Apr 21, 2020

Videopoetry = Vidéopoésie by Sarah Tremlett (2020)

Videopoetry = Vidéopoésie
by Sarah Tremlett, published april 21, 2020 – updated april 23, 2020

Wonderful news that the mammoth – over 400 pages – publication Videopoetry = Vidéopoésie by leading Canadian videopoets Valerie LeBlanc and Daniel H. Dugas is now out online https://dr.library.brocku.ca/handle/10464/14790

Published by Brock University’s Small Walker Press it is a comprehensive survey of their collaboration over a thirty-year period. Catherine Parayre has written the French introduction, with Lucy English writing in English. It has also been my pleasure to contribute an essay on their extraordinary body of work. In my research it took me a long time to get to know (and relish) all their developments. I am particularly fond of their use of documenting first-hand experience as in ‘Slices of Life’ from the nineties for example; as well as their finely crafted and important ecopoetry films of more recent years. For my in-depth analysis on their filmic and poetic techniques please check out the book itself.

But I would just like to say that what adds to the poetry (that is always succinct, and of its time and place whilst setting us on a philosophical path), is the fact that it is bilingual. This can create comparisons (visual as well as verbal), as one language is typeset next to the other, but also reminds us of their Canadian roots, and all its associations and influences (geographic, artistic and political). The poetry and the videos emanate not just from the combining of two creative fields, and the collaboration and consequent creative marriage of two people, but two significant cultures. This ‘bilinguality’ extends our understanding of what it means to be not just poetically engaged and enlightened but politically aware in the 21st century. Go Read!!!!



Apr 7, 2020

Videopoetry/Vidéopoésie |SWP launch (2020)

Press Release

Videopoetry / Videopoésie by Daniel H. Dugas and Valerie LeBlanc is launched through the Small Walker Press,​ Centre for Studies in Arts and Culture, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON. The online version of the book has now been released: https://dr.library.brocku.ca/handle/10464/14790

The release date for the two-volume paper version has bee​n postponed until fall 2020.

About the book
Our need to revisit and to re-evaluate works completed from the late 1980’s to 2018 led us to the creation of this book. We are happy to share the actual works and documentation of these collaborative and individually based projects.

The texts are in English or French, some are presented bilingually. Introductions by Catherine Parayre and Lucy English as well as in-depth commentary by Sarah Tremlett.

We would like to thank editors Gina Maranto and Catherine Parayre. Thanks to Olivier Lasser for his help with the layout. We acknowledge the support of the New Brunswick Arts Board.

Communiqué de presse

Les éditions Small Walker Press,​ Centre for Studies in Arts and Culture, Brock University, St-Catharines, ON, viennent de lancer Videopoetry / Videopoésie de Daniel H. Dugas et de Valerie LeBlanc. Le livre est maintenant disponible en version numérique / libre accès : https://dr.library.brocku.ca/handle/10464/14790

Le lancement de la version papier se fera à l’automne 2020.

À propos du livre
Ce livre réuni des textes et des images provenant de vidéopoèmes réalisés au cours des trente dernières années. Nous sommes heureux de pouvoir partager ici ces œuvres collaboratives et individuelles, textuelles et virtuelles.

Les textes sont en anglais ou en français, certains sont présentés de façon bilingue. Le livre contient des textes d’introduction de Catherine Parayre et de Lucy English ainsi qu’un commentaire détaillé de Sarah Tremlett.

Nous aimerions remercier Gina Maranto et Catherine Parayre pour leur travail d’eìdition. Merci à Olivier Lasser pour son aide avec la mise en page. Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Nouveau-Brunswick de son soutien.


The Small Walker Press addresses the research and creative interests of faculty members at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts at Brock University, and engages with authors, artists and academics alike to produce small, innovative publications.

Mar 7, 2020

ELO Conference (2020)

We (Valerie LeBlanc and Daniel H. Dugas) are very happy that our project ‘Around Osprey’ has been accepted for the upcoming Electronic Literature Organization conference in Orlando, Florida, July 16-19th. The exhibit entitled ‘(gen)erations’ will be open to the public for one month at the CityArts in downtown Orlando. ‘Around Osprey’ was developed in Osprey during an artist residency with the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast.

We hope that the Coronavirus will go away and not wreak havoc into all things.

More news later >>>>>>

The Electronic Literature Organization is a non-profit organization established in 1999 to promote and facilitate the writing, publishing, and reading of electronic literature.

