In 2005, the MPB stepped out to create and to perform in public spaces.  MPB happenings continue with new experiments.  In August, MPB has been making the rounds to access television before it will be necessary to purchase a digital-to-analogue convertor box, or to subscribe to cable or satellite TV.


“Taking it out to capture analogue Television, I am surprised to see that I am getting a much better signal than I can have at home.”


Like the free signal, MPB will be bouncing onto random locations.  They say it can’t last past the deadline so catch your free public television while you can!

[Valerie LeBlanc with MPB on the severed bridge near the radio towers, Sackville, NB. August 12, 2011]

photos: Daniel Dugas




END OF SIGNAL report for Wednesday, August 27, 2011 – THE VIEW FROM PEGGY’S COVE.

Random MPB outings investigate the question of what the viewing audience will lose when the transition* takes place.

This evening the MediaPackBoard set out from Halifax to catch non-satellite, non-cable television at this world famous Nova Scotia location.  Arriving and setting up at dusk, the MPB was unable to receive any coherent messages via the airwaves.  Snow was the only thing available on any of the usual four possible channels.

It was not disappointing as the items viewed on August 12 in Sackville, New Brunswick were less than overwhelming.  The visit gave a chance to think about other visits to Peggy’s Cove, tales of spectators being licked up by waves and the events when Swiss Air 111 crashed into the ocean 8km offshore. (September 2, 1998)


* Background:

The CRTC has imposed in 28 mandatory markets, a digital transition deadline of August 31, 2011, with the exception of some CBC transmitters given a temporary one-year extension to remain in analog.


In anticipation of the transition, Industry Canada has already stopped issuing licenses within Canada for new television transmitters broadcasting in analog.

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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