Thursday, March 31, 2016

'The Don Juan Deli' Moving On - Involuntary Painting 2 New Parks : New York

This map shows the transposed location of New York's 'Don Juan Deli' from Forsyth Street in New York to New Parks in Leicester.

It's location in New Parks was discovered by the Creative New Parks Group walking out with artist Paul Conneally from New Parks Centre Library following the directions given to them by New York artist, Brad Melamed, from his home in New York to the Don Juan Deli.

The Don Juan Deli is at the site of a ventilation tower for the now disused Glenfield Tunnel which was only the second such railway tunnel ever built on a passenger line. It was designed by the famous railway engineer George Stephenson and built between 1829–32 under the supervision of his son Robert.

This ventilation tower is now named 'The Don Juan Deli' and will feature on the new map of New Parks coming out of 'Moving On - Involuntary Painting 2 New Parks : New York' by artists Millree Hughes (New York) and Paul Conneally (Loughborough).

Here's Christine Blackmore working on the map in New Parks Centre Library:

'Moving On - Involuntary Painting 2 New Parks : New York' is a work by artists Millree Hughes (New York) and Paul Conneally (Loughborough) with and for Soft Touch Arts, Leicester City Council and Arts Council England.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Robert Rauschenberg's Studio - New Parks, Leicester

'Robert Rauschenberg's Studio - Charnor Road, New Parks, Leicester'

As part of artists Millree Hughes (New York) and Paul Conneally's (Loughborough) work 'Moving On - Involuntary Painting 2 New Parks : New York' a group of New Park's residents set off with Conneally from New Parks Centre Library to find Robert Rauschenberg's New York Studio in New Parks.

They follow the directions, lefts, rights and straight overs, sent to them by New York artist Brad Melamed of the walk from his apartment building in New York to Rauschenberg's building in New York.

After a brief altercation with road workers on New Parks Way the group finally locate Rauschenberg's studio, a bus shelter on Charnor Road, almost opposite Forest Lodge Education Centre. They have their photograph taken standing in the studio.

Robert Rauschenberg's Studio (rear view) New Parks, Leicester

The bus shelter is now a work of public art and will be labelled as such:

'Robert Rauschenberg's Studio'
Millree Hughes - Paul Conneally - Brad Melamed
The Creative New Parks Group
March 2016

The artists encourage you to visit the work, have your photograph taken in it, catch a bus.

'Moving On - Involuntary Painting 2 New Parks : New York' is a project led by artists Millree Hughes and Paul Conneally with and for Soft Touch Arts, Leicester City Council and Arts Council England

The Rushes Rotunda - Leicester

The Rushes Rotunda - Loughborough

I've never really noticed Rushes Rotunda before, we'll never in a positive way, until today.

As I make my way from the outside upper tier of the The Rushes car park towards Marks & Spencer suddenly the Rotunda speaks to me. It's not tall like Birmingham's Rotunda and is devoid of ornamentation save for a a security alarm labelled 'SMS', a couple of CCTV cameras and a text message on the glass above the door:

passenger lifts to
lower ground floor
car park

which might just pass as a text based poetic ' involuntary painting' at a push.

I don't feel tempted to enter although I might next time I'm here, specifically to try and access the upper floor which I presume is at the moment just for service access, the elevator mechanism, but must give a view of Loughborough not often seen, across the roofs of this small shopping mall and across the town itself.

Generally disappointed with my excursions through and into The Rushes, the Pound Shop reading glasses display a welcome diversion, today somehow, someway it feels different.

