Friday, December 30, 2022

COVID: where did it all go wrong?


Three years ago in Wuhan

Quote from an article published December 30 2019, Reuters. One of the first international news stories about SARS COV 2. The issue of candor remains a lively one, and will continue to haunt international relations during 2023.


BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese health authorities said they are investigating 27 cases of viral pneumonia in the central city of Wuhan, after rumors on social media suggested the outbreak could be linked to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

Of the people infected, seven were in critical condition and 18 were in stable condition, the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission said on Tuesday on its Weibo social media account. The condition of two other patients had improved to the point where they would be discharged soon, it said.

“The cause of the disease is not clear,” the official People’s Daily newspaper said on Weibo, citing unnamed hospital officials. “We cannot confirm it is what’s being spread online, that it is SARS virus. Other severe pneumonia is more likely.”

All of the patients had been isolated and their close contacts are under medical observation, the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission said. An investigation and cleanup were under way at a seafood market in the city, which is suspected to be connected with the cases, it said.

Initial laboratory tests showed that the cases were viral pneumonia. No obvious human-to-human transmission had been found and no medical staff had been infected, the commission said.

A team of experts from the National Health Commission is in Wuhan to carry out tests, state broadcaster CCTV said.

An official at Wuhan Central Hospital, where local media said some of the cases are being treated, declined to comment when contacted by Reuters.

In 2003, Chinese officials covered up a SARS outbreak for weeks before a growing death toll and rumors forced the government to reveal the epidemic, apologize and vow full candor in future outbreaks.

The disease, which emerged in southern China in late 2002, spread rapidly from south China to other cities and countries in 2003. More than 8,000 people were infected and 775 died.

Gerry Gunnarsen: from the work in progress, Plastic Millennium


Yongin/ 용인


Sunday, December 25, 2022

Votre monde/ Your World

Clip #1: A moviepoem about rural roots: Your World #poetry #poetryfilm. 

This is a quasi-experimental project that’s a combination of personal documentary and poetic video. The project begins with footage of the Joongang (Central) Market in Hadong.

Vidéo poétique au sujet des racines rurales de ma femme.

Monday, December 19, 2022

Merry Killmas/ L’enfer d’une guerre


Merry Killmas 1

YouTube link:

Saturday, December 17, 2022

Low book sales in Canada/ La problème du manque des vents

Why don’t books in Canada sell? Some reasons are quantitative (distribution), but some, frankly, are qualitative. This needs more discussion. 

Pourquoi est-ce que c’est si difficile de vendre les livres publiés au Canada? Un topique pour discuter.

Friday, December 16, 2022

Chris Gehman 2

Cinéaste expérimental et archiviste, Chris Gehman discute les forces matériels qui ont formé le cinéma en Canada. Deuxième partie.

Experimental filmmaker and archivist Chris Gehman discusses the material forces that have shaped film in Canada. Part two. 

Thursday, December 15, 2022

Chris Gehman 1

Cinéaste expérimental et archiviste, Chris Gehman discute les forces matériels qui ont formé le cinéma en Canada. Première partie.

Experimental filmmaker and archivist Chris Gehman discusses the material forces that have shaped film in Canada. Part one.

Saturday, December 10, 2022

Festival du thé vert à Séoul/ Green tea festival in Seoul/ 녹차 축제 코앣스


Les armes nucléaires/ Nuclear weapons and war

#nuclear #nucleaire #nuclearwar . 

What’s the difference between tactical and strategic nuclear weapons? Is “limited” nuclear war possible? Full video at YouTube:

La différence entre les armes nucléaires tactiques et stratégiques c’est quoi exactement?

Thursday, December 08, 2022

Lancement de missile comme peinture/ Missile Launch as Painting XLI

Clip From Missile Launch as Painting (Incense Sticks … For the People). 

Clip du projet Lancement du missile comme peinture.

This is part of an ongoing project about the hunger of weapons systems and their human « food ». Full video at YouTube: #poetry #poetryfilm

Project still


Friday, December 02, 2022

War Markets

#poetry #poetrycommunity #antiwar. WAR MARKETS — a spoken word version of a poem/ moviepoem I recently had published in lit journal Mudlark. Full video at YouTube:

Thievanomics/ Voleurs économiques


Monday, November 28, 2022

Last Universes…/ Dernier univers…

Intro to a project I’m working on about my late brother’s writing. More to follow…

Quelques pensées au sujet d’écriture de mon frère décédé.

Friday, November 25, 2022

La guerre des masques/ Mask Wars

#masks #covid19 #pandemic 

Masking is ubiquitous in Asia. No, it’s not a perfect protection against Covid-19, but it does keep numbers down, and it’s a very safe technology that, theoretically, should not be controversial. Yet in  Western countries it often is … so much so that masking has now become a flash point of the culture wars.

