9 Apr

While contemplating an impossible and futile task, a lone figure ponders the meaning of life, passage of time and memories of lives lived.

Tout en contemplant une tâche impossible et futile, une silhouette solitaire s’interroge sur la signification de la vie, le passage du temps et les souvenirs des vies vécues.


Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/91305276



18 Jan


Third Space Gallery presents Under New Management: Straight to Video a curatorial project by Suzanne Carte and Su Ying Lee.

Under New Management : Straight to Video

Curated by Suzanne Carte and Su-Ying Lee

January 18, 2014 – February 28, 2014

Reception & Talk with Curators: February 15th, 4:30 to 6:30

Third Space Gallery – 49 Canterbury Street

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!

Under New Management: Video Store exhibition takes the form of a video rental store that carries artists’ videos. 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.

Boundaries are blurred and expectations subverted through a presentation model that proposes a hybrid between the gallery context and the broader public sphere. Currently, we are on the cusp of the dematerialization of the video rental business. Large corporate chains and family run businesses share in the same fate. The most unfortunate loss is that of the local independent operation that carried rare titles, cult favorites, documentaries, experimental films, and hard to find foreign titles. Under New Management: Video Store provides audiences with the opportunity to view content that is not produced strictly by Hollywood with blockbuster aspirations.

All good things must come to an end. Unfortunately the trend of vanishing family-owned establishments is not just affecting the mom & pop shops that conveniently distribute videos and stale popcorn, but even the bigger institutions fall. Honest Ed’s is on the chopping block to be sold to the highest real estate bidder. In wake of this current news, Lena Suksi’s bright hand-painted video store signage too will soon become a nostalgic part of our recent past.

Our dvd collection boasts over 200 titles including a cross-section of documentaries, experimental, drama, science fiction, comedy, and horror. We also have a growing collection of VHS tapes! Don’t miss out. Rent today!

You will find works by Alleyway A.G., Jose Angeles, Alleyway A.G. (Dr. Oliver Love), Artlitwell, Bambitchell, Perry Bard, Aleks Bartosik, Steve Basham, Sarah Beck, Ashley Bedet, Simon Belleau, Stephane Boutet, Theodore Boutet, Pierre Chaumont, Millie Chen, Emelie Chhangur, Michèle Pearson Clarke, collectif_fact, Eva Colmers, Claro Cosco, Department of Biological Flow, Sarah DiPaola, Robert Dayton, Zoran Dragelj, Daniel Dugas, Megan Dyck, Caz Egelie, Clint Enns, Sky Fairchild-Waller, Fake Injury Party, Simon Frank, Lisa Folkerson, Magill Foote, Barbara Fornssler, Sarah Fortais, Kandis Freisen, Stephen Paul Fulton, Daniel Gallay, Paul Gordon, Shlomi Greenspan, Keeley Haftner, Martin Hamblen, Ursula Handleigh, Sienna Hanshaw, Mike Hansen, Paul Harrison, Mathew Hayes, Stefan Herda, Karen Hibbard, Candice Irwin, Shawn Olin Jordan, Felix Kalmenson, A.S.M Kobayashi, Eva Kolcze, Apostoly Peter Kouroumalis, Lamathailde, Toni Latour, Anastasia Lognova, Christopher Lacroix, Valerie LeBlanc, Renee Lear, Julie Lequin, Melanie Lowe, Duncan MacDonald, Logan MacDonald, Adrienne Marcus Raja, Mani Mazinani, Penny McCann, Arlin McFarlane, Francis Adair KcKenzie, Kristine Mifsud, Gordon Monahan, Caroline Monnet, Didier Morelli, Lydia Moyer, John Monteith, Grey Muldoon, Midi Onodera, Juan Ortiz-Apuy, Ryan Park, Jason Penney, Sarah Pupo, Jai Arun Ravine, Richard Reeves, Iqrar Rizvi, Nicki Rolls, Kuk Del Rosario, Jade Rude, Lyla Rye, Matthieu Sabourin, Nathan Saliwonchyk, Juli Saragoas, Liana Schmidt, Melinda Seville, Olivia Simpson, Tom Smith, Barbara Sternberg, Leslie Supnet, Maya Suess, Laura Taler, Aislinn Thomas, Peter Von Tiesenhausen, Carolyn Tripp, Carmen Victor, vsvsvs, Ellen Wetmore, Elinor Whidden, Paul Wiersbinski, James Brendan Williams, Oauk Wiersbinski, Damien Worth, Robert Zverina… and many more!

Under New Management 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 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.

18 Dec

Participating in the Co-Kisser Film Poetry Festival gave a chance to visit The Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

24 Nov

3rd Annual Co-Kisser Poetry-Film Festival
October 19, 2013   4 – 8pm
Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota 

In October, I had the opportunity to screen my work MPB Was There Then at the Co-Kisser Poetry-Film Festival.  Thanks to funding from artsnb in the form of a Career Development: Arts-by-Invitation grant, I was able to attend and to participate actively during the Festival.

