


Life is a lot of things happening at once and often there is no place for time out. How can individuals recognize life-defining moments and use them to carry forward or change direction? On the raft, we learn a little about the lives of each character. Maybe it is enough to gain insight into the human condition.

Five fictional characters have been imagined from elements shared by participants during interviews. During each production, players will augment the narratives with their individual perspectives and stories.

Language: English
Number of pages: 56
Published by: Basic Bruegel Editions
Publication date: December 2012
Cover illustration: Valerie LeBlanc
ISBN 978-0-9735206-0-6

Price: CDN$ 9.95 + tax and shipping
To purchase please contact: Basic Bruegel Editions

8 Nov

Videos from my Downtown series have been included in the first INTERNATIONAL FILM POETRY FESTIVAL in Greece.  Here is the information:

+ the Institute [ for Experimental Arts ] in association with internet archive site of Video Poetry Moving Poems present the first INTERNATIONAL FILM POETRY FESTIVAL in Greece

Sat. 10 / 11 / 2012
in Athens Polytechnic School, starts at 21.00 with participations from artists (poets, directors, video artists) from Europe, Asia, Africa and Americas. The show will create a historical line from 1830 to 2012 based on counter-culture poets.

Will be presented Audio visual archives from William Blake , Allan Poe, Charles Baudelaire, Sylvia Plath, Emily Dickinson, Charles Bukowski, Jack Kerouak, William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Κaterina Gogou, Κostas Kariotakis, J.Hope Stein, Martha McCollough, Ye Mimmi, Valerie LeBlanc, Shabnam Piryaei, Dave Bonta, Alper Yildirim, Swoon, R.W. Perkins, blocsdelletres, immprint ltd and young poets from many different countries.

The first International Film Poetry Festival will be hosted at the EROS or NOTHINGNESS Audio Visual Poetry Live Concert organized by Void Network and is dedicated to the international solidarity movement for the 15 arrested Greek Antifascist demonstrators of 30/9/2012. More than 4000 people expected to attend the festival.


+ το Ινστιτούτο [Πειραματικών Τεχνών]
σε συνεργασία με τη διαδικτυακή ανθολογία
βίντεο-ποίησης Moving Poems
παρουσιάζουν το
ΣΑΒΒ. 10 / 11 / 2012
Ώρα έναρξης 21.00
με συμμετοχές καλλιτεχνών(ποιητών, σκηνοθετών, videoartists) από Ευρώπη, Ασία, Αφρική και Αμερική χαράζοντας μια ιστορική διαδρομή από το 1830 μέχρι το 2012 βασισμένη σε ποιητές της αντικουλτούρας.
Προβάλλονται οπτικοακουστικά αρχεία με την πραγματική φωνή της Sylvia Plath, Emily Dickinson, Charles Bukowski, Jack Kerouak, William S. Burroughs όπως επίσης και του Allen Ginsberg. Oι ποιητές που παρουσιάζονται σε αυτή την ζώνη είναι: William Blake,Sylvia Plath,Emily Dickinson and Charles Bukowski, Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Baudelaire, Κατερίνα Γώγου, Κώστας Καρυωτάκης, J.Hope Stein, Martha McCollough,Ye Mimmi, Valerie LeBlanc, Shabnam Piryaei, Dave Bonta, Alper Yildirim, Swoon, R.W. Perkins, blocsdelletres, immprint ltd και πολλοί νέοι ποιητές από διαφορετικές χώρες.
To διεθνές φεστιβάλ βιντεο-ποίησης
είναι μέρος της εκδήλωσης
Audio Visual Live Concert
που διοργανώνεται από το
στο Πολυτεχνείο
και είναι αφιερωμένο
στην διεθνή αλληλεγγύη για τους
15 Αντιφασίστες συλληφθέντες
της Μοτοπορείας στις 30/9.
+Ινστιτούτο [Πειραματικών Τεχνών] με σημαντική βοήθεια από:
Moving Poems http://movingpoems.com/
Immprint LTD (Graphic Design Consultancy)
Sherbet animation studio http://www.sherbet.co.uk/
Blocsdelletres ( Literature Hyperblog Catalane)
http://vimeo.com/blocsdelletres // http://www.blocsdelletres.com/

1 Nov

What lies beneath is obscured from the eyes and memory but never erased.  The race to find H2O on the moon has less to do with discovery, and more to do with the burn and lay waste policies that are wiping out this planet’s ecosystems.  This is definitely not rocket science.

Considering the length of time it took for all of the wonders of nature to form under and on top of this crust we stand on, the rate of speed with which they are being so ungracefully de-formed is all the more alarming.  The whole of the destruction carried out in the name of progress is far more spectacular than the sight of any great wonder of nature; any disaster shaped through wind, water or fire as this world turns in space.

