Sep 15, 2018

Nationalization (2018)


Painting by Daniel H. Dugas, 1997.

In this New Brunswick election campaign period, we are bombarded with all kinds of promises from the leaders of the new-world-to-be, but I have not heard the following. What would happen if New Brunswick would nationalize its natural resources? Nationalization of natural resources has successfully taken place in the recent past; Norway nationalized its oil, and Québec nationalized its electricity. As Irving is involved in so many sectors of New Brunswick life, it might be more efficient to assume control or ownership of the Empire itself.

The Irving entity is the third richest in the country. It is perhaps ironic that it is based in New Brunswick, a province recognized as holding one of the lowest gross domestic product ratings in Canada. It is perplexing how one of the poorest provinces in the country has produced one of the richest entities and it brings the question of whether the wealth of the former is related to the difficulties of the latter.

In any case, the Irving Empire is vast and might be considered to be a form of cancer. We all know someone who had it; died from it or survived it, and we all know someone who works in one of Irving’s invasive ventures. We fill our cars with Irving gas, we live in their prefab homes, read their newspapers, use their tissue products and sometimes, we go out to enjoy the parks that they have created to protect “environmentally significant areas.” [1]  And as if this were not enough, we are also footing the bill to spray glyphosate on crown lands [2] to create monocultural forests to make Irving’s tree harvest easier and more profitable. Profits aside, the regular spraying of this chemical alone is reason for concern.

This mighty empire is comprised of the following: Irving Pulp & Paper Ltd., Irving Paper Ltd., Irving Tissue Co. Ltd., Lake Utopia Paper, Irving Sawmill Division, Irving Woodlands Division, New Brunswick Railway Co. Ltd., New Brunswick Southern Railway Co. Ltd., Eastern Maine Railway Co. Ltd., Maine Northern Railway Co. Ltd., Midland Transport, Midland Courier, RST Industries, Sunbury Transport, Atlantic Towing, Kent Line, JDI Logistics, Universal Truck & Trailer, Harbour Development, Saint John Shipbuilding, Halifax Shipyard, East Isle Shipyard, Shelburne Ship Repair, Woodside Industries, Fleetway Services Chandler, Kent Building Supplies, Shamrock Truss, Irving Tissue (Royale, Majesta, Scotties, private labels), Irving Personal Care (diapers, training pants), Cavendish Produce (fresh vegetables), Cavendish Farms (frozen potato processing), Indian River Farms, Riverdale Foods, Atlantic Wallboard, Irving Wallboard, Gulf Operators, Irving Equipment (crane rental, heavy lifting, specialized transportation, pile driving and project management services), Kent Homes, Plasticraft, Personnel Services, Protrans Personnel Services Inc., Industrial Security Inc., Moncton Wildcats, Telegraph-Journal (Saint John NB), Times & Transcript (Moncton NB), The Daily Gleaner (Fredericton NB), The Tribune (Campbellton NB), La Voix du Restigouche (Campbellton NB), The Bugle-Observer (Woodstock NB), Le Journal Madawaska (Edmundston NB), L’Étoile (various editions), Édition provincial, Édition La Cataracte (Grand Falls NB), Édition Chaleur (Bathurst NB), Édition Dieppe (Dieppe NB), Édition Kent (Bouctouche NB), Édition Péninsule (Shippagan NB), Édition République (Edmundston NB), Édition Restigouche (Campbellton NB), Édition Shédiac (Shediac NB), Kings County Record (Sussex NB), Miramichi Leader (Miramichi NB), The Northern Light (Bathurst NB), Here (Saint John NB, Moncton NB, Fredericton NB).

What would happen if all of this would be nationalized? The answer is that it wouldn’t be quite the same.

[1] Our Nature Parks and Nature Education Programs

[2] Stop Spraying NB:


For more info:

Provincial and territorial natural resource indicators, 2009 to 2016:

List of Canadians by net worth :

Nationalization: Advantages and Disadvantages of Nationalization:

Oil together now: Lessons on nationalisation from Norway:


Sep 9, 2018

Dichotomy (2018)

Dichotomy in black and white has migrated to the following address:


Aug 29, 2018

Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast – Artist in Residence (2018)

Valerie LeBlanc and I are back from our Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast residency at the Bay Preserve in Osprey, Florida.

It was an amazing experience, thanks to the CFGC staff: Christine Johnson, Suzanne Gregory, Lee Amos, Sabrina Cummings and Sam Valentin and others who helped us throughout our project. Here is the blog of our research:


Jun 30, 2018

Festival acadien de poésie (2018)

Je suis très content de faire partie de cette 22e édition !