Mar 4, 2020

Poetry Films for the Environment (2020)

Death in the Morning (water) has been selected for the Poetry Films for the Environment at the Lyra Festival

Poetry Films for the Environment
Arnolfini Art Gallery
16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA, FREE EVENT Sat 14th March 1–2

LYRA looks like being a truly amazing festival this year and we are very pleased to be showcasing these films. There will also be an accompanying screening booklet on the website of the artists and poets featured, and essays by Lucy English and Meriel Lland. There will also be what promises to be a very stimulating panel discussion with Mark Smalley from Extinction Rebellion leading the way.

international screening
Mary McDonald, Penn Kemp; Ian Gibbins; Helen Dewbery, Suzannah Evans; Helen Moore, Howard Vause; Jutta Pryor, Lucy English; Janet Lees; Fiona Tin Wei Lam, Tisha Deb Pillai; Valerie LeBlanc, Daniel Dugas; Meriel Lland; Sarah Tremlett.

panel discussion
Mark Smalley from Extinction Rebellion; ecopoets Helen Moore, Meriel Lland and Caleb Parkin, with poetry filmmaker Sarah Tremlett, curator and co-director of Liberated Words CIC. Chair poet Lucy English, co-curator, co-director of Liberated Words and Lyra festival.


@lyrafest @liberatedwords @ArnolfiniArts


Mar 4, 2020

CAVA – vernissage (2020)

Nous revenons d’Edmonton où nous exposons EVERGLADES à la galerie CAVA. Ç’a été une très belle expérience. Merci à Ahmed Hassan, Émilien Durand, Marie ainsi qu’à Doris Charest. Merci aussi à Gerry Straathof pour son expertise avec le Bidule. Nous remercions aussi le Conseil des arts du Canada et Arts NB pour leur soutien.

L’exposition est en montre jusqu’au 10 avril 2020.


We just came back from Edmonton where we are exhibiting EVERGLADES at the Galerie CAVA. It was a wonderful experience. Thanks to Ahmed Hassan, Émilien Durand, Marie, and Doris Charest. Thanks also to Gerry Straathof for his expertise with the Bidule. We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and Arts NB.

Everglades is on display until April 10, 2020

https://www.galeriecava.com/¬ Entrevue radio à l’émission Culture et confiture avec Mireille Langlois

L’installation Everglades de Valerie LeBlanc et Daniel H. Dugas
Publié le 29 février 2020Rattrapage du samedi 29 février 2020

Dec 14, 2019

Les Éloizes – Petit Rocher (2020)

Quelle affaire! Everglades, un livre coécrit avec Valerie LeBlanc et publié à Prise de parole est en nomination dans la catégorie littérature pour les Éloizes 2020!

Finalistes 2020 – Artiste de l’année en littérature #Éloizes

Daniel H. Dugas et Valerie LeBlanc – Poésie, Everglades
Jonathan Roy – Poésie, Savèches à fragmentation
Réjean Roy – Illustrations, B pour bayou

Communiqué (AAAPNB)https://create.piktochart.com/output/42303413-communique-devoilement-finalistes-2020

Nov 19, 2019

De fil en anguille (2019)


Le 21 août dernier, la revue Ancrages avait invité 24 auteurs/autrices à écrire chacun/e pendant 60 minutes, dans 24 lieux différents. Suite à cet exercice, les auteurs/autrices nous invitent, par le biais de textes et de photos, à visiter les endroits qu’ils et elles ont choisis pour écrire.


Le ruisseau Halls à Moncton.

Un rouet sur mon dos.

Barbe à Papa.

Merci à @ancrages !


Daniel H. Dugas from Revue Ancrages on Vimeo.


Nov 13, 2019

The seagulls and us (2019)


Politically, we are like a colony of seagulls in a parking lot near McDonald’s or Wendy’s. We look for scraps of food; fries, morsels of meat, even a pickle. We work individually, picking at other birds that threaten to steal what looks like loot. And then amid this disorganized assembly, someone walks by; one man going home or to the grocery store, and all of the birds looking for food fly off in fright. I always find it amazing, that a huge flock of birds can be so afraid of one harmless man going out to run an errand, while longing to lay down on the couch at home. The birds don’t have any understanding of the power they hold. If they were aware, they would stand up to the passer-by and HE would be the one running for his life. But now the man is in his house, watching TV, and he’s probably not even thinking about the birds that are still looking for food and skittering away whenever someone walks by.

Politically, we are like a colony of seagulls found in a parking lot because we seem unable to realize and assume our strengths. We can only conceive of two outcomes for any election: it will be a Liberal government or a Conservative government. In our minds, there are no other possibilities. We either win a fry or a pickle type of government. If we were like the enlightened seagulls of my dreams, we would stand up to passers-by and vote, not for one or the other, but for the party that reflects our beliefs. And we would finally elect someone else, the world would be a better place.

The fear that we have, that if it’s not daytime it must be night-time, can be likened to the fear that makes all birds shake in their boots. Of course, if there was a proportional representation system, or a least an electoral reform like was once promised not too long ago, we would find parking lots with both the birds and the passers-by in happy co-existence.

