27 Oct

I am currently a Sessional Instructor in the Media Arts & Digital Technologies Department of the Alberta College of Art & Design in Calgary. Here are a couple of photo stills and a movie file of the video I presented during the opening night of the 2005 Faculty Exhibition.

For the duration of the exhibition, I am showing a photo portrait of The Ghost Squid, a Hallowe’en costume persona built from poetry cue cards used during the production of the project Time Travel in This Moment (2002-04 www.timetravelinthismoment.com) The video: ‘A Mystery, featuring the Ghost Squid’ is a playful collage built from various footage.

The Poetry Squid
In the spring of 2003, during the Time Travel Internet readings, I wrote out large scale versions of the texts to cue the readers. It didn’t work that well as you could hear the pages being turned which made it difficult for me, the Reader and my Assistant, Daniel Dugas not to laugh.

MediaPackBoard i n Calgary, Alberta – October 27, 2005
during the opening of the Alberta College of Art and Design: ACAD Faculty Exhibition 2005

17 Sep

Saturday morning at the Dieppe Market was full packed with buyers and sellers, people visiting, dropping by for coffee – generally, it was a high powered meet and greet event that has been taking place since it opened in the summer. Talking to people convinced me that this community venue had just been waiting for someone to get this market started! I came away with enough of Cajun John’s special spice mix to last through the winter.

The 3rd performance of the MPB was at the Acadie Underground Premiere of commissioned super 8 films.
Most of the cinéastes were very nervous and excited first time filmmakers.
During the evening, I divided the time between wandering with the camera and screening video works of Daniel and myself.

MediaPackBoard À Moncton, Nouveau Brunswick – 17 Septembre 2005
Marché des fermiers de Dieppe

16 Sep

I was invited to take part in the opening weekend of the 19th Festival International du Cinéma Francophone en Acadie in Moncton, New Brunswick. Under the volet arts médiatiques co-sponsored by the Galerie Sans Nom, Daniel Dugas and I collaborated to perform the MediaPackBoard on three separate occasions. We also participated in a round table discussion of new media and media arts with the other visiting artists.

During the Gala opening reception of FICFA at the Aberdeen Cultural Centre, we dressed up to mingle in the crowd. I used the camera to talk to people while the conversations were projected onto the MPB monitor screen.

MediaPackBoard À Moncton, Nouveau Brunswick – 16 – 18 septembre 2005
Gala d’ouverture du Festival international du cinéma francophone en Acadie – FICFA
photos: daniel dugas

9 Sep

The opening Gala of Calgary’s Art City Festival gave me the opportunity to dress up the MediaPackBoard and to once again screen a program of my recent video works. As the party was held in a large downtown loft, it provided a perfect setting – filled with Artists – to screen work and to talk to people. The party venue was a lot of fun!

MediaPackBoardIn Calgary, Alberta – september 9, 2005 during the ARTcity opening gala

25 Aug

Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival, Edmonton, Alberta presented the opportunity to have conversations with people about that event and the unique form of entertainment that a fringe theatre festival presents. There was a crush of people roaming a kind of ‘carnivalesque midway’ and many were interested in talking. Some were deciding which plays to take in; some were more involved as playwrights, actors, or peers of currently showing playwrights. As theatre was the focus of the event, I did some research and put together a few notes about Shakespeare’s Mid Summer Night’s Dream, questions surrounding the dramatical concepts of comedy and tragedy, and I usually asked each person to tell me who was her/his favourite playwright or play. We also talked about the excitement of Edmonton’s Fringe Festival, the buskers; and Carlynn and Jonathon of the Imagiscape Theatre broke into an impromptu scene from their play. A large crowd had gathered around us as I interviewed them – Suddenly they were leaping, tossing and catching each other while throwing dialogue back and forth. The crowd made a collective exclamation of awe, and then moved back to form a large ring around me and this expressive pair of performers. When they finished, they bowed, the audience applauded, and we all went away after experiencing something very spontaneously and exciting. During the performance, I was taping the duo and passersby were able to simultaneously view the performance from my point of view. Half way through the evening, I switched the MPB program to show recent video works of Daniel Dugas and myself. People followed me through the crowd to view the tapes

MediaPackBoard In Edmonton, Alberta – august 20, 2005 during the 24th Annual Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival

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.

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