EMMEDIA presents
A program of videopoetry curated by Daniel H. Dugas and Valerie LeBlanc
As part of Wordfest 2015

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 @ 7:30PM – 8:15PM
Motel, Arts Commons – 205 8 Avenue SE (Mezzanine level)

Join us for a free screening of Text(e)/Image/Beat, a program of videopoetry curated by Daniel H. Dugas and Valerie LeBlanc, as part of Wordfest 2015. The program was originally commissioned by the Galerie Sans Nom, Moncton, NB for the Northrop Frye Literary Festival, March 20th to May 1st, 2015.

“Videopoetry is a genre that is increasingly drawing the attention of both audiences and creators. […] Creators are now presenting their texts visually and / or performing their poems. Many have realized that messages can be effectively conveyed using the multimodal character of videopoetry. […] The videos in this program have been chosen for their content as well as for the techniques that each creator uses to portray the meaning and aesthetic sense of the content. […] In spite of the fact that the videos originate from many distinct locations, ideas of awaiting / finding miracles and mysteries of living, are frequent. Each work exhibits innovation and imagination, calling upon a wide range of skills to layer meaning. Slam poetry, rants, softly spoken words, hand written notes, and remixes are all used to articulate.”.

- Excerpt from curator’s commentary

To read the rest of the curator’s commentary in English and in French, please go to: issuu.com/emmedia

About Wordfest:

This program will be part of Wordfest’s OctoberFest LAB (for Literary Arts Bonanza). Celebrating its 20th year, Wordfest brings the world’s pages alive at 70+ events with 70+ artists over six days, creating memorable experiences between readers and writers. For more information, go to: wordfest.com

About the curators:

Valerie LeBlanc (b. Halifax, NS) is a pluridisciplinary artist, writer and educator. She has presented her work throughout Canada, the United States, Europe, Australia and Brazil. Launching the MediaPackBoard (MPB) portable screening/performance device in 2005 facilitated the subsequent presentation of a wide range of projects in locations across Canada and in France.


Daniel H. Dugas (b. Montréal, QC) 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 will be published in November 2015 by Les Éditions Prise de parole.


In July 2014, Valerie LeBlanc and Daniel H. Dugas were invited by the Artists in Residence in Everglades (AIRIE) and the Everglades National Park to work on their FLOW: BIG WATERS. This ongoing project is a video, soundwalk and photographic investigation based on the Everglades. A series of video poems from their project to date was screened during the Miami Book Fair International (2014), in AnthropoScene: Art and Nature in a Manufactured Era at the University of Miami (2015), Subtropics Marathon concert, Audiotheque studios, Miami Beach (2015) and at the FILE 2015 – Electronic Language International Festival, Sao Paulo, Brazil.


Heid E. Erdrich, R. Vincent Moniz, Jr. & Jonathan Thunder

Pre-Occupied is a new and experimental form, the poem-film. Originally written for the website 99 Poems for the 99%, poet Heid E. Erdrich created a visual landscape of associations and references that match the tremendous irony of how the word “occupy” can be meant. The film version of this poem is a collaborative collage that means to reveal the distracted human mind at a particular point in history. Released in early 2013, the film inadvertently anticipated the Idle No More Movement.

All three artists who created Pre-Occupied are enrolled members of their tribes and all three live and work in Minnesota. Pre-Occupied is a collaboratively built work by Heid E. Erdrich (Ojibwe), Producer and Co-Director; R. Vincent Moniz, Jr., (Mandan) Co-Director; Jonathan Thunder, (Ojibwe) Art Director and Animator. Heid E. Erdrich is author of five books, R. Vincent Moniz, Jr. has won Jerome and Loft grants for spoken word, Jonathan Thunder exhibits his paintings widely and is a motion graphics professional.

Heid E. Erdrich: http://heiderdrich.com
R. Vincent Moniz, Jr: http://www.redoubted.com
Jonathan Thunder: http://vimeo.com/user7829841

The Neck
Hannah Black

The artist’s childhood drawings mysteriously omitted the neck, which along with other mistakes revealed fissures in the construction of some kind of identity. The video considers this missing neck as an improbable form of mediation between a self and its constituent parts: family, body, race, gender, etc.

