12 Nov

THE TIME OF THE DAY November 12-17 1996

The gift of a watch has been used to mark many important events throughout a lifetime. Love, affection, retirement, the passage of time and the attainment of something is marked with such a gift. There are very valuable watches that can be used as collateral, to denote status in one’s community, a show of wealth. Cheap watches serve the function of marking, keeping time, and they are sometimes passed off for the original, more valuable item. Watches for gifts of distinction; for remembering loved ones; for booking and keeping those Rendez-vous of Romantic or Business-like character, these concepts move closer and closer together; watches, timepieces to reckon the year, month, day, hour, minute, second, nanosecond. A mystery of this age in which we live, is that with the invention of the means to mark the passage of each nanosecond, the process of the very passage of time has been speeded up. ” We are on a roll.” Carats dangle as in the days of old, when a carrot dangling before the eyes of a horse kept it moving forward. The hope for a better tomorrow continues to dangle before the eyes of the good citizen seeking to attain enough approval to reserve a spot in the green chain of assembling the perfect hamburger. It is a Cash Carrot that has become the Perpetual Motion Machine of the Modern Age. The hope of, looking better, feeling better, seeing better hangs in the balance.

– Valerie LeBlanc, 1996.

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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.

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