Full video at YouTube:

Toujours et partout en Asie, les gens portent les masques. Mais pas au Occident. Une erreur?

The War on Smog, XI

The four opening photos in this clip here were all shot in the past week. They capture the eerie warmth South Korea is experiencing this fall; spring flowers blooming in late November because of global warming. Moreover, military activity significantly increases carbon emissions. Is there a connection between these two phenomena? Full video at YouTube:

Thursday, November 24, 2022

La guerre contre le smog/ The War on Smog

Spotted yesterday: azaleas — blooming in November….

Hier nous avons vu les fleurs de printemps — les azalées—en plein fleurir … mais en novembre…

어제 우리는 진달래 꽃 피고 있다고 봤는데 십일월에

More thoughts:

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

War Markets

 #poetryfilm #poetrycommunity #experimental #antiwar #militarism #economy 

A new work about our teetering world. YouTube link:

Text online at the literary journal Mudlark: 

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

New work/ nouveau travaux

Au CLS, Trajectoires (2) par Jean Coulombe.

Honored to have a new piece entitled War Markets at the online literary journal Mudlark. 

Sunday, November 20, 2022

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Lumière d’il y a longtemps/ Long Light

Clip from Long Light: from a new project about my brother’s writing — his experience of being in the world. New music.

Nouveau projet au sujet d’écriture de mon frère.

For an earlier project at YouTube, link here:

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Family Maps/ Cartes de famille

Ten years ago, almost to the day, a medical team at Montreal General contacted me and told me if I wanted to see my brother one more time, I should come to Canada within the next week. So I booked a ticket…

Dernière voyage pour voir mon petit frère…

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Missile Launch as Painting XXXIX

Clip from the moviepoem « Missile Launch as Painting XXXIX (Drone Version) ». Full video at YouTube: . The age of robotic warfare has arrived. But what was the route by which we found ourselves here? #poetrycommunity #video #poetryfilm #antiwar.

Saturday, November 12, 2022

Chat de marché/ Market cat


Marché coréenne traditionnelle/ Traditional Korean Market

 S. and I went to the Hadong Market today. It never seems to diminish in vitality, though I’m sure the nearby  supermarkets are indifferent to its fate. For more abt Hadong’s food traditions, Greening Korea: and Market Alive III:

S. et moi sommes allés au marché de Hadong aujourd'hui.  Sa vitalité ne semble jamais diminuer, même si je suis sûr que les supermarchés à proximité sont indifférents à son sort.  Pour en savoir plus sur les traditions culinaires de Hadong, Greening Korea : et Market Alive III :

Friday, November 11, 2022

Jour de souvenir/ Remembrance Day

Rabies Beach 1 via @YouTube. 

Opening to Rabies Beach, a novel about Canadian soldiers encountering for the first time the vicious child soldiers of the 12th SS in Normandy. #RemembranceDay 

Extrait d’un roman qui raconte l’histoire des soldats canadiens et leur première rencontre avec les jeunes soldats sauvage du 12th SS en Normandie. #JourDeSouvenir

Photographie à la nuit/ Night photography


Tuesday, November 08, 2022

Monday, November 07, 2022

Tristesse pour les décédés/ Sadness for the dead


거리의 마술사/ Street magician/ Magicien de rue/

Street Magician: PicGall 12. Full video: via @YouTube. #streetphotography #a7iv #a6400 #sonylenses #sonycamera #photography #photooftheday #seoul #urbanliving

A minute-short taken in Seoul. Camera: Sony a6400. Lens 18-105 f4 PZ.

There was some discussion recently on the strengths and weaknesses of the 18 105 for video. 

The following was shot on November 6/22 when we chanced upon a street magician in downtown Seoul. I wasn’t expecting this, and shot the video with the focal length at around 105mm. I didn’t have a gimbal, so the quality is due to the lens’s OSS.

Thursday, November 03, 2022

Baram Writer 1



Baram Writer 1

This is part one of an early attempt at (filmic)-image-and-text narrative. 

I’d been very interested in underground comics before; what people now term graphic fiction. But I wanted this project to have a cinematic feel to it. 

Getting it published was an ordeal. Getting published is usually an ordeal, of course. But I was surprised by how much resistance there was at lit mags (including lit mags that published visual art) to this kind of narrative strategy. 

Ultimately, it was published in a fine American lit magazine called Dark Sky. This was in the mid-aughts, when there were still high hopes for an online literary culture that could — in terms of cultural prestige and capital — equal print literary culture. But the online magazines were largely ignored by critics, arts journalists and academics. Dark Sky finally folded. In order not to lose the work, I put up a version at one of my own sites. 

There are also a couple of moviepoem versions of this project.