And yet, the very doing of these spectacular deeds is often hidden from view, cordoned off behind high security perimeters.  Those perimeters are necessary for reasons of safety, yet they serve the dual purpose of de-emphasizing the impact of these sites.  What is not seen is not understood in its entirety and these achievements are not for the eyes of the uninitiated, the unentitled, those who would not be capable of appreciating the majesty, or the wealth accumulated and skimmed off.  It would seem that some destruction is underestimated or (worse) hidden from sight, but satellite images reveal the scope of the destruction.[1]

The Covetous Acquisition of Oil And Minerals

The process starts with a boreal forest, rain forest, or tropical rainforest.  Stage one is the scraping out of all plant systems and topsoil that obscure the view, blocking the right of way.  More digging reveals what lies beneath, Unobtanium as James Cameron so lamely labeled his holy grail in Avatar.[2]

All of that exposure obscures the obvious: much has been buried in the name of a search for resources.  The term is a general catchall used to label exploitable, marketable goods.  Even the term goods comes into question here.  Would goodies not be more appropriate?  The movement of human populations has been restricted and sometimes those populations living in resource-rich regions have been removed altogether.  Deprived of their culturally historic human right and need to exist there, their plight becomes buried.  When they are unable to adjust to an unchosen life change, whose fault is it?  Cultural genocide has been shown to be a slower, more tortuous form of genocide than the more obvious genocides carried out in open warfare.

When I hear of a great new scientific discovery, I stand back to decide if I will be shuddering in my boots.  I usually become aware of these marvels through news releases.  News is a concept that hints at enlightening, illuminating.  More often than not, it is carrying product placement to primetime under the thin veil of researched reporting.  If a product is directly involved, the name of the parent company surfaces quickly.  Shareholders light up with the glow of well-placed investments.

Currently, the race to find H2O on Earth’s moon has dropped out of the headlines.  Reporting on the ravages of large scale mining projects on earth have also slipped while moves are being made to lasso and to mine asteroids.[3]  Reaching for Mars is also useful distraction to report upon.  To answer CBC’s Science Reporter, Bob McDonald’s question, “What is the most amazing point about the Mars discovery project?”  The cost Bob (and the perceived profit margins that make the venture worth the risk.)[4]

And upon leaving this fragile and seemingly defenseless planet, will those hungry scientific minds be able to stop for drive-through fast food on the way?  Will there be blue moon cheese for snacks, or is that greenbacked paper moon all that will shine for us in that brave new future?

What lies beneath might be obscured from the eyes but memory of its displacement will never be erased.  What is buried, the progress of profit, waits to be exposed annually, under the carefully constructed clauses prepared for the annual report.

Whenever I hear of a new scientific discovery, I tend to hold my breath to know whether we should expect that the natural world will suffer for it.  This time we need to ask some obvious questions.  When it comes to restructuring the very essence of the physical universe, can CEO’s, with their reputations for disappearing with large severance pays in time of crisis, be permitted to make decisions that affect all of us?  Laying aside the bottom line of corporate profit there are more complicated questions to ask when considering what you can make out of this world.  As a launching pad is not the solution for everyone, is now the time when everyone should have a say in re-shaping the wings of chaos?[5]

A paper moon and a cardboard sea; ideas that are out of this world.  This is definitely not rocket science for the imagination in the face of out of bounds science experiments.

Shareholders Report was originally written to accompany 2011 screenings of Paper Moon, Cardboard Sea.  (24es Instants Video at Le 104, Paris, FR; OIL, Emmedia, Calgary, AB, OK.Quoi?!; Contemporary Arts Festival, Sackville, NB.)  The article was finalized and released, October 16, 2012.

Paper Moon (2011) from Valerie LeBlanc on Vimeo.

The video Paper Moon can be viewed at: http://vimeo.com/20022605


– Valerie LeBlanc October 16, 2012

[1] Alberta Tar Sands Images. Accessed October 16, 2012.  https://www.google.ca/search?q=alberta%20tar%20sands%20images&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&source=hp&channel=np

Oil Sands. Accessed October 16, 2012.  Last modified October 14, 2012. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oil_sands

[2] Avatar Wiki Unobtainium.  Accessed, October 16, 2012. http://james-camerons-avatar.wikia.com/wiki/Unobtanium

Wikipedia, Unobtainium. Accessed October 16, 2012. Last modified October 13, 2012.

[3] Asteroid Mining, The National, Apr 24, 2012.  Accessed October 16, 2012.

Planetary Resources Inc., Asteroids are the best real estate in the Solar System.  Accessed
October 16, 2012.  http://www.planetaryresources.com/asteroids/

[4] Thurton, David, CBC News.  Mars rover has a considerable Canadian connection, see video Mars triumph or disaster?  Posted Aug 3, 2012.  Last Updated Aug 7, 2012.  http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story/2012/08/03/f-mars-rover-canadian-technology.html

[5] Rouse, Margaret.  Chaos Theory.  Accessed October 16, 2012. Last updated March 2009. http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/chaos-theory

Wikipedia.  Chaos Theory. Accessed October 16, 2012. Last modified October 5, 2012.


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.

À partir de leur exploration du parc national des Everglades, Daniel H. Dugas et Valerie LeBlanc cartographient dans cet essai poétique les effets de la présence humaine sur le milieu naturel, les traces qu’elle y dépose. Everglades est une ode à la beauté, à la fragilité et à la résilience d’une nature aux prises avec une espèce envahissante, la nôtre.

Through their exploration of the Everglades National Park, Daniel H. Dugas and Valerie LeBlanc document, in this poetic collection, the effects of human presence in the natural world and the traces left behind. Everglades is an ode to the beauty, the fragility and the resilience of nature faced with the invasiveness of a particular species, ours.

Date : Mars 2018
Genre : Poésie
Collection : Poésie
ISBN : 9782897441029

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