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Jul 12, 2017
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Fonds Cohen (2017)

Insomnie (édition limitée à 10 exemplaires, numérotés et signés) a été sélectionnée par le comité du Fonds Cohen pour la collection de la Galerie d’art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen. Voici la chose en images :

 

La Galerie d’art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen est située au Pavillon Clément-Cormier. On y offre une programmation annuelle d’expositions d’art contemporain, des visites guidées, des conférences, des acitvités de création, des films, des conférences et des performances d’artistes. La Galerie met de l’avant une production résolument contemporaine, contribuant à la formation d’une identité acadienne ancrée dans la modernité et ouverte sur le monde. La collection compte aujourd’hui plus de 900 œuvres mises à la disposition de d’autres institutions et du personnel universitaire par l’entremise d’un service de prêt.

http://www.umoncton.ca/umcm-ga/

Insomnie – English subtitles (2012) from Daniel H. Dugas on Vimeo.

Jun 18, 2017
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Output-Input/EMMEDIA (2017)

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Our (Valerie LeBlanc and Daniel H. Dugas) collaborative videos Illumination (2016) and Work and Love (1990 – part of Slices of Life) have been selected for the Output-Input exhibition. EMMEDIA Member’s Retrospective Exhibition runs: July 14 – August 26, 2017.

EMMEDIA has been a place where media arts lives for almost 40 years! Having recently moved into our new location with two new presentation spaces, we will be featuring work by past and current members and artists, showcasing the rich history of media arts at EMMEDIA. A group exhibition will be featuring established media artists who have laid the groundwork and foundation, alongside emerging media artists that will be shaping the future of EMMEDIA. A formal screening will be presented during the opening reception featuring works from the 1980s – present, with some produced right here at EMMEDIA. We end the night with live performances by prominent audio artists in our community. The exhibition runs until August 26 with the screening available for viewing on the digital screens at EMMEDIA. Come celebrate the media arts community in our new location!

Opening Reception Schedule:
Doors @ 7PM
Screening @ 7:30PM
Artist Q&A @ 8:30PM
Live Performances @ 9:30PM

Peformances by:
Chris Dadge + TBA
Whitney Ota + TBA

Installations by:
Tom Andriuk
Noel Bégin
faxingmyfriends (Teresa Tam, Jadda Tsui, and Sandrine Weltzin)
Lowell Smith
Sandra Vida

Screenings by:
Daniel Dugas & Valerie LeBlanc
Colleen Kerr
Greg Marshall
Lon Parker
Aran Wilkinson-Blanc

http://emmedia.ca/2017/07/output-input-2017/

Jan 28, 2017
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New Brunswick Art Bank acquisitions exhibition (2017)

The Moncton Times and Transcript
Entertainment, Saturday, January 28, 2017, p. E4

New Brunswick Art Bank acquisitions exhibition on until Feb. 6
Margaret Patricia Eaton

Every two years, the New Brunswick Art Bank presents a touring exhibition of its recent purchases. It opened at the Dieppe Arts & Culture Centre on Jan. 12 and will remain until Feb. 6, after which it moves on to Fredericton, Florenceville, Edmundston, St. Andrew’s, Saint John and Campbellton, wrapping up in October in Miramichi.

When the tour ends the 18 acquired works will become part of the permanent collection of the Province of New Brunswick, which was established in 1968 to celebrate and promote outstanding contemporary art. As such, they’ll be displayed in government offices, boardrooms and public spaces in provincial government buildings. Some of the works may also be included in the VanGo Program, a series of exhibitions which tours public schools throughout the province.

This biannual exhibition is one I enjoying as it provides an opportunity to see the work of artists from across the province. More than half of the artists represented ­ 11 of 18 ­ are from southeast New Brunswick, suggesting there is something special going on in the art scene in our region. Out of the five selection collection members only one is from Moncton, Jean­Dénis Boudreau.

The evening presented an opportunity for me to get caught up with some of the artists I’ve profiled in the past, including Dominik Robichaud, who’s completing her degree in art therapy and will be mounting a major exhibition at the Dieppe Arts & Culture Centre on Feb. 11. It was also an opportunity to meet other local artists that I knew of, but hadn’t met. As a result I was able to speak briefly with internationally acclaimed fibre artist Anna Torma and the multidisciplinary team of Valerie LeBlanc and Daniel Dugas, who told me about a recent journey to Kenya where they were invited to read poetry. I’m hoping that within the next few months I’ll have an opportunity to get to know them better and feature them here.