  Baram Écrivain 1

  Il s'agit de la première partie d'une première tentative de narration (filmique) d'images et de textes.

  J'avais été très intéressé par les bandes dessinées underground auparavant ;  ce que les gens appellent maintenant la fiction graphique.  Mais je voulais que ce projet ait une sensation cinématographique.

  Le faire publier était un ordre.  Être publié est généralement une commande, bien sûr.  Mais j'ai été surpris par la résistance des magazines éclairés (y compris les magazines éclairés qui publiaient de l'art visuel) à ce type de stratégie narrative.

  En fin de compte, il a été publié dans un excellent magazine américain appelé Dark Sky.  C'était au milieu des années 2000, alors qu'il y avait encore de grands espoirs pour une culture littéraire en ligne qui pourrait - en termes de prestige culturel et de capital - égaler la culture littéraire imprimée.  Mais les magazines en ligne ont été largement ignorés par les critiques, les journalistes artistiques et les universitaires.  Dark Sky a finalement plié.  Afin de ne pas perdre le travail, j'ai mis en place une version sur l'un de mes propres sites.

  Il existe également quelques versions de films de ce projet.

Le narrative à scénario très illustré/ The highly illustrated screenplay narrative

 #novel #publishing #literature. 2/The recent PRH merger trial underlines  publishing is going through turmoil; the result in no small measure of declining fiction sales. My idea is a new form of graphic fiction should be established: the highly illustrated screenplay narrative.

#roman #édition #littérature.  2/ Le récent procès de fusion PRH souligne que l'édition est en pleine tourmente ;  le résultat dans une large mesure de la baisse des ventes de fiction.  Mon idée est qu'une nouvelle forme de fiction graphique devrait être établie : le scénario narratif très illustré.

새 글러브 그룹 감독 과 작가 있다…

Monday, October 31, 2022

Greening Korea

#Korea #RuralAsia

Synopsis: A personal documentary about the agricultural life in Hadong-gun, the region of South Korea where my wife grew up. Filming was on the farm belonging to her family, and in the marketplace of the nearby town.

Green tea production is particularly prevalent in Hadong. But its farmers are under extreme economic pressure. More than this, Koreans’ habits in terms of favored beverages are changing, and the popularity of coffee is having a severely detrimental effect on green tea sales.

Kimchi, on the other hand, remains a staple of the Korean diet. And kimchi-making (kimchang) remains a traditional activity in most Korean households. Usually a group activity, after my wife’s mother’s death, my wife took this over duty solely.

[Note: a .txt file transcript is available for translation]

(Note: I have both 2K and 4K versions of this project.)


Screenings and awards:

Mokkho International Film Festival

May 6, 2021 (winner)

Sprouting Seed International Short Film Festival 2020

Nov 28, 2020


Sunfest International Short Film Festival

May 15, 2021


Pune Short Film Festival

Oct 8, 2021



Anatolia International Film Festival

Feb 3, 2021


Great Message International Film Festival

Mar 20, 2021


Indo Global International Film Festival

Dec 25, 2020



Jan 10, 2021


Jharkhand Film Festival

May 8, 2021


Alibag Short Film Festival

Jan 20, 2021


Goa Short Film Festival

Dec 10, 2020


Golden Tree International Documentary Festival

Jul 25, 2020

Stockholm Film Festival 


Ashoka IFF

January 20, 2022


From my collection of ambient and authorial movies. My focus is on videopoetry; however, I work in other genres and art forms as well.



Seoulography: Peacefulness and Sadness/ La paix et la tristesse


Friday, October 21, 2022

Restaurant chinois en Séoul/ Chinese restaurant in Seoul


PicGall 10: dans les rues de Seoul/ In the streets of Seoul

 #streetphotography #a7iv #a6400 #sonylenses #sonycamera #photography #photooftheday #seoul #urbanliving

Clip from a minute-gallery of recent photos taken in Gangnam, Seoul. Cameras: Sony a6400 and a7iv. Lens: 85mm 1.8 FE.

Full video at YouTube:

Thursday, October 20, 2022

World Bardo/ Bardo du monde

 World Bardo 


“Your mother often talks about your brother,” the doctor said during the teleconference last night. “How is he?”

“Votre mère parle souvent de votre frère….” a dit le médecin hier soir pendant un conference de téléphone. “Comment ça va, lui?”


Le bardo du monde/ The World Bardo

 #streetphoto #sony #Photos #Nightphoto. ヨンイン、韓国 . Yongin, South Korea. 용인에서. From the World Bardo series. This is a project I started several years ago and then shelved. But it seems worth restarting. Another title for it is The Underseen; what we dimly sense is happening in life when we experience a stopped moment … when experience alters, and dimensions of time seem to temporarily alter.


