Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Saturday, November 14, 2009

LIAR - Look I Am Reading

LIAR Eccentric City May 2009

LIAR - silent reading as psychogeographic intervention
Paul Conneally
Avignon Festival and Birmingham Bullring 2008
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Friday, November 13, 2009

Bottoms for Topshop

The latest iteration of SHOPPUTTING 'Bottoms for Topshop' involves placing clothes made for the bottom half of the body in branches of Topshop. Conneally has been stopped by security 4 times in the first two days of this piece and the police were called to attend twice. On both occaisions officers released him without charge whilst explaining to shop security that to place goods in a shop without permission is not against the law.

Bottoms for Topshop continues throughout November in branches of Topshop across the Midlands.
SHOPPUTTING is an ongoing work that sees Paul Conneally placing clothes, shoes and other goods in shops. It is the opposite of shoplifting. The goods are not for sale but have a label informing shoppers that if they like this article they can simply take it. The labels have messages or slogans on them (Conneally calls these poems) often coupled with images.

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Won't You Tell Me How To Mend This Broken Heart?

Won't You Tell Me How To Mend This Broken Heart?
Little Onion

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Changing Faces

Film by Kevin Ryan with sound track by Paul Conneally for Charnwood Arts 1999

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Create a (psychogeographic) map

Bard College is encouraging all students, professors, staff, artists, curators, and visitors of Bard College to create their own psychogeographic map of Bard.

"I assert that all institutions, towns, cities, countries must now re-map as widely as possible using psychogeographic methods. These methods will not be specified".

"Obey the process of fancy"

Paul Conneally
October 2009
From Bard:
Create a (psychogeographic) map
“The production of psychogeographic maps… can contribute to clarifying wanderings that express not subordination to randomness but complete insubordination to habitual influences.” (Guy Debord, Les Lèvres Nues No. 6, 1955)

Though, in the case of this “map,” habitual influences may be defined or defied from traditional definitions of contemporary art. Artists such as Andy Goldsworthy, Buckminster Fuller, Gordon Matta-Clark, Paul Conneally, Robert Smithson, Stewart Home, etc. redefined contemporary art in the environment surrounding us.

To notice the way in which certain areas, streets, or buildings resonate with states of mind, inclinations, and desires, and to seek out reasons for movement other than those for which an environment was designed.
In the case of this particular dérive and to develop a psychogeographic “map of contemporary art at Bard”, these states of mind, inclinations, and desires may originate from the psychological space of artists, curators, students, professors, staff, and visitors, all of who have a stake in contemporary art at Bard.

The definition of “contemporary art at Bard” can be loose and nebulous or strict and specific, relative to the psychogeographer’s perspective. While some may respond to the formal or aesthetic qualities of the geographical terrain, others may be compelled towards the public sculptures or interventions in nature. Concurrently, the act of this derive, its documentation, and its expression in sound recordings, photography, video, and graphic “map” making all constitute contemporary art. After all, what is contemporary art other than a document of immaterial ideas and concepts?

With this undefined definition and somewhat delineated purpose, the psychogeographer may begin his/her dérive.
There are no set guidelines for one’s dérive or exact methodology in contemporary psychogeography; however, one may draw upon a vast philosophical, political, and literary tradition of psychogeography, in “practitioners” have all documented their forays into psychogeography in a variety of formats. These formats have included books, essays, poems, photo essays, films, and, of course, maps – though these maps may seem nonrepresentational or nonsensical in the traditional geographic sense.
For more background on psychogeography, read here.

1) Conduct your own dérive. Read the guidelines outlined in Debord’s “Introduction to a Critique of Urban Geography” below. Find a site of departure and begin. Choose your own form(s) of documentation.
“The sudden change of ambiance in a street within the space of a few meters; the evident division of a city into zones of distinct psychic atmospheres; the path of least resistance that is automatically followed in aimless strolls (and which has no relation to the physical contour of the terrain); the appealing or repelling character of certain places — these phenomena all seem to be neglected. In any case they are never envisaged as depending on causes that can be uncovered by careful analysis and turned to account.”
2) Create paths of desire based on intuitive sites and terrains of attraction and repulsion. A path of desire is created by erosion caused by an animal/human footfall, usually representing the shortest or most easily navigated route between an origin and destination. The width and depth of the path represents the amount of demand and travel. The resulting map may represent subconscious or conscious desire for a personal lived/phenomenological experience versus the anonymous, predetermined mode of travel and lifestyle imposed by the structure (paved sidewalks, walkways, bridges, crossroads) of one’s environment. Record these new paths of desire on an existing map.
3) Use the walking tour created by artists Jason Grote & Karinne Keithley* and record your experience. Download the audio file to your personal listening device (or go to Then, choose one of the five paths below and follow the walking tour.
a. Once you have finished loading the audio onto your mp3 player, exit the nearest door. Take a right. Follow the instructions on your audio.
b. Walk towards a place that you find dangerous for whatever reason. Get as close as you can to this place without risking your personal safety. Without crossing whatever your own boundaries are, follow the instructions on the audio.
c. Extinguish all the lights wherever you are and lie down on the floor. In your imagination, follow the instructions on the audio.
d. Walk to a place you have never been but have always been curious about. Once there, follow the instructions on the audio.
e. Look at this graphic image, either on a screen or printed on paper, while you listen to the audio. Enter the world of the image and follow the instructions on the audio.