Hannah Black is an artist and writer. Her work is assembled from pop music and autobiographical fragments and draws on feminist, communist and black radical thought, and has recently been shown at 155 Freeman/Triple Canopy (NYC), MoMAW (Warsaw), and Sala Luis Miro Quesada Garland (Lima), among other places. She was a studio participant on the Whitney ISP 2013-14 and graduated from the MFA in Art Writing at Goldsmiths in 2013. She is an editor at New York-based magazine The New Inquiry and currently lives in Berlin.


Our Bodies (A Sinner’s Prayer)
Matt Mullins

Inside this public domain footage of an Oral Robert’s sermon Matt Mullins saw a poem in praise of rational humanism revealing what he feels is the ultimate truth: in the end, it’s humanity that’s holy, our bodies with their flaws and potential. Mullins’ took Roberts’ sermon apart, reconstructed it, and used Roberts’ voice to deliver an original poem in praise of the inherent divinity of our bodies. In addition, one of Matt’s goals with this piece was to create a rhythmic flow and visual collage, a kind of dance that uses the exaggerated gestures of Roberts’ preaching style as a visual counterpoint to the poem’s language. Overall, the intent of the filmpoem is to reveal new layers of meaning inside the words of others in a way that expands upon, rather than belittles or mocks the source material.

Matt Mullins writes and makes filmpoems, music, and digital/interactive literature. His work has been screened at Visible Verse, Zebra, Video Bardo, Liberated Words, Co-Kisser, and various other conferences and film festivals in the U.S. and abroad. His fiction and poetry have appeared in a number of print and online literary journals including Mid American Review, Pleiades, Hunger Mountain, Descant, and Hobart. His debut collection of short stories, Three Ways of the Saw, was published by Atticus Books in 2012 and was named a finalist for Foreward Magazine’s Book of the Year. You can engage his interactive/digital literary interfaces at lit-digital.com.


Dog Sitting in Eastern Passage
Martha Cooley

Through a series of hand-written poems scattered across the landscape of Eastern Passage Nova Scotia, a story emerges of heartbreak and hope.

Martha Cooley is a filmmaker and a full time arts administrator living in Halifax Nova Scotia. The first short film she co-produced, When You Sleep premiered at Festival de Cannes as part of Telefilm Canada’s Not Short on Talent program and screened at the Toronto International Film Festival. She is currently the Executive Director of the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative.

John D. Scott

Sandpiper is a poem that was written by Elizabeth Bishop in 1965, believed to be based on observations she made on a trip as an adult back to Nova Scotia. Bishop’s adult life took her in many directions and places, and she has explicitly compared herself to the sandpiper and (presumably) both of their quests to seek enlightenment through careful observation. My goal in Sandpiper is to playfully evoke the sandpiper’s worldview and some of the ethos of the poem’s searching motif using images and sounds. Some of the shots for Sandpiper were shot on a beach in Lockeport, Nova Scotia where it is believed that Bishop made the observations that became the basis for the poem.

He has won many awards and multiple glowing reviews and distinctions as an independent filmmaker. Among his films is the feature-length documentary called Scouts Are Cancelled, which debuted at the Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival in Toronto in 2007 and has screened dozens of times on CBC’s Documentary Channel. Currently Scott is an Associate Professor in the Television-Radio Program in the Park School of Communications at Ithaca College.


Tom Konyves

This postmodern vision of human slavery juxtaposes the voices of the known sufferers with the voices of an unrelenting materialist culture; in between, we build towers – only to dismantle them.
What remains to be said of the ‘owned’? What are they ‘owed’?
An ode…
(The subject at the centre of the title (n) is self-explanatory.)

