May 9, 2020
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The value of ours lives (2020)

The Covid-19 pandemic has given us a chance to know what our leaders think of the value of ours lives. If this isn’t cool, it is at least interesting.

Yes, life is complicated and we know, priceless. Nevertheless, there are methods to assess the value of a life, which is also a complicated thing to do. Different economists will come up with different results. It all depends on the angle that is chosen. Two basic and often quoted methods to monetize and estimate the value of a life are the VSL (value of statistical life) and the QALY (value of a quality-adjusted life-year). In the U.S., the Office of Management and Budget puts the value of a human life in the range of $7 to $9 million. We can assume that the numbers in Canada are near those of the US. As we also know how much money the governments have thrown at the coronavirus crisis so far, we should be able to calculate how far our societies will go to preserve life or decide to let some go.

The whole situation is a conundrum at best or a Hobson Choice at worst: we live next to a factory that spews toxins over our communities, but that is where we work.

See also: The Cost of a Human Life, Statistically Speaking

Photo, Library of Congress: Residents of shack town making daily round through the city dump looking for anything of value. Dubuque, Iowa | Vachon, John, 1914-1975, photographer


 

Your Life Is Worth $10 Million, According To The Government
NPR, July 17, 20208:01 AM ET

https://www.npr.org/sections/money/2020/07/17/870483369/your-life-is-worth-10-million-according-to-the-government

Apr 23, 2020
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Videopoetry / Vidéopoésie announcement Liberated Words (2020)

Videopoetry = Vidéopoésie
BY  · PUBLISHED  · UPDATED 

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 21, 2020
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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!!!!

 

http://liberatedwords.com/2020/04/21/videopoetry-videopoesie/

Apr 7, 2020
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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
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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
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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.

https://www.lyrafest.com/#events/e61060

@lyrafest @liberatedwords @ArnolfiniArts

 

Mar 4, 2020
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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.

https://www.galeriecava.com/

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
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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
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