The Artists
Marjolaine Bourgeois, Moncton, fibre arts, printmaking;
Marsha Clark, Fredericton, paint and mixed media on Mylar;
Daniel H. Dugas, Moncton, literary arts, media arts, digital technology;
Alexandrya Eaton, Sackville, painting;
Paul Griffin, Sackville, sculpture/photography;
Denis Lanteigne, Caraquet, installations, photography;
André LaPointe, Moncton, sculpture/ land art, photography;
Valerie LeBlanc, Moncton, visual, film and digital arts;
Mario LeBlanc, Moncton, sculpture; Mathieu Léger, Moncton, photography, video and installation work; Ann Manuel, Fredericton/St. Andrew’s, multidisciplinary;
Paul Mathieson, Saint John, painting;
Shane Perley­Dutcher, Nekootkook (Tobique) First Nation, weaving, wood carving, silver work; Dominik Robichaud, Moncton, painting;
Neil Rough, New Brunswick born, Toronto­based, photography;
Karen Stentaford, Sackville, photography;
Anna Torma, Baie Verte, fibre arts;
Jennifer Lee Weibe, Fredericton, painter.

The Selection Committee

Ned Bear, Fredericton. During his 35­year career as an Aboriginal artist, Bear has focused on contemporary interpretations of traditional spiritual beliefs as expressed through masks and sculptures. He is a graduate of the New Brunswick College of Craft & Design, NSCADU and UNB. He is also the recipient of a 2006 fellowship from the Smithsonian Institute.

Jean­Denis Boudreau, Moncton. After studying animation before graduating with a visual arts degree from l’Université de Moncton, Boudreau was the Atlantic region finalist for the 2007 Sobey Art Award and has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions.

Élisabeth Marier, Caraquet. Marier holds a degree in graphic arts, worked for over 20 years in glassmaking in Montreal at Éspace Verre and is a founding member of Caraquet’s Constellation bleu, an artist­run centre.

Michael McEwing, Carlton County. McEwing holds fine arts, multimedia and education degrees and is co­founder of the River Valley Arts Alliance and Woodstock’s annual DoorYard Arts Festival.

Jean Rooney, Fredericton. Rooney achieved a Master of Arts in Ireland, has exhibited internationally and in addition to her studio practice is an instructor at the New Brunswick College of Craft & Design.

Margaret Patricia Eaton Margareteaton16@gmail.com A freelance writer, photographer and poet, Margaret’s weekly column focuses on artists, galleries and art issues in southeast New Brunswick.

http://dandatadugas.tumblr.com/post/158273837665/new-brunswick-art-bank-acquisitions-exhibition-on

Jan 23, 2014
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50/50/50 (2014)

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Quatre de mes vidéos font partie de l’exposition 50/50/50. Les quatre vidéos (Évanescence, Glissement, Insomnie et Standard-de-vérité) font état d’un enregistrement, d’une conservation ou d’une restitution de la mémoire. Les images et les textes oscillent entre la présence et l’absence, entre le souvenir et l’oubli. Ce sont les mémoires précaires du dauphin du fleuve du Yangtze, du tigre de Tasmanie et du loup d’Hokkaido; les mémoires fragiles du processus de décoloration des diapositives Kodachrome, de la disparition des versions magnétiques et de l’obsolescence même des médias; les mémoires incertaines de l’inquiétude devant le temps qui ne cesse de serpenter dans l’immensité de l’espace ou encore les mémoires fardeaux des témoins.

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MONCTON, le 21 janvier 2014 – Du 29 janvier au 30 mars 2014, la Galerie d’art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen présentera 50//50//50, sans doute la plus importante exposition d’art acadien dans des conditions professionnelles. Cette manifestation se veut une célébration et une réflexion sur les 50 ans d’enseignement des arts visuels à l’Université de Moncton. En effet c’est en 1963 que Claude Roussel, à qui cette exposition est dédiée, dispensera les premiers cours académiques en la matière. Cette entreprise prendra une grande envergure avec la fondation en 1972 du Département des arts visuels dont sont issus les artistes qui font partie de la présente exposition.