2 AOÛT 2018 – 17 H 00 – 18 H 00
Foyer du Centre culturel de Caraquet
Ouvert à tous

Si elles se disent “ancrées dans le Nouvel-Ontario”, les éditions Prise de parole ne s’empêchent pourtant pas de larguer les amarres pour une virée en Acadie. Question de vous mettre en appétit pour le Festival qui prend son élan, c’est le moment idéal d’aller sonder la zone de rencontre entre l’Acadie et l’Ontario francophone.

Avec lectures des poètes Sylvie Bérard et Thierry Dimanche, qui seront intercallées de vidéopoèmes de Daniel H. Dugas et Valérie LeBlanc.


Mur extérieur de la Galerie d’art Bernard-Jean
Centre culturel de Caraquet
Ouvert à tous

Exposition éphémère de vidéopoèmes par Daniel H. Dugas et Valérie LeBlanc.
Du 2 au 5 août seulement, projection en continu des vidéopoèmes du projet multimédia Everglades, qui allie essai poétique, vidéopoésie et marches sonores. Le projet invite à une prise de conscience du passage de l’être humain dans la biosphère et de ses conséquences, des traces qu’il y dépose; il propose une ré exion sensible et troublante sur la communion avec l’environnement et les forces de la nature.


Festival acadien de poésie

Jun 24, 2018

File São Paulo 2018

My video In Kissii is part of the FILE São Paulo 2018.


Here is the program:


1.Alejandro Thornton – Deriva – Argentina
2.Alejandro Thornton – Jumping – Argentina
3.Andrea Familari – Untitled – Germany
4.Toni Mitjanit – AAAC: An Autonomous Agent Choreo – Spain
5.Anuar Elías – Quehuaya – Bolivia
6.Bittler Bernard – Materia Obscura – France
7.Brit Bunkley – Godzone – New Zealand
8. Camilo Hermida – Three-Dimensional – Colombia
9.Chrischa Venus Oswald – True – Germany
10.Daniel H. Dugas – In Kisii – Canada
11.Dehors/Audela – Crocevia – Italy
12.Fabian Kühfuß – Nintendogs – Germany
13.Fran Orallo – The God Of Small Things – United Kingdom
14. Fran Orallo – The Subtle Levitation Of Everyday Objects – United Kingdom
15.Guli Silberstein – Stuff As Dreams – United Kingdom
16. Igor Bahia – eu; quebrando o espelho dentro do outro espelho – Brazil
17. Jerónimo Veroa – Debug Landscape – Argentina
18.Jerónimo Veroa – Gradual – Argentina
19.Jerónimo Veroa – Emptiness Against Landscape – Argentina
20.Katherina Tsirakis – Janaxpacha – Brasil | Brazil
21.Lei Han & Wayne Kirby – Hun Dun – United States
22.Lei Han & Wayne Kirby – Wei Shi – United States
23.Lilian Döring – Emancipator: Rowbite Plexus Experiment – Brazil
24.Marcell Andristyak – IN Corp. – Hungary
25.Marco B. Fontichiari – Primal – Italy
26.Mark Tholander – We Were Waiting For a Train – Denmark
27.Marta Di Francesco – Ariadne’s Thread – United Kingdom
28.Marta Di Francesco – Janus – United Kingdom
29.Massimo Vito Avavtaggiato – Atlas Of Uncertainty – Italy
30.Maurício Chades – Buraco Branco – Brazil
31.Maurício Chades – O Vídeo de 6 Faces – Brazil
32.Mauricio Sáenz – Dakhla – Mexico
33.Mauricio Sáenz – The Origin Of Stones – Mexico
34.Meike Redeker – The Bridge – Germany
35.Minus.log: Giustino Di Gregorio & Manuela Cappucci – 15” Away – Italy
36.Muriel Montini – A night, stars – France
37.Muriel Montini – Young Woman With a Straw Hat – France
38.Neryth Yamile Manrique Mendoza – Inserciones – Colombia
39.Pablo-Martín Córdoba – L’inter-code – France
40.Rodrigo Faustini – Garoto Transcodificado a Partir de Fosfeno – Brazil
41. Rei Souza – Mundo LXXV – Brazil
42. Salar Niknafs – Displaced – Australia
43. Sandra Crisp – Perpetual Browse_r – United Kingdom
44.Sebastian Tedesco – Alze #1, #2, And #3 – Argentina
45.Sonia Li – Movement – United States
46.AUJIK – Dwellers – Japan
47.Stefano Miraglia – Anoche – France
48.Susanne Wiegner – An Lou Andreas-Salomé – Germany
49.Thiago Sacramento – G – Brazil
50.Turbida Lux – Welcome To My Secret Garden – Norway
51.Valerie LeBlanc – Cultural Flotsam – Canada
52. Oo.: Jeroen Cluckers, Michaël Verlinden & Jasmijn Lootens – Kosmos – Belgium


FILE São Paulo 2018: The body is the message
Electronic Language International Festival


