19 Jun

Galerie d’art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen: June 27 to July 2, 2011
1 pm until 5 pm

Struts Gallery: July 4 to July 8, 2011
1 pm until 5 pm

CAMEO, a research project by Valerie LeBlanc featuring interviews of creative persons.

A cameo role refers to a famous person playing her/himself in a brief appearance. Like a cameo brooch a director, actor or celebrity is instantly recognizable when she/he appears in a cameo role, and it adds a personal signature to a film. Alfred Hitchcock often inserted himself as a passive bystander. His cameos became so popular that he began placing them early in each film so audiences could then give their full attention to the story.

In the CAMEO project, special appearances of creative persons will offer some insight into their unique zest for the creative process. The main topics of discussion will stem from questions surrounding the idea of how a project gets started, where it can lead and how it is possible to see it through to the end.

A cameo is a special type of carved jewelry that was popular during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Typically, cameos were portraits in profile. Carvings done in relief, and featured two contrasting colors. A CAMEO pin of each creator will be made using stills from the interviews. When the project is complete, plans will be made to display the interviews and the CAMEOS.

Additional notes on cameos:
Cameos are also common in novels and other literary works. A literary cameo usually involves an established character from another work making a brief appearance. In this case, the cameo establishes a shared universe, makes a point, or offers homage. Balzac was an originator of this practice in his Comédie humaine. Sometimes a cameo features a historical person who drops in on fictional characters in a historical novel, as when Benjamin Franklin shares a beer with Phillipe Charboneau in The Bastard by John Jakes.

Films based on actual events occasionally include cameo roles of the people portrayed in them.

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Galerie d’art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen: 27 juin au 2 juillet 2011
13 h à  17 h

Struts Gallery: 4 juillet au 8 juillet 2011
13 h à  17 h

CAMEO, un projet de recherche de Valérie LeBlanc sur le processus créatif.

Un rôle de caméo est une apparition éclair faite une personnalité célèbre. Comme une broche-camée, le réalisateur, la vedette ou la célébrité est instantanément reconnue quand il apparaît dans un film. Alfred Hitchcock s’est lui-même souvent inséré dans ses oeuvres comme un spectateur passif. Ses apparitions sont devenues si populaires qu’ils les plaçaient au début de chacun de ses films afin que le public puisse se concentrer sur l’histoire et non sur ses passages éclair.

Dans le projet CAMEO ce sont des créatrices et des créateurs qui apparaîtront et qui rendront compte de leur processus créatif. Les questions posées seront axées sur la découverte, l’intuition et l’incubation. Comment se développe et se réalise une œuvre, un projet artistique.

Broches camées

Le terme de camée, emprunté de l’italien cameo est de même origine que camaïeu. La camée est un type de bijoux sculptés, qui était populaire au 19e, et début du 20e siècle. Les camées sont taillés dans des pierres plus ou moins tendres et représentent habituellement le profil d’une personne.

Une broche camée de chaque créateur sera réalisée en utilisant des images tirées des entrevues. Ultérieurement, les camées et les entrevues seront exposés.

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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.