#streetphoto #sony #Photos #Nightphoto. ヨンイン、韓国 .  Yongin, Corée du Sud.  용인에서.  De la série World Bardo.  C'est un projet que j'ai commencé il y a plusieurs années et que j'ai ensuite abandonné.  Mais cela vaut la peine de recommencer.  Un autre titre pour cela est The Underseen;  ce que nous sentons faiblement se produire dans la vie lorsque nous vivons un moment arrêté… lorsque l'expérience change et que les dimensions du temps semblent changer temporairement.

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Automne en Corée/ Autumn in Korea/ 가을



#PhotoOfTheDay #sony #photo #PhotoMode #photography #사진 #Seoul #서울특별시 #ソウル . Seoul, South Korea. From the Seoulography series. 

Pour voir la vidéo/ To see video versions, here’s an example on YouTube:

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

서울/ Seoul


La danger des drones/ The Danger of Drones

#experimental #antiwar. 

#expérimental #antiguerre.


 L'ère de la guerre robotique est arrivée.  Curieusement, très peu d'artistes et de poètes semblent concernés.  Véritable indifférence ou incapacité à savoir comment réagir ?

 Clip ci-dessous.

 Vidéo complète sur YouTube :

Sunday, October 16, 2022

Sanmotongi Cafe/ 산모퉁이 카페

#산모통이기페 #서울푸경 #photo #photography #PhotoOfTheDay #seoul. The Sanmotongi Café. 

For a brief video on the cafe and its environs, explanatory video at YouTube:

Saturday, October 15, 2022

Noteworthy/ notamment

 « The Woman in the Wall » by Lynn Knight

La guerre contre le smog/ The War on Smog, continued

#climatechange #militarism #climatecrisis

We don’t want bad forces destroying our homelands. But is there a limit to what militaries can do to protect us? After all, untrammeled climate change also an existential threat…

Full video at YouTube:

Thursday, October 13, 2022

Yongin/ 용인에서


Thé War on Smog, part XI

#climatechange #militarism 

We don’t want bad forces destroying our homelands. But is there a limit to what militaries can do to protect us? After all, untrammeled climate change also poses an existential threat…

Full video at YouTube:

Childhood is remembered geographically/ On se souviens l’enfance par la géographie

#videopoetry. Clip from Childhood Is Remembered Geographically. Full video at YouTube: 

Peacedemic 4


Monday, October 10, 2022

Limited?/ Limitée?

 #nuclearweapons #nuclear #nuclearwar #tacticalnuke #strategicnuke #ukrainerussiawar #russiaukrainewar 

Clip 2: No one wants global nuclear war. But is a « small » nuclear war possible? Some recent news stories have suggested this is possible. Full video:

What are we heading toward? — videopoetry clip

Full video at YouTube:

Meat: New Cut

Meat: New Cut.

 Full video at YouTube: 

#videopoetry #militarism #hightechwar #weapons #antiwar.

Sunday, October 09, 2022

Sabotage de pont Kerch en Crimée


Tolstoy’s War and War

#ukrainerussiawar #russianaggression #militarism #crazyleaders #putinparanoid #biden

Full video at YouTube:

Pyotr Tolstoy, great great grandson of renowned novelist and humanitarian Leo Tolstoy, is a rabid warmonger. He’s also a member of the Russian parliament, the Duma. His violent rhetoric in turn raises questions about the psychological wellness of major power leaders generally.

Saturday, October 08, 2022

The Kerch Bridge: Sabotage?

# Ukraine #ukrainerussiawar #kerch #crimea #kerchbridge #russiaukrainewar #putin #putinbirthday

The Kerch Bridge between Crimea and the Russian mainland has just been seriously damaged. What’s next?

Wednesday, October 05, 2022

Who is Ramzan Kadyrov? 2

Who is Ramzan Kadyrov? #kadyrov #ukrainerussiawar #russia #chechen #chechnya #nuclearweapons #ukraine #geopolitics 

Clip from a brief bio of Chechen dictator Ramzan Kadyrov. Full video at YouTube: via @YouTube….

Tactical versus Strategic: Is Limited Nuclear War Possible?

#nuclearweapons #nuclear #nuclearwar #tacticalnuke #strategicnuke #ukrainerussiawar #russiaukrainewar #putin

No one wants global nuclear war. But is a « small » nuclear war possible? Some recent news stories have suggested this is possible. 

Full video at YouTube:

Le tchétchène Kadyrov et les armes nucléaires


Tuesday, October 04, 2022

Who is Ramzan Kadyrov?



Who is Ramzan Kadyrov? #kadyrov #ukrainerussiawar #russia #chechen #chechnya #nuclearweapons #ukraine #geopolitics 

Clip from a brief bio of Chechen dictator Ramzan Kadyrov. Full video at YouTube: via @YouTube….