03 july, Tuesday, 7h30pm

Art Galery
04 July to 12 August 2018
Tuesday to Saturday, from 10h to 22h
Sundays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Digital Art Gallery
Every day, 10:00 to 20:00


FIESP Cultural Center
Av. Paulista, 1313
In front of the Trianon-Masp subway station

#FILEnoSESI #SesiSP #CentroCulturalFiesp

Group bookings: Mondays to Fridays, from 10:00 to 18:30, by telephone: 11 3146-7439


Press information about the exhibition:

Simon Widman
+55 11 99936-7948
Amanda Prato Viana
+55 11 94966-5765

May 27, 2018

Interface (2018)

Our – Valerie LeBlanc and Daniel H. Dugas – video Dreams, which is part of our project Oasis has been shown at INTERFACE|Video Art Event, IXth edition in Romania



Three stills from Dreams, 4k, 5:58 sec.

VisualContainer selection:
Lino Strangis, The dance of wired emotions, 5:15, 2016
Barbara Brugola, Loop, 8:38, 2017
Lucia Veronesi, Seduti nell’oscurità è tutto più chiaro, 4:00, 2017
Flavio Scutti, Rides, 5:26, 2016
Debora Hirsch, ETIX, 1:33, 2003
Cristobal Catalan, Space Scream, 8:00, 2017
Sonia Armaniaco, Disturbed glance, 2:48, 2015


Conflux selection:
Basic Bruegel (Valerie LeBlanc and Daniel H. Dugas), Dreams, 05:58, Canada;
Blas Payri, Three glances at Bacome, 04:40, 2016, Spain;
Christian Merrill, Collapse, Replace, Rebuild, 01:21, 2018, United States;
Damon Mohl, Night Clerk, 01:35, 2017, United States;
Daniel Antal Ary, Sequence, 2018, Universitatea Creștină Parțium, Romania;
David Webber, Letter I, 02:01, 2018, United States;
Eija Temisevä, And suddenly – you realize, 02:32, 2017, Finland;
Guli Silberstein, Impressure, 04:34, 2017, Israel;
Jenny Herrick, Duel, 05:00, 2018, United States;
Juan Carlos García-Sampedro Ferrero, I have come, 04:45, 2018, Spain;
Juliane Saul, Regression, 02:50, 2017, Germany;
Kai Welf Hoyme, Skeleton, 04:34, 2016, Germany;
Kimberly Burleigh, Periphery, 04:53, 2016, United States;
M. Dianela Torres, Uno no es tan débil como para sucumbir ante situaciones así, 04:36, 2017, Mexico;
M. Kardinal, Silencers, 04:57, 2017, Germany;
Marcela Alcalde, Audacia del Tiempo, 03:07, 2017, Argentina;
Mark Freeman, Body/Bag, 02:45, 2017, United States;
Michael Lyons, Film Loop 31: Shisendo, 01:30, Canada/U.K;
Nataša Prosenc Stearns, Untitled (Torso), 03:35, 2016, United States;
Oguzhan Kaya, Propaganda, 03:20,2017, Turkey;
Pierre Ajavon, Full Moon, 02:40,  2018, France;
Pierre Villemin, Glacies, 08:00, 2017, France;
Rafel Arnal, Ferran, 03:07, 2018, Spain;
Robert Sirvent, Dynamic within static (Dinámico en estático), 03:07, 2018, Spain;
Romain Claris, Cousins of clouds, 01:00, 2017, France;
Sevcan Sönmez, I feel like, 03:26, 2017, Turkey;
Steven Fraser, What It Feels Like, 03:00, 2018, United Kingdom;
Tereza M.Matza. Nyctophobia, 2018, Romania;
Theodora Prassa, Lavyrinthos, 02:45, 2017, Greece;
Vasilica Roman, Beyond the Limit.The Quest, 03:39, 2018, University of Oradea, Romania;
Vojtech Domlatil, Waves, 03:00, Czech Republic;
Zlatko Cosic, Story 2: Scenes 1-9, 05:00, 2017, Yugoslavia.



Being able to tridimensionally process images on digital devices allows the video artist to materialize his/her ideas through philosophical approaches of the virtual space, approaches that consider reality the base for future premises.

The interface must be understood not pejoratively, as a superficial surface or a simulation without any conceptual consistency, but as a succession of images representing the same object of reference, transformed in different ways by the artist without losing the concept.

Our proposal is to create hypothetical universes, alternative realities characterized by flexibility and conexions simultaneous to the imaginary world; realities that elude physical, ideological, aesthetic restrictions.

In this manner, the artist selects from the environment and its belonging phenomena, certain features that he/she will eventually either simplify or enrich with abstract elements belonging to the virtual space. Using diverse digital instruments, the artist delivers the idea that dominates the concept of the video project.

