First year of the TRUNK© Gallery (1996)

Exhibition history: Moncton, Sackville, Notre-Dame, NB.

Top: Installation of the TRUNK© Gallery sign. October 1996.
Bottom: Opening of the exhibition, The Time of the Day, Valerie LeBlanc on Robinson Street, Moncton. November 1996.

TRUNK© was created in October, 1996 by Daniel Dugas and Valerie LeBlanc, “We had recently moved back to the Maritimes. After, first completing our MFA’s in Chicago, IL and then working in Alberta, we had been away for 7 years. We found ourselves with no place to show our work and instead of waiting out that long period between the application and the opening night, we created our own art centre in the trunk of our 1981 Chevrolet Citation. The reaction was immediate and overwhelmingly positive. Newpapers and television stations started to talk about the TRUNK© which became a collective when Luc Charette arrived with his Ford Bronco. In just a few months, we were talking to Peter Gzowski on CBC radio, coast to coast.”

Curated artists:
October 1996, Daniel Dugas, Opalescence
November 1996, Valerie LeBlanc, The Time of the Day
December, Francis Coutellier, Le Coffre de Noël
January, Marc Cyr, Martyr
February, Louisa Barton Duguay, The Three Sopranos


Second iteration of the TRUNK© Gallery (1999)

Exhibition history: GOLD / RUSH show, Hamilton Artist Inc, ON. July 23-25 1999, Eastern Edge Gallery NFLD. August 7-12 1999

Top: RUSH, on the Aquafest Fair Grounds, Hamilton, ON
Bottom: RUSH, detail.

Project funded by: New Brunswick Arts Direction, Arts-by-Invitation

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Third iteration of the TRUNK© Gallery (2001)


Exhibition history: Parking lot of ACAD, Calgary, AB.

Top: Don Robertson and Terrance Houle
Bottom: Pat Strakowski and Dorothy Clarke

The TRUNK 75 was a 2-day festival held in honour of Alberta College of Art and Design’s 75th anniversary. On September 29 and 30, 2001, ACAD Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff, and Friends, displayed art works built around the theme of ‘vehicle.’

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First year of the MediaPackBoard. (2005)

Top: 24th Annual Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival, Edmonton, Alberta. August 20th, 2005.
Bottom: 19th Festival International du Cinéma Francophone en Acadie, Moncton, Marché de Dieppe event, NB. Volet arts médiatiques co-sponsored by the Galerie Sans Nom, September 2005.

Projects funded by: Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Project Multidisciplinary Grant.

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Second iteration of the MediaPackBoard. (2006)

Top: Garance Piqué as La Dauphine
Bottom: Mr Jo. as the Narrator

Community based video drama, realized with an amateur cast from Vallauris. The project was directed by Valerie LeBlanc and screened on the MediaPackBoard in the streets of Vallauris, June 28 and in Paris, June 29.

Project funded by: Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Project Multidisciplinary Grant; Alberta College of Art and Design, Faculty Research Award; Canada Council for the Arts Travel Grant.


Second iteration of the MediaPackBoard. (2006) (continued)

Top: MPB in the street with La Dauphine, Vallauris, FR
Bottom: MPB in street with curated video program, Antibes, FR


Second iteration of the MediaPackBoard. (2006) (continued)

Top and bottom: The MPB on the Croisette in Cannes, during the opening of the 59th Cannes International Film Festival. May 17, 2006

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Third iteration of the MediaPackBoard. (2007)

Exhibition history, itinerant screenings: Calgary, Drumheller, Edmonton, AB.

Top and bottom image: MPB in Edmonton, guest carrier: Eduardo Martinez.

MediaPackBoard Curates 2007, the 3rd iteration of the MPB project took place in the summer. This time around, Guest Carriers offered the random public audience new personalities and presenter techniques. The program featured the videos of five Canadian artists: Amalie Atkins, Terry Billings, Linda Rae Dornan, Jim Goertz and Jeffrey John Jackson.

Guest carriers: Mark Lowe, Duncan Kenworthy and Eduardo Martinez.

Project funded by: Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Project Multidisciplinary Grant.


Third iteration of the MediaPackBoard. (2007) (continued)

Top and bottom image: MPB, 17th Ave. SW Calgary, guest carrier: Duncan Kenworthy.

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Fourth iteration of the MediaPackBoard. (2008)

Exhibition history: Truck Gallery and Artcity – offsite event, downtown Calgary, AB.

Image: VL with MPB Earth, Stephen Avenue Mall, Calgary, AB.

MediaPackBoard’s fourth year of programming was launched on Saturday, September 13, 2008. Presented through Calgary’s TRUCK Gallery and Artcity, MPB EARTH: The Angle of Incidence is Equal to the Angle of Reflection offered public audiences the chance to take part in a hands-on science experiment. A small camera mounted on the string of a weather balloon transmitted its point of view to the backpack monitor. Through use of a mirror, Participants were able to direct the eye of the camera to pick up what they wanted it to see. Assistants and Participants were able to ‘zoom’ the camera view by reigning connecting kite strings in or out.


Fourth iteration of the MediaPackBoard. (2008) (continued)

Top: Participant with mirror
Bottom: Close up of MPB screen

Video documentation of spycam :

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Fifth iteration of the MediaPackBoard. (2011)

Inquiry history: Sackville, NB, Peggy’s Cove, NS

Top: MPB at the Radio Canada International (RCI) site, Sackville, NB
Bottom, MPB in Peggy’s Cove, NS

The CRTC imposed a mandatory digital transition deadline of August 31, 2011 in 28 markets. The exception: some CBC transmitters were given a temporary one-year extension. Industry Canada stopped issuing licenses within Canada for analog broadcast. MPB got out to investigate what would be lost.

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Sixth iteration of the MediaPackBoard. (2011)

Exhibition history: MPB Was There Then, members exhibition – Sackville I’m yours, still, Struts, Sackville, NB

Top and bottom image: still from the video MPB Was There Then.

This is Real
One’s own sense of presence, of being here, of being here now, is the exact momentous hinge. Fleeting, racing, flying in reverse, encapsulated pearls of events are dissolved into the universal space as soon as they breathe life. They become strung on the flowing chain of events ordered through the construct of time. Surviving in the current climate is enhanced by virtual presence, and at the same time, the voyage through the day-to-day chain of time-based events can, at times, become tenuous. That is when it is important to remember that regardless of any worldly physical architecture, the moment of thought will always be located here and now.

Valerie LeBlanc, June 1, 2011, written in loose reference to: Paul Virilio, The University of Disaster, Polity Press, Cambridge, UK, 2010, pp. 45-46 (original publication 2007)


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Seventh iteration of the MediaPackBoard. (2012)

Exhibition history: WPGC 2012, EyeLevel Gallery, Halifax, NS.

The World Portable Gallery Convention 2012 was an international convention of portable galleries and alternative spaces hosted by Eyelevel Gallery during the month of September. The project celebrated the variety of spaces with which curators around the globe have extended public interaction to spaces outside of the walls of art institutions.


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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.

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.

Date : April 2020
Genre : Vidéopoésie/Videopoetry

Videopoetry / Vidéopoésie

Small Walker Press

Date : January 2021
Genre : Poetry