Daniel H. Dugas
November 6, 2019

What Trudeau said: A look back at Liberal promises on electoral reform
Tania Kohut, December 2, 2016

Why Do Seagulls Hang Out in Parking Lots?
Matt Soniak, June 30, 2014


Image: Library of Congress
Zoo: Billy Sea Gull, July 10, 1920 

Nov 12, 2019

24 images/notes de ma seconde New-Yorkaise (2019)

Jean Luc Goddard disait que la photographie, c’était la vérité et le cinéma, c’était vingt-quatre fois la vérité par seconde…  Voici 24 images de ma seconde New-Yorkaise, accompagnées de 24 hyperliens.

1. Parce que le Mutoscope est une machine fantastique,

2. Pour le bleu de l’image et les nez d’Orson Wells,

3. Parce que « Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman » de Dara Birnbaum
me fait encore réfléchir,

4. Parce qu’Hudson Yards n’est qu’un vaste dépotoir matérialiste et qu’après avoir vu la sculpture de Thomas Heatherwick mon œil s’est accroché à la publicité intérieure,

5. Parce que cet édifice de Snug Habor me fait penser à Aberdeen à Moncton,

6. Parce que la perruque couleur néon est électrique,

7. Parce que le 11 septembre a laissé une marque profonde et que les deux tours existent encore dans cet espace sacré,

8. Parce que ces micros, suspendus devant le rideau rouge, sont d’une grande beauté,

9. Parce que c’est sous le vide que le monde médiatisé nous est apparu,

10. Parce que les « Diapositives à Chansons » recoupaient déjà les grands désirs marketing,

11. Pour « Pong », où j’ai déposé un nombre incalculable de 25 sous,

12. Pour Pope L., que je ne connaissais pas et dont la trajectoire artistique me fascine,

13. Parce que la peinture intitulée « The Eternal City » de Peter Blume est une révélation,

14. Parce qu’Aparelho Cinecromático d’Abraham Palatnik est une autre révélation,

15. Parce que « My%Desktop » est une de mes œuvres d’art préférées depuis longtemps,

16. Parce que j’essaie de m’insérer dans « Figurengruppe/Group of Figures » de Katharina Fritsch,

17. Parce que la statue « Rumors of War » de l’artiste noir américain Kehinde Wiley est d’une grande pertinence, pour ce moment dans l’histoire américaine, pour le choix du modèle, parce que le monument est installé temporairement en plein milieu de Time Square et que l’impact des publicités donne à lire obliquement,

18. Parce que le Guggenheim est un bijou d’architecture,

19. Parce que les crabes qui soutiennent l’Aiguille de Cléopâtre dans Central Park pèsent 922 lb chacun,

20. Parce que le panneau d’affichage « VOTE » de Mitch “the World’s Best Artist” O’Connell remet les pendules à l’heure et parce que l’autre panneau d’affichage par Dhvani —situé directement au-dessus—est aussi captivant que le premier,

21. Parce que l’affiche de la fin du monde est rudimentaire et que cette semaine-là le président américain avait 66.6 millions d’abonnés,

22. Parce que Steinway est un rêve,

23. Parce que la librairie « Printed Matter, Inc » est un temple de bonbons,

24. Parce que ce décollage, presque un détachement, ressemble à la coupe Stanley et que le logo est celui du département d’assainissement de la ville de New York.

Oct 21, 2019

Notes from watching the 2015 election (2019)

Capture d’écran 2019-10-21 à 17.11.14

Here are my notes from watching the last election (2015).

BEGINNING: What is wrong with us?

Justin Trudeau has already become the greatest prime minister in Canada!

It reminds me of the blue wave of Brian Mulroney in 1988. We are all purple now!

We are back in the future of our past.

Everything is already totally different.

For once Atlantic Canada has weight. The conservative voted liberal.

CTV sets look like Apple’s OSX.

The algal bloom may also deplete oxygen in the waters and/or release toxins that may cause illness in humans and other animals.

Like when Frank McKenna won every seat in 1987.

Orange and green were obviously not real colours.

We are now 33% better!

I’ve heard that the Blue Jays will be wearing red shirts in the next inning.

Mulcair will shave his beard.

We need a party with the colour yellow!

Dynasty: “power, lordship, sovereignty,” from dynastes “ruler, chief,” from dynasthai “have power.

It might take another 100 years to see a different outcome than the red vs. blue scheme.

Actually, it might never happen.

It’s still early, but it’s pretty late.

Jack Layton has turned in his grave.

Tom forgot to say something…

Canada Vote sets. Wendy Wesley in purple and Diana Swain in yellow?

Embarrasser ou embrasser ?

Fast delivery

END: They like to touch their chest.


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. Videopoésie / Videopoetry, coécrit avec Valerie LeBlanc, vient de paraître aux éditions Small Walker Press.

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 eleventh book of poetry, co-written with Valerie LeBlanc, Videopoésie / Videopoetry has just been published by the Small Walker Press.

Date: April 2020
Genre: Vidéopoésie/Videopoetry

Videopoetry / Vidéopoésie

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