Cette exposition d’une grande diversité s’étend sur plusieurs années, plusieurs médiums et plusieurs pratiques et se veut le reflet de l’effervescence d’un art d’ici en pleine mutation et qui a sans aucun doute, par sa présence et sa nouveauté marqué les 50 dernières années. Le commissaire Herménégilde Chiasson est d’avis que «les arts visuels constituent un témoignage unique et moderne du dynamisme de la culture qui lui sert de tremplin».

L’exposition sera mise en montre à partir du mercredi 29 janvier, mais le vernissage se tiendra le 19 février de 17 h à 19 h, date à laquelle sera aussi lancé le catalogue de l’exposition constitué d’une série de 50 cartes postales comportant la reproduction des 50 oeuvres, de l’information sur les artistes et l’essai du commissaire.

La Galerie d’art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen est située au 405 avenue de l’Université, dans l’édifice Clément-Cormier, sur le campus de l’Université de Moncton. Les visites sont gratuites et la galerie est ouverte de 13 h à 16 h 30 du mardi au vendredi et de 13 h à 16 h le samedi et le dimanche. Pour plus d’information, veuillez téléphoner au (506) 858-4088, écrire à galrc@umoncton.ca , ou encore, visitez le www.umoncton.ca/umcm-ga. Pour être tenu à jour des activités de la galerie, cliquez sur «J’aime» sur notre page Facebook.

Cette exposition est soutenue par le Programme de résidence d’artiste Casino Nouveau-Brunswick. La Galerie d’art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen de l’Université de Moncton est appuyée par le Ministère du Tourisme, du Patrimoine et de la Culture du Nouveau-Brunswick.

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Renseignements, images ou entrevues :

Herménégilde Chiasson, commissaire invité : barachoi@nb.sympatico.ca
Nisk Imbeault, directrice-conservatrice : (506) 858-4687 / nisk.imbeault@umoncton.ca
Galerie d’art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen : (506) 858-4088/ galrc@umoncton.ca

Moncton, January 21 2014 – From January 29 to March 30, the Louise-and-Reuben-Cohen Art Gallery will present an exhibition titled 50//50//50, arguably the most important exhibition of Acadian art in a professional context. The event is a celebration and a return on fifty years of visual art instruction at Université de Moncton. As of 1963, Claude Roussel, to whom this exhibition is dedicated, taught the first academic courses in this field. This endeavor eventually lead to the foundation of the Fine Arts department in 1972 where all of the artists presented in this exhibition have been instructed.

This varied exhibition will feature works from a wide range of eras, mediums and practices, and strives to reflect the effervescence of the ever-changing art in the region that has marked the last fifty years by its presence and innovation. The exhibition curator, Herménégilde Chiasson, states that ̎the visual arts are the reflection of the culture and the dynamism from which it emanates. ̎

50//50//50 will be presented as of January 29, but the opening and catalogue launch will be held on February 19, from 5 to 7 PM. The publication that will accompany the exhibition will feature fifty postcard-sized reproductions of the work, as well as information on the artists and the curator’s essay.

The Louise-and-Reuben-Cohen Art Gallery is located at 405 Université Avenue, in the Clément-Cormier building, on the Université de Moncton Campus. Admission is free and the Gallery is open from 1 pm to 4:30 pm, from Tuesday to Friday, and from 1 pm to 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, please call (506) 858-4088, write to galrc@umoncton.ca, or go to www.umoncton.ca/umcm-ga. To receive activity updates from the Gallery, “like” us on our Facebook page.

This exhibition is supported by the Casino New Brunswick Artist-in-Residence Program. The Louise-and-Reuben-Cohen Art Gallery receives funding from the Department of Tourism, Heritage, and Culture of New Brunswick.

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Information, images or interviews:
Herménégilde Chiasson, Guest Curator: barachoi@nb.sympatico.ca
Nisk Imbeault, Director-curator: (506) 858-4687 / nisk.imbeault@umoncton.ca
Galerie d’art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen: (506) 858-4088/ galrc@umoncton.ca

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Jan 18, 2014
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Under New Management – Saint John (2014)

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Third Space Gallery presents Under New Management: Straight to Video a curatorial project by Suzanne Carte and Su Ying Lee.