On Friday evening, several of the participants met socially with the Curators.  The meet-and-greet offered the chance to network.  It was surprising to find out that several of the works chosen were by Canadian artists, and as participants, we came from Moncton, Winnipeg-via-Halifax and Vancouver.  My partner and co- presenter, Daniel Dugas and I were able to arrive in time to take part in informal discussions.  Located in the block adjacent to The Minneapolis College of Art & Design (MCAD) where the festival took place, the Jasmine 26 has a tradition of welcoming artists.

My work MPB Was There Then was screened during the session Category 2: Soul on the Road – Physics, Math, and Memory.  Afterward, I took part in the panel discussion: Choosing to make Poetry-Films.  MPB Was There Then is based on a ‘mise-en-abyme’, or infinity image of myself and plays with concepts of time and self-representation.  Through the panel, I was able to talk about the various projects that I have brought together via the MediaPackBoard (MPB).  The MPB e-Book project/critical discourse, currently in-progress, is also supported by artsnb.  The project is scheduled for completion early in 2014.  I will be contacting the Co-Kisser Festival Curators Jen Marsh and Ruth Wollersheim when the e-book will be available.

The Co-Kisser International Poetry – film festival describes its venue as unique due to its intention to show both long and short films in all styles and genres. The overall impression I got from the festival was a sensibility for the human condition – something that is always close to my heart and often at the root of my own work.  When I learned that Jen March, Co-Curator and Founder of the event has been funding it herself for its three year history, I was further impressed.

The support I received to travel and to present at the Co-Kisser Poetry-Film Festival gave a chance to expand my network of peers and has enabled me to open up new conversations surrounding the discussion of video poetry and media arts from the New Brunswick perspective.  Daniel and I would like to see a similar video/film/poetry festival develop in Moncton and exposure to the Minnesota-St. Paul Co-Kisser was an opportunity to see ways of bringing it about through community participation.

The video MPB Was There Then and my earlier entry about the work can be seen online at:

Festival link:

Downloadable program link:

Festival archive:


This activity was supported by the New Brunswick Arts Board
Cette activité était soutenue par le Conseil des arts du Nouveau-Brunswick


30 Sep


Daniel Dugas and myself are extremely happy to have been invited by the Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Park to be the artists in residence for July 2014. It is a prestigious opportunity and referring to the tradition of invited artists, as stated in the 1st paragraph of the letter, ‘our work there will become part of the permanent record of the parks that helps to preserve them’. Described as a subtropical wilderness, with a unique combination of temperate and tropical characteristics, the Everglades has been designated as a World Heritage Site, an International Biosphere reserve, and a Wetland of International Importance. One of the main outcomes that the Park hopes to gain from the visiting artists is ‘to help visitors make emotional and intellectual connections with this amazing place’. As per our practice(s), we are looking forward to continuing to create poetic storylines within the exploration of this new media locative soundwalk project.


The following is from the AIRIE website: http://airie.org/2013/announcing-2014-airie-fellow/

Artists in Residence in Everglades proudly announces the 2014 AIRIE Fellows. This year, AIRIE boasts a creative group of local, national and international artists across several disciplines including painters, installation artists, new media artists, photographers, and writers, who will live and work in the Everglades for a month at a time.


2014 AIRIE Fellows include photographers Adam Nadel and Dana Levy, poet Breanna Dixon, painter Rodney Dickson, video artists Karl Staven and duo Daniel Dugas & Valerie LeBlanc, as well as Florida natives including multi-disciplinary artist Elite Kedan, photographer Emily Myerscough, visual artist Reed Van Brunschot, Regina Jestrow and Prudence Gill and writer Nathaniel Sandler. Read more about each of the AIRIE 2014 fellows.


South Florida is home to the only subtropical wilderness area in the country, AIRIE is the only program bringing artists to the Everglades. AIRIE’s purpose is to inform, connect, and support artists, writers and musicians who wish to be inspired by the Everglades and then become ambassadors for the Park and its resources. AIRIE partners with Everglades National Park staff to offer month-long artist residencies in the Park’s subtropical wilderness. At least twelve AIRIE Fellows per year live and create new work in the Park, and in return lead interactive activities with visitors and donate artwork to the Park.


With generous support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Arts Challenge Grant, AIRIE connects Fellows with the South Florida cultural community to bring attention to this unique and endangered part of our national heritage. AIRIE’s expanded programming will feature a year-round calendar of events both in the Everglades and outside the Park, including readings, performances, workshops and lectures. Through these outreach events, Fellows will use their art forms to engage the public, showcasing the Everglades as inspiring, important and worth protecting.


AIRIE Fellows have the unique opportunity to get to know the ecology of the Everglades by being immersed in it, and then share their perspective through creative public programs. “In a park known for its spectacular and diverse wildlife, the art and voices of AIRIE artists reveal other unique, and often missed, dimensions of this special place,” remarks Park Superintendent Dan Kimball.



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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