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Video Poetry (2014)

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In the late 1980’s when I first began making videos and sending them to festival calls, I was immediately faced with the question of categorizing the work. I arrived at the decision of calling them mood videos. Coming from a visual arts background, I felt that what I was doing was connecting dots of what I would have layered into paintings, sculptures, and installations as a whole. Through my videos, I began offering my audience more insight into the coding planted there.

As time passed and mood videos became more noticed, video poetry emerged as one of the best categorizing phrases and the name stuck. There are many descriptions of what video poetry is: some are adamant that it must contain spoken word. Some artists/authors prefer to add text as a visual element; i.e. words layered like sub titles. My view hails from the school of a text/image meld, with moving pictures and/or stills, music and/or ambient sound, or even silence, effecting varying degrees of insight intended by the creator. Unmistakable through all of the attempts to categorize, video poetry possesses the intrinsic nature of all time based art: the quality of moving inside, when experienced.

As with any attempt to categorize an art form, it remains for the creator to say what it is: to give it a name and a genre.

Still from What We Take With Us at The New Gallery (2012) Video installation with Daniel Dugas.

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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.

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Genre : Vidéopoésie/Videopoetry

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Genre : Poetry