Under New Management : Straight to Video

Curated by Suzanne Carte and Su-Ying Lee

January 18, 2014 – February 28, 2014

Reception & Talk with Curators: February 15th, 4:30 to 6:30

Third Space Gallery – 49 Canterbury Street

Frankly, we’re not your typical video store. Far from it! In fact, Under New Management is a virtual entertainment funhouse allowing you to pay-what-you-wish. We have many rare titles and a unique rental policy!

Under New Management: Video Store exhibition takes the form of a video rental store that carries artists’ videos. The project employs the characteristics of the retail environment to connect to the local community while, challenging the gallery’s role as an intermediary that delimits the viewer’s direct access to art. Video titles in stock are artists’ works procured through an open call for submissions. “Customers” are asked to pay what they wish, which can be interpreted as cash, a non-monetary exchange, critique, or no remuneration. This facet is in place as an experimental form of engagement, where artists have the opportunity to receive responses directly from viewers. In turn, the viewer has an uncommon channel to the artist. In addition to payment, rental and return are also on an honour-system basis to remove barriers that exist due to membership requirements, deposits, and return policies at commercial ventures.

Boundaries are blurred and expectations subverted through a presentation model that proposes a hybrid between the gallery context and the broader public sphere. Currently, we are on the cusp of the dematerialization of the video rental business. Large corporate chains and family run businesses share in the same fate. The most unfortunate loss is that of the local independent operation that carried rare titles, cult favorites, documentaries, experimental films, and hard to find foreign titles. Under New Management: Video Store provides audiences with the opportunity to view content that is not produced strictly by Hollywood with blockbuster aspirations.

All good things must come to an end. Unfortunately the trend of vanishing family-owned establishments is not just affecting the mom & pop shops that conveniently distribute videos and stale popcorn, but even the bigger institutions fall. Honest Ed’s is on the chopping block to be sold to the highest real estate bidder. In wake of this current news, Lena Suksi’s bright hand-painted video store signage too will soon become a nostalgic part of our recent past.

Our dvd collection boasts over 200 titles including a cross-section of documentaries, experimental, drama, science fiction, comedy, and horror. We also have a growing collection of VHS tapes! Don’t miss out. Rent today!

You will find works by Alleyway A.G., Jose Angeles, Alleyway A.G. (Dr. Oliver Love), Artlitwell, Bambitchell, Perry Bard, Aleks Bartosik, Steve Basham, Sarah Beck, Ashley Bedet, Simon Belleau, Stephane Boutet, Theodore Boutet, Pierre Chaumont, Millie Chen, Emelie Chhangur, Michèle Pearson Clarke, collectif_fact, Eva Colmers, Claro Cosco, Department of Biological Flow, Sarah DiPaola, Robert Dayton, Zoran Dragelj, Daniel Dugas, Megan Dyck, Caz Egelie, Clint Enns, Sky Fairchild-Waller, Fake Injury Party, Simon Frank, Lisa Folkerson, Magill Foote, Barbara Fornssler, Sarah Fortais, Kandis Freisen, Stephen Paul Fulton, Daniel Gallay, Paul Gordon, Shlomi Greenspan, Keeley Haftner, Martin Hamblen, Ursula Handleigh, Sienna Hanshaw, Mike Hansen, Paul Harrison, Mathew Hayes, Stefan Herda, Karen Hibbard, Candice Irwin, Shawn Olin Jordan, Felix Kalmenson, A.S.M Kobayashi, Eva Kolcze, Apostoly Peter Kouroumalis, Lamathailde, Toni Latour, Anastasia Lognova, Christopher Lacroix, Valerie LeBlanc, Renee Lear, Julie Lequin, Melanie Lowe, Duncan MacDonald, Logan MacDonald, Adrienne Marcus Raja, Mani Mazinani, Penny McCann, Arlin McFarlane, Francis Adair KcKenzie, Kristine Mifsud, Gordon Monahan, Caroline Monnet, Didier Morelli, Lydia Moyer, John Monteith, Grey Muldoon, Midi Onodera, Juan Ortiz-Apuy, Ryan Park, Jason Penney, Sarah Pupo, Jai Arun Ravine, Richard Reeves, Iqrar Rizvi, Nicki Rolls, Kuk Del Rosario, Jade Rude, Lyla Rye, Matthieu Sabourin, Nathan Saliwonchyk, Juli Saragoas, Liana Schmidt, Melinda Seville, Olivia Simpson, Tom Smith, Barbara Sternberg, Leslie Supnet, Maya Suess, Laura Taler, Aislinn Thomas, Peter Von Tiesenhausen, Carolyn Tripp, Carmen Victor, vsvsvs, Ellen Wetmore, Elinor Whidden, Paul Wiersbinski, James Brendan Williams, Oauk Wiersbinski, Damien Worth, Robert Zverina… and many more!