Maybe it's the spring breeze working its magic.

shopping for nothing
a hanging basket
of purple faced pansies

Little Onion
March 2016

Paul Conneally

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Friday, March 25, 2016

Good Friday - Paul Conneally and Debra Woolard Bender 5-8-00

linked poems created via electronic mail

Good Friday
a *loaforenga
Paul Conneally & Debra Woolard Bender

Good Friday
breakfast of hot cross buns 
on a cracked plate

pretty waitress - - the young vicar spills tea
wet warmth spreads through a brown tweed suit
soiled pyjamas thrown under the bed
potty full of flowers by the front door
seed packets on tongue depressors
ice lolly stick stuck in the drain
slow van trailing music and children
the neighbour's boy plays tin-can soccer
jersey and cleats in moth balls
six butterflies on the Lilac tree
garden wedding - - bride's mother wipes away tears

the taste of salt 
between two lovers 
fine times and foul
even the sea brings gifts 
to storm ravaged shores

a turtle buries her eggs in the dune
plastron - - future past written on shells
the milkman consults his book of changes
hanging on the wall - - no green bottles
baskets of pansies sway in the wind
this way and that - - a weathercock spins
cop on point duty waves to his dad
rail commuters race the whistle
marathon runners going through pain
quick ladders up her nylon hose
finding this time easier than the last

primary exam 
division problems solved 
on five fingers

Loaforenga Instructions & History
The Loaforenga is a new-form renga. Hybrenga (hybrid renga)is the concept of combining several Asian verse forms into one renga-style poem. The Loaforenga hybrenga combines 4 verse forms, in one 5-sectioned poem: 

(1)Lorenga, (1)Forenga (2)haiku, (1)tanka

The hybrenga concept and Loaforenga form were created by Debra Woolard Bender and Paul Terence Conneally in April 2000. 

The Lorenga is a new-form renga created by ai li as shown on her website, "still." We have used the Lorenga to form part of the structure of our "Lost and Found" (Lo-a-fo-renga hybrenga. Paul created the Forenga as our counterpoint to the Lorenga form. 

The Loaforenga is most suitable for 2 or 3 players although bigger groups could play. The theme of the Lorenga's last line must be loss. The theme of the Forenga's last line must be something found. The Loaforenga follows the traditional renga linking rules throughout the entire poem. 

The form for two players is as follows:
Haiku/ A
Lorenga/ BABABABABAB (11 one liners/ last line refers to "loss") 
Tanka/ AAA BB 
Forenga/ ABABABABABA (11 one liners/ last line refers to "finding") 
Haiku/ B
The form for three players is:

Haiku/ A
Lorenga/ BCABCABCABC (11 one liners/ last line refers to "loss") 
Tanka/ BBBAA
Forenga/ CABCABCABCA (11 one liners/ last line refers to "finding") 
Haiku/ C

Poetry � Paul Terence Conneally (UK) and Debra Woolard Bender (USA)

ai li's 'New Linked Forms' has explanations and examples of a large number of new linked forms with guidelines - all of them are suitable for connecting and creating with others around the world via electronic mail or by connecting in the chemically coded world perhaps around the kitchen table or in the park...

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

New Portraits from the 'New Parks Involuntary Painting Bus ShelterPhoto Booth'

'Dazzo, Sally and Sienna'



All the photographs were taken on Monday March 21st 2016 by Paul Conneally as the Moving On Involuntary Painting 2 New Parks : New York group made its way back from finding Robert Rauschenberg's New York studio in New Parks, Leicester following in the transposed footsteps of New York artist Brad Melamed. The work is part of Conneally's ongoing collaboration with New York artist Millree Hughes with and for Arts Council England, Soft Touch Arts and Leicester City Council.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Fast Messengers 飛脚 (hikyaku)

  • Japanese: 飛脚 (hikyaku)
  • Hikyaku were couriers or messengers active in the medieval and early modern periods, who transported currency, letters, packages, and the like. In the Edo period, the network of hikyaku messengers expanded dramatically, and also became more organized and systematized.

    Sando hikyaku (三度飛脚) traveled the Tôkaidô three times a month, and were generally employed by shogunate officials in Osaka and Kyoto to communicate with the shogunatein Edo. The messengers made use of horses made ready at post towns along the way - in theory, three horses ready and available at any given time - to ensure they would always have a fresh horse and thus the ability to travel more quickly.

