Tuesday, November 25, 2008

the banana links

excerpts from
the banana links
paul conneally
in some ways the haiku today resembles the potato
before blight brought famine to ireland
edible haiku are sterile mutants
new varieties cannot easily be produced by natural methods
a haiku a day prevents a deficiency
which might increase the risk of stroke
haiku a substitute for sweets and satisfy sugar cravings
your hands can benefit from haiku as well
each haiku wrapped in foil and sold for a dime
'the banana links' are a dadaesque experiment
to see how truths about haiku might reveal themselves
through the manipulation of texts on or about bananas

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Cubist Dad

Cubist Dad

Cubist D(e)ad End

Conneally & Conneally 2008

Monday, October 20, 2008

Beautiful Flowers

"Convert or we will kill you" is the stark message to fleeing Christians in the Indian state of Orissa.

Hindu lynch mobs threaten to burn Christians' houses and babies unless they become Hindu.

Violence has been growing since the killing of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati on 23 August.

The VHP appear to be supporting the lynchings.

rainy season
beautiful flowers ride
the town drain

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Friday, June 06, 2008

Anti-Energy Drink

"From design to production, every aspect of this calming drink was inspired by today’s popular hip hop artists who embrace the much sought-after hip hop lifestyle that encourages people to capture a stress-free state of mind."
'The anti-energy drink we're calling the extreme relaxation beverage.'

The drink's tagline is "slow your roll." So if that's something you need to do, keep your eye out. Drank will be hitting stores in New York soon and no doubt a waiting world soon after.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Renga Bandstand


Poet / Artist Paul Conneally works with passers by in Loughborough's Queens Park to turn the 1908 bandstand into a Renga Bandstand. The bandstand rather than being a 'renga platform' in the sense that the renga was written on it became the focal space for the 'passer-by renga' - the master-poet engaging with passers by and encouraging them to read the verses gone before (each one as written attached to the bandstand) and write the next link and shift verse. A knitting group with their knitted picnic were invited to sit and knit in the bandstand and a morris dancer band too. The renga bandstand was strung with poems from the ongoing project 'The Sound of Water' and the renga built itself up around the outside rails of the bandstand. Here it is at the end of the day as things were calming down.

Jemma Bagley of Charnwood Arts co-ordinated the work.

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Theraputic Gardening with Richard Clare

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Organic gardening guru Richard Clare in conversation with Paul Conneally talks about allotments in the 21st century. How it’s not really about growing cheap food but more about lifestyle and gardening as therapy.
This was recorded during the preparation for Abundance in Richard’s greenhouse on his Sheffield allotment.
This was the greenhouse that played host to the poets who wrote Circle of Fire – the first renga ramble – and Richard was such a good host!

Sunday, April 06, 2008


'Surveillance' comes out of INVIGILATOR : DIGBETH the 5th in the INVIGILATOR series conceived by artists Paul Conneally, Nikki Pugh and Kev Ryan.

The poem is a direct transcript taken by Paul Conneally as he heard it of INVIGILATOR : DIGBETH participant artist Harry Palmer in the discussion workshop which formed part of INVIGILATOR : DIGBETH and took place after the Invigilators had returned to VIVID art gallery in the heart of Birmingham's Digbeth area.

The sound track is made from a snippet of Harry saying the word ' surveillance ' combined with the ambient sounds of the VIVID space that the artist led discussion was taking place in.

WARNING! The soundtrack of Surveillance contains backmasked material - hidden messages.


Friday, April 04, 2008

Emotion Grids

Another aspect of Invigilator:Digbeth are the 'emotion grids' that participants were asked to fill in when at the work place. I spent some time last night looking at these and the accompanying emotional words list - a list of emotionally related words that participants could circle if they felt applied to them at the time - as many as they wanted to circle or not.
One group posted a filled in Emotion Grid through the letterbox of the building 'Good For Wood' (which sounds like a good title for a porno movie) and pasted another on the building itself.

Harry Palmer's Emotion Grid fell into the canal and floated off.
Those that I have been able to look at will I'm sure soon tell me something.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Invite Boredom

Listening to the Invigilator:Digbeth discussion I was struck by oblique and direct references to boredom - the gallery invigilator's job being referred to as sometimes boring.

When transposed to an outside space where the invigilator has to stand or sit and simply 'watch over' then the space and the action of simply watching over it sets up an interaction that is boring in such a way that it can transcend boredom if we let it... The space becoming bored of the invigilator throws up new facets new resonances between it and the 'watcher over' the 'invigilator'.

A couple of Invigilator:Digbeth participants said that they found the invigilating very zen like - another not at all - the invigilating passed-by with a contrived doing - a counting of and classification of vehicles passing through the invigilated space. Such actions are invoked by the space itself as it is watched over - after all it was only chance that the space invigilated happened to have cars passing through it - this counting this classifying borne out of the possibility of boredom.

"INVITE BOREDOM" - paul conneally 2008

Sunday, March 30, 2008

invigilators - digbeth

Originally uploaded by Nikki Pugh
Here's a picture that Nikki took of the Invigilators before they set off on their walk to work as part of Invigilator : Digbeth.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Most successful on-line art shopping service in the world

Tesco.Com is the most successful on–line art shopping service in the world. Sales continued to grow strongly in the year - up by 31.9%, to reach almost £1 billion. Profit increased by 54.9% to £56.2 million.

What is remarkable about our on–line business is the diversity of customers using it, from busy urban families to people in rural communities.

It has also allowed many house–bound people to shop for art properly for the first time.In south east London where we have fewer stores and some that are exceptionally busy, we have developed a tesco.com–only store.

It is situated at 25-26 Mason’s Yard (Off Duke Street) St. James’s London SW1Y 6BU. This enables us to offer this service to more customers and builds on our existing capability as the warehouse is designed like a Tesco superstore inside.

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Saturday, March 01, 2008

Rolls Hot Rolls

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hot rolls


lean unfrozen

ground meat



regular Pepsi



orange drinks


hot rolls

Brown 'n' Serve


of biscuits

(at least six)

hamburger buns

pickles potatoes

and onions


fresh fruits

cans of sauerkraut


at least three
bottles of milk

and 1/2 & 1/2


lean bacon




cold orange juice


to be made

each night


for meat loaf

and sauce


to be made

each night


vanilla and chocolate

shredded coconut

fudge cookies

Spearmint Doublemint

Juicy Fruit - three each


El Producto

Diamond Tips & Altas



Super Anahist

Contac, Sucrets

(antibiotic red box)

Feenamint gum


four to five


rolls hot rolls’ is a poem found by paul conneally in a shopping list at graceland

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Sunday, February 24, 2008

Tesco Alcohol and Young people

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Changing Landscapes

Attended the launch of Changing Landscapes pamphlet yesterday in Kings Norton at the 3 Kings Cafe - this short video by Little Onion was also shown:
Check out this video: Changing Landscapes - Walk the Line

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Saturday, February 09, 2008

Paul Finds Employment

Artist Joshua Sofaer gives poet / artist Paul Conneally a 1910 map of Sheffield and sends him out on the streets to find employment.