Under New Management is comprised of the curatorial team Suzanne Carte and Su-Ying Lee, a collective of cultural producers working in contemporary art. Operating as a mutable entity, UNM re-invents roles and shifts boundaries to inspire production and engagement. Collaboration with new and experimental strategies is at the forefront of their practice.

Suzanne Carte is an independent curator and critical art writer. Currently, she works as the Assistant Curator at the Art Gallery of York University (AGYU) focusing on an integrative model to utilize public programming as a pedagogical tool within the academic institution. Previously she held positions as outreach programmer for the Blackwood Gallery and the Art Gallery of Mississauga and as professional development and public program coordinator at the Ontario Association of Art Galleries. She is on the Board of Directors of C Magazine, an international art quarterly devoted to promoting critical discussion about contemporary art. Within Suzanne’s independent practice, she has curated exhibitions in public spaces, artist-run centres, commercial and public art galleries including All Systems Go!, Under New Management, MOTEL and Man’s Ruin. Suzanne recently completed her Masters of Contemporary Art at the Sotheby’s Art Institute in New York City.

Su-Ying Lee recently completed a one-year curatorial residency at the Justina M.Barnicke Gallery, funded by the Canada Council for the Arts. Lee has both institutional experience and a number of independent projects to her credit. She has curated exhibitions that include the work of Kent Monkman and Lawrence Weiner and commissioned the work of Harrell Fletcher and Wendy Red Star. Her curatorial practice has been steadily evolving into the expanded field. Lee is interested in the role of curator as co-conspirator, accomplice and active agent. She seeks new ways to mobilize art, audiences and context.

Nov 24, 2013
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Co-Kisser Festival (2013)

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Le festival Co-Kisser a eu lieu le 19 octobre 2013 à Minneapolis-St-Paul dans l’auditorium du Minnesota College of Art and Design (MCAD). Ma vidéo Glissement faisait partie du programme Soul on the Road – Physics, Math, and Memory.

Glissement est une œuvre qui s’interroge sur la mémoire et l’oubli par le biais d’images héritées de mon oncle Camille. Cet oncle était un organiste de talent, un photographe avide et un homme très privé. Après sa mort, ses photographies et ses diapositives ont été distribuées aux membres de la famille. J’ai reçu des images de Madrid, de Rome et de Paris, mais il y avait peu de contexte pour le matériel. On ne savait pas exactement qui peuplait toutes les images. Alors que la plupart d’entre elles avaient une qualité touristique, d’autres étaient plus personnelles. J’ai remarqué que certaines des couleurs commençaient à s’estomper. Son passé, que personne ne pouvait expliquer, disparaissait lentement. Bientôt, il ne resterait rien. J’ai commencé à superposer les images, à les doubler en espérant leur redonner une nouvelle vitalité.

Immédiatement après la projection du programme j’ai participé avec 3 autres vidéastes à une table ronde qui était centrée autour de la question « Pourquoi choisir la poésie vidéo comme moyen d’expression ». Question intéressante et d’actualité, car la vidéo-poésie est un genre de cinéma/vidéo qui a connu un regain d’intérêt au cours des dernières années. Beaucoup de nouveaux festivals, qui se spécialisent dans ce genre, sont apparus un peu partout dans le monde et il y a maintenant un réseau international d’organisations[1]. Selon Jen March, la directrice du festival, le nom Co-Kisser serait une métaphore pour exprimer l’étreinte entre les mots et les images. Une action et une liaison ; étroite et intense. Les œuvres qui ont été présentées dans le cadre de cette troisième édition étaient à l’image de cet embrassement : hybrides, pluriels et souvent expérimentales.

Je remercie artsnb pour leur aide financière qui m’a permis de me rendre à Minneapolis-St-Paul afin de prendre part aux activités du festival. J’y ai fait de belles rencontres et l’énergie, je devrais dire la synergie, continue de vibrer.