The result is an Interface that structures access to the succession of the created video images, that does not depend upon the researched reality because it evolves differently based on the video artist’s subjective and autoreferential choices.

Thus, two apparently contradictory worlds fusion and meet in the world of ideas and they become encrypted, transformed and reinterpreted inside the features and the concept of the future video art film. Although the reality we refer to hallmarks the artistic/aesthetic concept depending on the artist’s choices and attitudes, on his/her perspective on the referential element, the mark that is based on reality will not be visible any longer and therefore, the new image questions the credibility aspect.

The thus created video art brings into discussion the issue of promoting through images the way of perceiving reality through subjectivity, game, scenario, multiple hyper-realities and simulation inside the created virtual space. The end is the destruction of overused conventions on image interpreting; the traditional way of thinking is changed and prejudices about the image itself, about the relation between real and imaginary space, are broken.

We discover, therefore, a virtual labyrinth of ideas that counts on the numerous self-referential elements, apparently simultaneous and arbitrary, dominated by an aesthetic, conceptual chaotic diversity; contrary to this, the video image is an interface between reality and the artist’s video-conceptual subject.

Curator׃ Associate Professor Dr. Gabriela Diana Bohnstedt Gavrilaș


INTERFACE |Video Art Event,  IXth edition will be presented from 05. 19-20, 2018 from 19-02 PM at the White Night of Museums to The Museum of Ţǎrii Crişurilor in Oradea within The days of Țării Crișurilor Muzeum,  University of Oradea, Visual Arts DepartmentFaculty of Arts, Romania and in June in Italy at,, box Videoart Project Space Milano,

May 10, 2018

Images cliquables (2018)


Vous pouvez lire et voir « Images cliquables », un projet texte/image dans le nouveau numéro de Voix Plurielles, la Revue de l’Association des Professeur-e-s de Français des Universités et Collèges Canadiens (APFUCC).


Merci à Catherine Parayre !

May 6, 2018

Éloizes – littérature (2018)


Artiste de l’année en littérature : Daniel H. Dugas | Poésie/Essai, L’esprit du temps / The Spirit of the Time

Je reviens sur terre, du pays des terres et forêts, d’Edmundston, d’une semaine absolument fabuleuse. J’ai été touché quotidiennement par la générosité des gens de la région et des artistes présents.

Merci à l’AAAPNB et à l’Académie des arts et des lettres de l’Atlantique. Merci à l’Association australienne de poésie, au Café Blackwattle de Sydney, à Tiong qui m’a si bien accueillie au café. Merci aux Éditions Prise de parole qui ont publié le livre, à denise truax, Miriam Cusson. Un merci tout particulier à Valerie LeBlanc. Merci aussi au Conseil des arts du Canada et à ARTSNB, sans qui le livre n’aurait jamais été écrit. Merci ! #Éloizes

May 1, 2018

Les Éloizes (2018)


Je suis très content de participer aux festivités 2018. Voici mon horaire :

2 mai, 2018
Festin littéraire
Le Festin littéraire : La dernière cène des Bacchantes à 19 h 30 animée par Lou Poirier avec les auteur.e.s Daniel H. Dugas, Hélène Harbec, Christiane St-Pierre, Annie-Claude Thériault et Céleste Godin.

3 et 4 mai, 2018
Performance spontanées au Café Lotus Bleu dans le cadre des festivités des Éloizes.


Évènement phare qui célèbre en 2018 son 20e anniversaire, Les Éloizes met de l’avant l’excellence artistique, en célébrant la qualité et l’originalité du travail de création des artistes professionnel.le.s d’ici. Unique en son genre au Canada, Les Éloizes est le seul gala qui remet des prix dans toutes les disciplines artistiques : la danse, le théâtre, la musique, les arts visuels, les arts médiatiques et la littérature, et qui rend hommage à ceux et celles qui insufflent un élan au développement de l’Acadie moderne.


L’Association acadienne des artistes professionnel.le.s du Nouveau-Brunswick est un organisme de services aux arts qui, depuis 1990, regroupe des artistes professionnel.le.s. Elle a pour mission de promouvoir et de défendre les droits et les intérêts des artistes et de faire reconnaître leur contribution au développement de la société.

Apr 28, 2018

Frye Jam (2018)


28 avril 2018
J’ai eu la chance de participer au Frye Jam, un événement excitant où les Païens sont en parfaite communion avec les auteurs.

Festival FRYE Festival
19e édition du Festival Frye, festival international bilingue de littérature


Daniel H. Dugas

Artiste numérique, poète et musicien, Daniel H. 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. Everglades, coécrit avec Valerie LeBlanc, vient de paraître aux Éditions Prise de parole.

Daniel H. 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 tenth book of poetry, co-written with Valerie LeBlanc, Everglades has just been published by Les Éditions Prise de parole.

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

Éditions Prise de parole




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