Monday, June 29, 2015

Wave Cabinet by Sebastian Errazuriz

Wave from Sebastian Errazuriz Studio on Vimeo.

This is an amazing piece of sculptural furniture from Sebastian Errazuriz.

His studio page describes him thus:

Sebastian Errazuriz is a New York based Artist and Designer. Tackling everything from political arworks to giant public art projects, from functional sculptures to experimental furniture, from women’s shoes to racing motorcycles. Sebastian Errazuriz explores the border between the sculptural, symbolic and functional qualities of both art and design.

Find out more about Sebastian here: Sebastian Errazuriz Studio

Monday, June 22, 2015

The Act of the Spartan Boy (excerpt) - Stuart Layton

The Act of the Spartan Boy (Exceprt) from Stuart Layton on Vimeo.

"The Act of the Spartan Boy is a new film by Stuart Layton (born in Walsall, lives in Malvern, UK). The title was found on the internet but is fitting as the film draws on Stuart’s memories of growing up in the Black Country. However, this is not a linear narrative. The film is constructed of both shot and found footage and both written and found texts.

The viewer cannot settle as scale and viewpoint continually alter and the screen size constantly changes. The sound incorporates both Stuart’s vocal contributions with what sounds like an absurd commentary by a TV or radio presenter.

As the film gathers intensity, a pulsating sound based on the Taos Hum ramps up the tension. (A strange humming was heard by inhabitants of Taos, New Mexico. Despite scientific interventions, there has never been a clear explanation for the humming, which has since been heard in other places, notably in Cradley Heath). Sometimes funny, sometimes touching, at others sinister,

Stuart offers a complex and layered exploration of time, memory and history where seemingly random recollections, both real and imagined, collide and conflict."

Text is from the web catalogue for the show Small Worlds (May to September 2015) at The New Art Gallery, Walsall, UK where the full version of The Act of the Spartan Boy film is featured

Small Worlds - New Art Gallery Walsall

Small Worlds

21 May - 6 September 2015

Floor 3

Today, we live in a fluid culture where, within our towns and cities, different languages are spoken, different cultures and religions prevail and we can consume materials and goods from throughout the world. TV, the Internet, advertising and new technologies bring the whole of the world to our doorstep. High streets are becoming more generic with local distinctions and characteristics becoming increasingly obscure.

The artists in this exhibition focus their attention on the urban environment. Their work allows us to reflect on a variety of considerations. How do we understand the concept of the local within an increasingly globalised context? What impact does the transformation of our local environment have on our identity and our communities? For some artists, Walsall provides a focus for a consideration of the impact of social and economic change in those areas on the periphery of our major towns and cities.

Participating artists include AirSpace Gallery (Andrew Branscombe, Anna Francis, Glen Stoker), Graham Chorlton,
Rita Donagh, Richard Forster, Cameron Galt, Andreas Gefeller, Naiza Khan, Stuart Layton, Lucy McLauchlan,
Laura Oldfield Ford, Mark Power and Rashid Rana.

Many of the works selected are from Walsall's Permanent Collection including an international collection of works on the theme of the modern metropolis jointly acquired by The New Art Gallery Walsall and Birmingham Museums Trust, in partnership with Ikon Gallery, and with the support of the Art Fund through Art Fund International.

Join Head of Exhibitions and curator of Small Worlds, Deborah Robinson for an informal tour of the exhibition. 
Just drop in!

Image credit:  Rashid Rana, Language Series 3, 2011, lightjet print + DIASEC, 270 x 360cm. Presented by the Art Fund under Art Fund International for joint ownership by The New Art Gallery Walsall and Birmingham Museums Trust, 2013. Image courtesy of the artist and Lisson Gallery.  

Saturday, June 20, 2015

SKEP Hive Mind - Anne-Marie Culhane and Paul Conneally

SKEP HIVE MIND - Anne-Marie Culhane and Paul Conneally Loughborough University Fruit Routes

hive mind

Performative, Participative, Collaborative Installation
Anne-Marie Culhane and Paul Conneally
Fruit Routes Loughborough University
Took place on: 18th June 2015

We share our lives with and our very existence depends on the bees - a keystone species in the natural world.

Building on the tradition of Telling the Bees, where beekeepers informed the bees of significant events in their communities or lives, people were invited to share something of their personal thoughts on community, cooperation and the future of our relationship with the ecological community (animals, insects, plants).

"Speak out loud

Share your thoughts in silence

Write in the book"

Culhane & Conneally 2015

Monday, June 15, 2015

Anne-Marie Culhane on Art as Collaboration

Click the above to listen to Anne-Marie Culhane in convervasion with Rob Hopkins talk about art as collaboration and her wider work.

Anne-Marie Culhane during Fruit Routes at Loughborough University Photo: Paul Conneally

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Wet Weekend

wet weekend
the garden centre fills
with resentment

Paul Conneally
June 2015

World's First Splacist Training Camp - Birmingham 2011

What Are The Splacists? The World’s First Splacist Training Camp
Conceived and led by splacist Nikki Pugh with Hannah Nicklin at MADE Birmingham November 30th 2011 with Paul Conneally in attendance.

A group of artists and architects make and use the camp as a base to interogate Splacist Manifesto 2.0 planning and then undertaking direct actions on the streets of Birmingham.

Later they meet with others on the rooftop of a multistorey carpark in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter to experience DUST a splacist work by Hannah Nicklin and Nikki Pugh.

splacist (splā sĭst)
A contemporary mode of practice proposed by Paul Conneally. A new set of ideologies defined by Hannah Nicklin and Nikki Pugh. A hop, skip and a jump away from phsychogeography and the works of the situationist international. Think space, place and splice.


Pecha Kucha Coventry | Vol 8 | Paul Conneally from MINDRIOT PRODUCTIONS on Vimeo.

Artist and Cultural Forager, Paul Conneally, talks in Coventry, UK, on his psychogeography / splacist exporation in partnership with artists Nikki Pugh and Kev Ryan 'INIVIGILATOR : DERBY'.

 Invigilator Derby Paul Conneally Kev Ryan Nikki Pugh psychogeography splacist

Photo: Kev Ryan

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Soar Valley Netball Centre

Soar Valley Netball Centre - Leicester UK

The Soar Valley Netball Centre is the first of its kind in the Leicestershire region and offers two high-quality covered courts with spectator areas that can be used all year round.

Paul Conneally
June 11 2015

Friday, June 12, 2015

Surveillance - Paul Conneally 2008

still from 'Surveillance' Paul Conneally 2008

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

The piece features the text of a poem which 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.

The soundtrack contains backmasked material that may reveal hidden messages to some listeners.

Producer Paul Conneally
Audio/Visual sound, color
Language English


Camera: Paul Conneally
Sound: Paul Conneally
Starring: Harry Palmer

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Bees + Moths + Trees + People

Open and Shut
Artists Anne-Marie Culhane and Paul Conneally
Photograph: Christopher Mear

Now gearing up for Fruit Routes Summer 2015 'Bees + Moths + Trees + People' on Wednesday 17th June 2015 - it's free!

Friday, June 05, 2015

Horse Chestnut Tree in Flower

reading your letter
under a horse chestnut tree
thirteen small rabbits

Paul Conneally
Ilam, Peak District, UK
May 30 2015