[1] Aux Etats-Unis on retrouve, bien entendu, le festival Co-Kisser mais aussi un autre très récent qui vient de s’établir au Colorado :  The Body Electric Poetry Film Festival.

 

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[1] Aux Etats-Unis on retrouve, bien entendu, le festival Co-Kisser mais aussi un autre très récent qui vient de s’établir au Colorado :  The Body Electric Poetry Film Festival.

Jul 12, 2013
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IDENTICUS (2013)

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Mots clés : marketing, atavisme, design, mèmes

Les images qu’on nous propose se ressemblent toutes, elles ont quelque chose de familier, des traits communs. C’est tellement étonnant qu’on pourrait penser que l’ensemble du patrimoine visuel est créé par une seule et même personne. Atavisme vient à l’esprit, mais est-ce possible? D’où vient donc cette profusion de pieuvres, de lapins, de fantômes ou de chevelus géants qui envahissent toutes les surfaces, tous les écrans de notre monde moderne? Quel est le dessein de toutes ces ressemblances? Est-ce que ces images sont apparues simultanément comme des représentations emblématiques de ce que nous sommes, comme des vérités impossibles à écarter ou sont-elles des inventions mercatiques? Est-ce que l’universalité qui les imprègne est une faim qui les force à dévorer tout ce qui pourrait les mettre en danger, tout ce qui nous entoure?

Nous sommes devenus, grâce aux agences de marketing, un seul et unique souffle, un seul geste, mus par le même désir et le même rêve. Et c’est toujours le même geste, le même discours, la même idée qui passe devant et repasse derrière. Le sentiment d’avoir déjà vu, d’avoir déjà compris renforce non seulement notre dépendance et notre attirance vers l’objet, mais aussi notre joie d’exister dans l’objet. C’est ce qu’on appelle un développement continu des sentiments ou plus communément : un courant. L’eau passe devant nous et nous emporte jusqu’au bas de la vallée puis dans l’océan. Et nous voilà tous réunis dans cette grande mêmeté [1], dans cette étrange solitude d’être ensemble, où la suite des idées impose béatement ses variations. Un naufrage dans deux gouttes d’eau.

Combien de fois allons-nous nous retrouver devant la même illustration, devant le même design, le même site web avant de suspecter la noyade ou l’étranglement?

Daniel Dugas
Le 12 juillet 2013

 


 
Illustration ci-dessus, de gauche à droite : annonce de iPad, Sydney Au, (juin 2013), My Dream de Josh Holinaty et The Tar Pit Creature d’Alex Mathers.
 
Voir aussi les illustrations ci-dessous, de gauche à droite, image de la bande-annonce ‘The River Eats’ de Justin Shoulder publiée en 2013 dans le magazine ‘Real Time 115-33′ à côté de l’image de Matthew Barney dans le rôle de l’apprenti dans la série de films ‘Cremaster Cycle’ (1994–2002) ainsi que l’image des fantômes et les ‘Happy Faces’ de Luke George qui a été publiée dans le même magazine et qui est ici juxtaposée avec les fantômes d’Olaf Breuning (2004) :

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[1] D’après le Littré, Mêmeté est un mot qui a été proposé par Voltaire en place du mot scientifique identité, mais qui n’a pu s’établir. Je l’utilise plutôt dans le sens de mémétique. Voir memetique.org: Mème (Dictionnaire d’Oxford) : élément d’une culture susceptible d’être transmis par des moyens non génétiques, notamment l’imitation.

 

Apr 27, 2013
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Cafe Poet at the Blackwattle Cafe (2013)

I am very happy to announce that the Blackwattle Cafe will be hosting my cafe poet residency! It is an amazing place located directly on the Blackwattle Bay, Sydney Harbour. The house was formely known as the Bellevue.

I will be at the cafe twice a week starting on Wednesday, May 1st!

Here is the website for the project: http://dhdugas.tumblr.com/

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THE SPIRIT OF THE TIME
A colour based text & image project by Daniel Dugas

The existence of colours precedes classification and human evolution on this planet. Sunsets were red and leaves were green long before their hues could be expressed in words. Colours are defined by pigmentation; a blue pigment is blue because it absorbs all of the colours except blue. Unlike pigments, words carry elements of realities but also aspects of fictions, of possible futures, as well as colour. Words are the vehicles that move the emotions, the symbols of our desires and our hopes, the emblems of our determination to face reality and trials. The names of colours are cultural reflections of certain moments in a timeline. They express the way we were, the way we are; THE SPIRIT OF THE TIME: the Zeitgeist, or the way we would like to be tomorrow.