Sometime last year, my friend and poet Lionel Kearns sent me a cell-phone video his wife Gerry Sinclair had recorded of a team of “Castellers” they found while travelling in Catalonia, Spain. Two things about the video struck me: surely, I thought, this climbing on one another’s shoulders, this building a structure – there is an allegory here; and, on a purely visual level, the portrait orientation of a cell-phone positioned in the center of the screen would enable 2 text spaces to appear on either side of the image – producing a triptych of image and text. With that in mind, I waited for the text and the soundtrack to present themselves. By chance I happened to be reading “American Slavery: Testimony of a Thousand Witnesses”. I had also come across Melissa Brewer’s “betterthanTV” channel on youtube, specifically her jazzumentaries (jazz soundtracks added to stock/archival footage), which is where I found Jim Hobbs’ “Drunk On The Blood Of The Holy Ones”. With the help of my son, Alex, we cut the video to the rhythm of that piece of music. The “reading” is facilitated with images of a seagull at the bottom of the panel.

Tom Konyves is a writer, poet, videopoet and videopoetry theorist teaching Visual Poetry and Creative Writing at the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada. His career began in Montreal in the late 1970s, when he became a part of a group of 7 poets, The Vehicule Poets, at the experimental artist-run gallery, Vehicule Art. In 1978, he produced “Sympathies of War”, a 10-minute video, his first of many interdisciplinary works, whose form he coined as a “videopoem”. Since then, he published 5 books of poetry, a surrealist novella, and worked as a poetry columnist at the Montreal Star newspaper. In 2008, he began research in the field of videopoetry, publishing “Videopoetry: A Manifesto” in 2011. He has been invited to numerous festivals, conferences and symposiums, presenting his vision of the genre of videopoetry. He lives in White Rock, BC, Canada, with his wife and 3 children.


Five Miles (Simple Brushstrokes on a Naked Canvas)
Marc Neys (aka SWOON)

I first got the idea for this video, when reading Fugitive Pieces by Howie Good. In Fugitive Pieces, Howie Good used the techniques of the collagist. The poems are collages sourced from various texts as well as his own imagination.

from the author’s note: ‘This meant creation through destruction, lifting things from one context and dropping them into another, establishing unfamiliar relationships among familiar objects.’

From this book I took the poem Simple Brushstrokes on a Naked Canvas to build my composition around, using the same collage technique while ‘composing’ with footage, sounds & samples.

Swoon (AKA Marc Neys) (1968, Essen, Belgium) is an artist who works in a variety of media; he’s a video-artist / soundscape-constructor. “Swoon’s work is provocative, beautiful and disturbing. Using poems as guidelines, Swoon creates video and soundscapes using a blend of layered images taken from internet archives, advertisements, and his own film and sound recordings. Swoon’s work is instantly recognizable for its dreamlike quality as well as the skill with which the artist extracts new meaning from the poems he illuminates.

Swoon’s work has been featured at film festivals all over the world. He has been giving showcases and workshops about videopoetry in Vilnius (TARP), Antwerp (Creatief Schrijven), Athens (Frown), Dunbar (Filmpoem), Liberated Words (Bristol), and more.


Brûle le bois vert
Michel Félix Lemieux

Brûle le bois vert est une réflexion confuse et poétique sur l’exode, ainsi que l’universalité de la prise de conscience de la solitude. L’instabilité en chaleur et en couleurs du temps qui passe y est évoquée dans une prise de parole anonyme se superposant à des images d’un déplacement en train.

Michel Félix Lemieux est originaire de Loretteville, Québec. Il vit et travaille à Montréal. Son engagement artistique est interdisciplinaire et s’élabore autour de la trace. Il travaille l’imprévisible et l’accidentel, principalement en peinture, en photo et vidéo, en art sonore ainsi qu’en écriture poétique.


I Love the Internet
Kevin Barrington & Bruce Ryder

I love The Internet is a digidelic love song delivered with subversive wit and a touch of passion.

Kevin Barrington is an Irish poet, writer and multimedia artist. www.itsapoeticalworld.com/publication/ilti

Bruce Ryder is an artist and illustrator living in Wicklow, Ireland.