This is an open call to all students, professors, staff, artists, curators, and visitors of Bard College to create their own psychogeographical map of “contemporary art at Bard” and contribute to through any documentation/format they see fit.
To contribute your “map” to, just click here to add a post of your own.
There will also be a facilitated group dérive scheduled once per semester. Interested participants can e-mail
*CREDITS: Conceived, edited, produced, and directed by Karinne Keithley and Jason Grote, and performed by Jenny Seastone Stern. Written by Annie Nocenti, Amber Reed, Carlos Murillo, Drew Haxby, Elana Greenfield, Guy DeBord, Jason Grote, Jen Collins, Jennifer Dumpert, Jennifer Michael Hecht, Karinne Keithley, Leah Souffrant, Lorraine Martindale, Matthew Burgess, Mimi Lipson, Peggy Nelson, Rebecca Solnit, Susan L. Miller, and Walter Benjamin.
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Wednesday, September 30, 2009


8th Otober 2009
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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Little Miss Birdgirl

Hear Little Miss Birdgirl by clicking her image

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Pleasure is the Modern Substitute for Happiness

This video shows part of Mark Titchner's site specific performance piece 'Debating Society and Run' at Loughborough University May 28th 2009.

Paul Conneally

Sunday, May 24, 2009

She Devil

She Devil is a track by Little Onion . The video is a cut up and stick of various shots from Hitchcock's famous Psycho shower scene. Is it possible to watch that scene and not react differently somehow when taking a shower? Watching that film scene alters the way that we interact with the shower space.

Little Onion at LastFM

(free download at LastFm)

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Girl Gives Birth on School Playing Field

As part of work with the teenage pregnancy strategy team for Leicester I'm now looking to build on the discussion coming out of this 'shocking' video. Points already being brought forward are using the video to explore some of the sterotypical tabloid images of young people that are used within the video - would young people actually gather like this or would they call 999, fetch a teacher, be more supportive? The video could be used in many ways outside of its original and very sucessful use in prompting discussion around teenage pregnancy and the 'soap' drama episodes that will follow will continue the work.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Directive One - Dum Dum Dum featuring Lol Coxhill

Dum Dum Dum featuring Lol Coxhill

Dum Dum Dum

William Buchanan

Paul Conneally

Andy Fulks

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Summer Haze

Summer Haze Net Kasen Renku Summer Haze Net Kasen Renku regtucker Williiam J. Higginson is the Renga Master here in the making of the world's first losange shaped renku using a formal renga / renku schema that encompasses seasonal and topical positions. The renku is can be read vertically straight down or along diagonals and although not constructed to read horizontally it can be and some have done so. The poets are William J Higginson, Peggy Willis Lyles and Paul Conneally.

Summer Haze was a piece I was lucky to work with Bill Higginson and Peggy Willis Lyles on. It's only now that Bill's death is really sinking in. Over the years he was a great supporter of and teacher to me. This piece is one that I still feel proud to have been part of making - it's still fresh and the form is interesting throwing up the possibility of many different ways of reading.

Monday, March 09, 2009

Personality Disorder Warning

Oracle Reprocessed Stewart Home (ORACLE RSH ) has revealed to a listener some information about personality disorders in Coventry.
The area of Coventry and the West Midlands has been identified as a giant sump for negative psychological energy.

This has led to there being a number of what researchers are calling 'Sad Buildings' and 'Depressive Topological Features' such as hillocks, roads and roundabouts. This effect has been called 'THE GODIVA SYNDROME'.

If you have detected any of these please share their whereabouts as comments here or at ORACLE RSH so that they can be mapped.
Keep safe out there.

Sunday, March 08, 2009