7 Jul

Revisiting the Midway

From top to bottom:
1. Trial
2. Dark Horse
3. Alien
4. Pilgrim
5. Many Colour
6.Wheel of Fire
7. Glory Days

3 Jun

A summer parade opening the Calgary Stampede celebrations, July 6, 2001 is presented in triplicate. The visuals provide a focus for reflection on events that only weeks later marked changed levels of social innocence.

Missing Parade Notes was assembled and edited into a short video documenting highlights of the parade. Slow motion and colour treatment were added to age the footage. The result is reminiscent of archived film footage from an earlier time. The video was then assembled in triplicate as a base to carry the poetry text. Recently composed, the text message appears to have been added using analogue typewriter technology. Overall, the intention is to bridge the time disconnect and to verbalize current thoughts toward past events. The audio component is a mixed cacophony of music and cheering rising up to the spectator.

Missing Parade Notes from Valerie LeBlanc on Vimeo.

18 May

Living in Dangerously Smooth Times will be launched on May 26 at Chapters in Dieppe.
I will be there from 2 p.m. until  4 p. m. Looking forward to seeing you there!

499 Paul Dr Dieppe, NB
(506) 855-8075

“Working in the 9 to 5 jungle, might not be so bad if it did not have to get personal.” LIVING IN DANGEROUSLY SMOOTH TIMES is a collection of thoughts: stray stories, tips for living less stressfully, and social – political observations. Humor and sprigs of hope have been planted here.

At a young age, sometime before starting school, Valerie LeBlanc was out playing and began to jump over a hole that some workers had dug for a clothesline pole. In she fell and began calling for help. The hole was a few times deeper than her height and no one heard her. Realizing that she was on her own, Valerie began to climb up the narrow tube. By grabbing onto small rocks, pressing the toes of her shoes into crevasses, and arching her back against the sides of the hole, she was able to save herself. Learning this valuable life-lesson at a young age helped her to form an attitude of optimism and self-reliance that she imparts with a measure of humor in Living in Dangerously Smooth Times.

Language: English
Number of pages: 138
Published by: Basic Bruegel Editions
Publication date: May 2012
Cover illustration, inside illustrations: Valerie LeBlanc
ISBN 978-0-9735206-5-1

29 Apr

A special issue of ellipse magazine published to mark the 100th anniversary of Frye’s birth. Under the direction of Jo-Anne Elder, ellipse is mandated with promoting literary translation and intercultural awareness. The Special Edition features new writing by authors from the Maritimes and across Canada.

LAUNCH OF ELLIPSE SPECIAL EDITION: April 28, 2012 – 4:00 pm Readings and cocktail reception Lobby, Delta Beauséjour.

My text is printed below:

Summer is my Archetype
to Northrop Frye

As I travel into this volume
on the track of words laid out for me
I ponder the maize that carries me there.

The ticket, is my own commitment to enter,
my willingness to explore the world waiting there for me
within the constructs of the media.

My mind fabricates meaning,
interpreted by my understanding of an agreement
between the architects of literacy.

The voices in there are built within my own mind.
The appearances are conjured through descriptors
as well as my own living experience.
I see
I smell
I touch
I taste
I feel
through travel on those tracks of words.

My mind is resolved to the idea that
although the medium is always part of those messages,
the essential quality of communication
remains the availability of the receiver
to perceive and to create with the tools
laid out by each new technology.

And now that those words,
accompanied by images and sounds
inhabit cyberspace.

They wrestle down oral tradition,
performance, interpretation and
traditions of ceremony requiring physical place.
They argue to own the floor.
I leave them to champion the polemics of ownership.

If I do not hear trees falling in the forest,
it is that I have decided upon a new fork in the road.

I smell the savage freshness of spring
as the frozen winter beast melts before me.
I kick the dry leaves of autumn into infinity
and swim further out,
into the lapping waves of summer.

As time wanders simultaneously
on intersecting planes,
its comedies and tragedies
play out in pink and green.

As the medium both renders and nurtures,
extracts it pound of flesh
in influence
It rebuilds according to its own rules.

Time melts in the rendering of thought.
The hourglass signals warning shots, the buzzer will sound.
So forget it
and swim out.



Ellipse Mag, Side by Side Editions / Éditions Côte-à-Côte
No 87-88
ISBN 978-0-9737528-3-1

Summer is my Archetype, pps 165-166



20 Apr

PARADE (2012)

written by No Comments posted in Video

Videotaped from an apartment tower, this bird’s eye view features highlights of the July 6, 2001 Calgary Stampede Parade. Altered speeds are used for visuals and the cacophony of rising sound. Long shadows exaggerate the point of view.

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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