Retenir son souffle
Maryse Arseneault

Inspiré de Twin Peaks et le suicide d’un ami en 2009, l’année où j’écoutais l’album Michigan de Sufjan Stevens, ce poéme-vidéo superpose ma voix avec des samples sonores et vidéos que j’ai pris avec mon iPhone en 2013-2014. Une berceuse dans le vent, où j’essaye de reprendre mon souffle sans tomber dans le vide.

Courte Biographie
Maryse Arseneault poursuit présentement sa maîtrise en arts plastiques à l’Université Concordia (MFA Studio Arts). Membre locataire du centre culturel Aberdeen depuis son baccalauréat (Université de Moncton 2006), Arseneault est une artiste multi-disciplinaire qui s’engage dans sa communauté, notamment avec la Galerie Sans Nom, l’atelier d’estampe Imago, et la Commission Jeunesse pour les arts au Nouveau-Brunswick. Deux fois récipiendaire d’une bourse de création ArtsNB (2007 et 2011), elle signe l’installation d’appropriations Sanguine, Terre Brulée et Autres Angoisses (Galerie d’art Louise et Ruben Cohen 2011, Festival inter-celtique de Lorient 2012, Eastern Edge Gallery 2013) et l’installation performative avec projections Une coupe de cheveux pour la fin du monde (Galerie Sans Nom 2012). L’art de s’envoler / Flyer for Flight sera présenté à la Galerie du Nouvel Ontario au printemps 2015.

Philosophie et démarche
Dans l’ensemble de ma pratique je tisse des liens entre des croyances d’un peu partout dans le monde, avec un penchant pour la mythologie de mes ancêtres (M’kmaq et marins bretons, entre autres), mais aussi sous une grande influence occidentale (Soufisme, Taoisme et philosophies macrobiotiques). J’examine la fonction pratique, esthétique et spirituelle de l’art, soutenant que l’art est un mécanisme de pérennité, et que la poésie précède la science ou la technologie. Dernièrement, je cherche à soutenir mes propos philosophiques en découvrant les écrits de Heiddeger, Foucault, et Deleuze, auteurs importants quant aux questions d’identité, d’écologie et de politique. Mon travail reflète toujours une sensibilité mystique, où je réussi à évoquer des émotions troubles mais apaisantes en même temps. Ma recherche artistique depuis mon entrée à Concordia (Maitrise en Studio Arts) consiste principalement de pratiques d’observations et de méditations spéculatives en dessin, vidéo et performance. Suivant l’école de pensée métaphysique contemporaine connue sous le nom Object-Oriented- Onthology (ex: Jane Bennet, Graham Harman), j’essaie de comprendre l’objet non-vivant comme matière active et d’accéder à son potentiel émotif.


Fernando Lazzari

This is a tribute film to the amazing Montserrat typeface, recently designed by my friend Julieta Ulanovsky. A tribute, also, to the Montserrat neighbourhood in my hometown Buenos Aires, which inspired the font. And finally a tribute to Jorge Luis Borges. The text is an extract from his wonderful poem Break Of Day (Amanecer) from the book Fervor de Buenos Aires (1923).

Fernando Lazzari is a London-based designer and director with a strong, refined visual style and a unique combination of creative and technical skills. With a solid background in design, film, typography, photography and animation, his work has been recognised with multiple industry awards.


Tonight Is For The Trees
Matthew Hayes

A short video based on a spoken word piece by Sasha Patterson, produced as part of ARTSPACE’s 2014 Cinepoetry production program.

Matthew Hayes is currently a PhD student in Canadian Studies at Trent University. His research looks at Canada’s UFO archive, and what it can tell us about science policy and government espionage during the Cold War. His previous short films include The Rib Thief (2014), Argus (2014), Oxford is the Left Bank (2013) and Tom Quixote (2012).


Sasha Patterson is a poet, friend, caregiver, and musician living in Nogojiwanong/Peterborough. In April of 2014 Sasha placed 15th in the country at the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Competition in Vancouver, BC. In October of 2014 they will be competing at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Victoria, BC along with Peterborough’s Poetry Slam Team. Sasha helps to organize monthly slams in Peterborough as well as a number of other events around town.


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