Pantone, a corporation known for its colour systems and technology for design industries, understands this very well. In 2000, it inaugurated its Color of the Year program. This annual affair, rooted in marketing and mercantilism, has become a major influence on fashion. As a follow-up to 2011’s Honeysuckle, ‘a vibrant reddish-pink, perfect to ward off the blues’, Pantone Color Institute announced that Tangerine Tango had been selected to be the 2012 Color of the Year, ‘This spirited reddish orange, continues to provide the energy boost we need to recharge and move forward.’[1]

THE SPIRIT OF THE TIME will be a transmutation of the marketing landscape into a poetic landscape. By using commercially available color palettes as base material – swatches from Pantone, Martha Stuart, Behr, Sherwin-Williams and others – I intend to create a series of haiku-like short texts. Questions of subversion versus established social order is at the root of the project. From the collision of what is transmitted and what is received I would like to examine the fragile reality of existence in which we live. What can be said of colours with names such as Gypsy Moth, Powder Puff or Chocolate Cosmos?[2]

RESIDENCY AND EZINE
This project will be developed in the framework of a residency. I have been invited by Australian Poetry to participate in a six months residency through their Café Poet Program. This writing residency is for six months, from May 2013 to October 2013.

I have also been invited by JUICYHEADS, a New York based ezine / website, to be one of their poetry columnists. I will be contributing texts from THE SPIRIT OF THE TIME every two weeks for the duration of the residency.

WRITING PROCESS
I plan to write in one or the other of either French or English and to translate the texts to create a bilingual body of work. I envision my writing process to be divided into four steps:

1. Pick a pigment-sample from a colour palette.

2. Find an example in the city (Sydney) or the surrounding area of a colour that closely resembles the chosen pigment-sample. Take an image of the location as a mnemonic device.

3. Write a text at the Blackwattle Cafe.

4. Translate the text.

 

[1] http://www.pantone.com/pages/pantone/category.aspx?ca=88

[2] Sample colours from Complete Paint Palette – Martha Stewart Living

Mar 6, 2013
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Under New Management – Video Store (2013)

I am happy to be part of the Under New Management – Video Store project (March 7 – April 12, 2013), which opens tomorrow at the Odd Gallery in Dawson, YK. I have a few titles included in the show: The Walls Have Ears (2002), Easy Not Easy (2004) , Slide (2012), Standard de vérité (2012), Insomnia (2012), Évanescence (2012), Gull (2011)  and Camille, Andrew, Katrina et Cie (2009). Good luck with the opening!

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The following is from: : http://kiac.ca/oddgallery/exhibitions/

Frankly, we’re not your typical video store. Far from it! In fact, Under New Management is a virtual entertainment funhouse allowing you to pay-what-you-wish. We have many rare titles and a unique rental policy!

Video Store is a gallery exhibition that takes the form of a video rental store. The project employs the characteristics of the retail environment to connect to the local community while, challenging the gallery’s role as an intermediary that delimits the viewer’s direct access to art. Video titles in stock are artists’ works procured through an open call for submissions . “Customers” are asked to pay what they wish, which can be interpreted as cash, a non-monetary exchange, critique, or no remuneration. This facet is in place as an experimental form of engagement, where artists have the opportunity to receive responses directly from viewers. In turn, the viewer has an uncommon channel to the artist. In addition to payment, rental and return are also on an honour-system basis to remove barriers that exist due to membership requirements, deposits, and return policies at commercial ventures.

