18 Feb

We (Valerie LeBlanc and Daniel H. Dugas) are stoked that our installation ‘fundy’ is going to be shown at the MSVU Art Gallery: May 29 – July 25, 2021!

For more information: https://www.msvuart.ca/exhibition/daniel-h-dugas-and-valerie-leblanc-fundy/

10 Jan

I am happy to announce that my book ‘Perspectives’ is now available!

The texts in this poetry collection have been influenced by memory, experience, conjecture, and through the vicarious life gleaned from media reported events.

Launch announcements will come later.

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17 Nov

Émilie Turmel nous emporte avec elle visiter deux expositions présentées dans le cadre du Volet Arts médiatiques : « Habitat » de Valerie LeBlanc et Daniel H. Dugas à la Galerie d’art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen et «Hekas Hekas…» de Carole Deveau et Patrick McFarlane présentée à l’Atelier d’estampe Imago. Émilie offre ainsi ses impressions et réflexions au regard de ces deux projets vidéographiques. Réalisé par : Émilie Turmel, Carole Deveau et Christine Comeau Invités: Daniel H Dugas, Valerie LeBlanc et Carole Deveau Musique: Allumette

5 Nov

Habitat (2020)

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Nous sommes (Valerie LeBlanc et Daniel H. Dugas) super contents d’exposer HABITAT à la Galerie d’art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen dans le cadre du Festival international du cinéma francophone en Acadie. L’exposition ouvre demain (le 6 novembre) et il y aura un vernissage le 18 novembre de 16 à 18 h. Au plaisir de vous y rencontrer !

HABITAT est une trilogie de projets vidéo et audio qui ont été réalisés dans le cadre de résidences artistiques dans diverses réserves naturelles dans le sud de la Floride. « Nous avons exploré tour à tour chacune de ces régions avec nos caméras et nos enregistreuses, souvent en accompagnant les biologistes et les botanistes dans l’exercice de leurs fonctions. Nous avons tenté de comprendre la réalité de ces lieux en nous laissant envahir par l’esprit qui les habite. »

Jonathan Lamy, commissaire, explique la pratique privilégiée par les artistes dans cette exposition, soit la vidéopoésie : « Les créations présentées dans Habitat ne sont ni des films, ni du cinéma, mais de la vidéopoésie. Une pratique hybride, un genre en soi, qui efface la frontière entre la vidéo et la poésie. » Les œuvres de l’exposition se manifestent donc dans un amalgame d’images et de textes qui s’entrecroisent dans un même espace et qui font état de la place de l’humain dans la nature.

We are super happy to be showing HABITAT at the Galerie d’art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen as part of the Festival international du cinéma francophone en Acadie. HABITAT will be presented from November 6 to December 20, 2020 and the opening will be held on November 18, from 4 to 6 PM. We hope to see you there!

HABITAT is a trilogy of video, audio and photo projects that have been produced in the context of artistic residencies in various nature reserves in South Florida. “We explored each of these areas with our cameras and audio recorders, often accompanying biologists and botanists in the performance of their duties. “ We tried to understand the reality of these places by remaining open to the spirits that inhabit them.”

Curator Jonathan Lamy explains the artists’ primary practice in this exhibition, videopoetry: “The artworks presented in HABITAT are neither film nor cinema, but videopoetry, a hybrid practice, a genre which erases the boundary between video and poetry.” The works in the exhibition thus manifest themselves in an association of images and texts that intermingle in the same space, and point to the place of human beings in nature.

12 Oct

Re: Videopoetry / Vidéopoésie Interview with Catherine Parayre.
Sarah Tremlett posted the following text on the Liberated Words website:
BY SARAH TREMLETT · PUBLISHED OCTOBER 8, 2020
http://liberatedwords.com/2020/10/08/videopoetry-videopoesie-interview-with-catherine-parayre-2020/

A while ago I mentioned the launch of the must-have publication on videopoetry ¬¬– Videopoetry / Videopoésie by pioneer Canadian practitioners Daniel H. Dugas and Valerie LeBlanc (Basic Bruegel). Valerie and Daniel have now conducted a really delightful, succinct and revealing interview see https://vimeo.com/447315272 with Catherine Parayre, editor at the book’s publishing house The Small Walker Press, Brock University, Ontario.

I am of course not impartial to their work since I was fortunate enough to be invited to write an essay for the book. In doing so I was able to excavate pure gold in terms of the history of videopoetry. This relatively short interview gives a glimpse into their world and how they work together. There are also some clever green screen projections and visually playful (I love the captioned birds behind them!) videos, which seem to have their own voice, almost stealing the thunder from their makers.
Some nuggets include their views on collaboration or shared vision: ‘when we witness the same events … reprocessing what we are seeing in different ways’; and their understanding of the term ‘videopoetry’ as opposed to referencing film, even though ‘the two are permeable today’. For them, they have always used video cameras (changing format across the decades) and worked with video as an accessible medium unlike film. Ultimately Daniel says he likes the term ‘video’ which comes from the Latin videre ‘to see’.

Catherine made a very poignant point about their video images; that though captured in a book, they seem to contain movement, as opposed to the still photograph. She emphasized that they weren’t ‘quite stable’. Daniel pointed out that often they were using older technology; or low grade consumer equipment that creates a ‘ghost’. But I feel there was more to that point, and I have noted how they work with time over and over again in their practice. This sense of passing through with video; the temporal philosophical estrangement of the moment, can become a rich metanarrative in the right hands. For Valerie and Daniel, time falters but does not stop.

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
Français/English


Videopoetry / Vidéopoésie

Small Walker Press

Date : January 2021
Genre : Poetry
English

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