Including video works by: Alleyway A.G., Artlitwell, Perry Bard, Aleks Bartosik, Steve Basham, Sarah Beck, Ashley Bedet, Simon Belleau, Stephane Boutet, Theodore Boutet, Pierre Chaumont, Millie Chen, Michèle Clarke, Eva Colmers, Claro Cosco, Sarah DiPaola, Robert Dayton, Zoran Dragelj, Daniel Dugas, Megan Dyck, Caz Egelie, Clint Enns, Sky Fairchild-Waller, Simon Frank, Lisa Folkerson, Sarah Fortais, Kandis Freisen, Stephen Paul Fulton, Daniel Gallay, Paul Gordon, Shlomi Greenspan, Keeley Haftner, Martin Hamblen, Ursula Handleigh, Sienna Hanshw, Mike Hansen, Paul Harrison, Mathew Hayes, Stefan Herda, Karen Hibbard, Candice Irwin, Felix Kalmenson, Eva Kolcze, Apostoly Peter Kouroumalis, Toni Latour, Anastasia Lognova, Christopher Lacroix, Valerie LeBlanc, Renee Lear, Melanie Loew, Duncan MacDonald, Adrienne Marcus Raja, Lyla Rye, Mani Mazinani, Penny McCann, Arlin McFarlane, Kristine Mifsud, Gordon Monahan, Caroline Monnet, Didier Morelli, Grey Muldoon, Midi Onodera, Juan Ortiz-Apuy, Ryan Park, Jason Penney, Iqrar Rizvi, Jade Rude, Matthieu Sabourin, Liana Schmidt, Olivia Simpson, Tom Smith, Leslie Supnet, Maya Suess, Laura Taler, Aislinn Thomas, Peter Von Tiesenhausen, Carolyn Tripp, Carmen Victor, vsvsvs, Ellen Wetmore, Elinor Whidden, Oauk Wiersbinski, Damien Worth, Robert Zverina… and many more!

UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT (UNM) is comprised of the curatorial team Suzanne Carte and Su-Ying Lee, a collective of cultural producers working in contemporary art. Operating as a mutable entity, UNM re-invents roles and shifts boundaries to inspire production and engagement. Collaboration with new and experimental strategies is at the forefront of their practice.

Suzanne Carte is an independent curator and critical art writer. Currently, she works as the Assistant Curator at the Art Gallery of York University (AGYU) focusing on an integrative model to utilize public programming as a pedagogical tool within the academic institution. Previously she held positions as outreach programmer for the Blackwood Gallery and the Art Gallery of Mississauga and as professional development and public program coordinator at the Ontario Association of Art Galleries. She is on the Board of Directors of C Magazine, an international art quarterly devoted to promoting critical discussion about contemporary art. Within Suzanne’s independent practice, she has curated exhibitions in public spaces, artist-run centres, commercial and public art galleries including All Systems Go!, Under New Management, MOTEL and Man’s Ruin. Suzanne recently completed her Masters of Contemporary Art at the Sotheby’s Art Institute in New York City.

Su-Ying Lee is the Assistant Curator at the Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art (MOCCA) and most recently completed a one-year curatorial residency at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, funded by the Canada Council for the Arts. Lee has both institutional experience and a number of independent projects to her credit. She has curated exhibitions that include the work of Kent Monkman and Lawrence Weiner and commissioned the work of Harrell Fletcher and Wendy Red Star. Her curatorial practice has been steadily evolving into the expanded field. Lee is interested in the role of curator as co-conspirator, accomplice and active agent. She seeks new ways to mobilize art, audiences and context.

Klondike Institute of Art and Culture

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Daniel H. Dugas

Artiste numérique, poète et musicien, Daniel Dugas a participé à des expositions individuelles et de groupe ainsi qu’à plusieurs festivals et événements de poésie en Amérique du Nord, en Europe, au Mexique et en Australie. Son neuvième recueil de poésie L’esprit du temps / The Spirit of the Time vient de paraître aux Éditions Prise de parole.

Daniel Dugas is a poet, musician and videographer. He has participated in solo and group exhibitions as well as festivals and literary events in North America, Europe, Mexico and Australia. His ninth book of poetry: L’esprit du temps / The Spirit of the Time has just been published by Les Éditions Prise de parole.

Daniel Dugas es poeta, músico y videocreador. Ha participado en exposiciones individuales y colectivas, festivals y eventos literarios en Norteamérica, Europa, México y Australia. Acaba de publicar su noveno poemario, L’esprit du temps / The spirit of time (Les Editions Prise de parole).

L’esprit du temps / The Spirit of the Time est un projet de transmutation du paysage publicitaire en paysage poétique. Ce livre est à la fois un livre de photographie, un recueil de poésie et un essai lucide mais ludique sur notre société matérialiste. Il a été produit en numérique et imprimé en quantité limitée.

Date : Décembre 2015
Genre : Poésie
Collection : Poésie
ISBN : 9782894239629

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