    The same term, sando hikyaku, was also used to refer to an independent network of messengers (i.e. not working directly for the shogunate) who operated commercially in transporting messages and goods along the Tôkaidô, beginning around 1664. These commercial messengers were also known as jô bikyaku in Edo, and junban hikyaku in Kyoto, and operated out of roughly 86 establishments in Kyoto and at least nine in Osaka, with branch operations in Edo, and roughly twenty post-stations along the route. A much smaller group of messenger operators, known as jôge hikyaku (上下飛脚) or rokkumi hikyaku (六組飛脚) were based in Edo, and specialized in transporting materials for provincial daimyô. The Kyoto/Osaka-based messengers soon expanded their business, establishing routes connecting those cities with Tanba and Harima provinces, and with major provincial cities such as Sendai, Nagasaki, Kanazawa, and Fukui. Each company ran on a different schedule, generally sending and receiving messengers three times every ten days; a manager called a sairyo oversaw operations and took responsibility for the safety of packages.

    The shogunate also operated a network of messengers along all five major highways (the Gokaidô) called tsugi hikyaku (継飛脚), to convey official messages to shogunate and daimyô domains. Horses were kept ready at stations called tsugitate, spaced roughly eight kilometers apart, for use by the messengers.

    Some of the most powerful daimyô maintained their own messenger networks, called daimyô hikyaku or shichi-ri-hikyaku, as these networks generally had horses ready every seven ri (shichi-ri). The two most prominent daimyô who maintained such networks were the Gosanke Tokugawa branch families based in Wakayama and Nagoya. Messengers in the service of Wakayama han left Edo on the 5th, 15th, and 25th of each month, and left Wakayama on the 10th, 20th, and 30th.

    All in all, the time it took to convey messages from Osaka to Edo or vice versa, across 500 km, settled into a standard of six days by the end of the 17th century; in the 18th century, as the economy boomed and road and river traffic increased, delays due to congestion and other factors increased as well, and what once took six days now more frequently took ten or twelve. Meanwhile, however, commercial messenger services sought ways to cut down their times, and soon haya hikyaku (quick messengers) were making the journey in five, four, or as little as three and a half days, gaining time by running at night, and by making stops at fewer stations. In the 19th century, messengers somehow managed to cut the time even further, making the journey in as little as two days. However, these super express services were quite expensive, costing as much as four, or even eight or nine ryô for three-and-a-half day delivery of a message.

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    Monday, March 07, 2016

    Curating - Moving On Involuntary Painting 2 New Parks : New York

    Above: New Walk Museum and Art Gallery staff hanging the Leicester 2016 Open Exhibition

    Today the Moving On Involuntary Painting New Parks : New York group explored the art of curation and putting an exhibition on with a visit to Soft Touch Arts and New Walk Museum and Art Gallery in Leicester.

    The group had illuminating talks from Vince Atwood and Lewis Buttery from Soft Touch Arts and Lisa Jaques at New Walk Museum and Art Gallery. Both venues had jointly hosted the Generation Art exhibition. Vince had been part of the selection panel for the national project and Lewis and Lisa had been part of the curation of it in Leicester. It had previously been hung at The Turner Gallery in Margate and Lewis along with some other young people decided how to hang the works in Leicester.


    Above:Vince Atwood of Soft Touch Arts

    Above:Lewis Buttery of Soft Touch Arts talks about curating the Generation Art Exhibition

    Above: Lisa Jaques of New Walk Museum and Art Gallery talks about curation

    The MOIP2NPNY group are thinking about curation as they intend to put an exhibition on as part of the current project which includes mapping and re-siting locations in New Parks from New York and vice versa mediated by involuntary paintings and psychogeography / splacist methodologies.

    Paul Conneally and Millree Hughes
    March 7 2016

    Saturday, March 05, 2016

    Tom Green - Musician

    Musician Tom Green at The Welcome Trust, Euston Road, London

    Was great to meet up with Tom and discuss future projects together.

    We are already working on a new track and exploring longer term collaborations reigniting the synergy that the we had when playing together in the legendary UK post-punk band Dum Dum Dum, favourites of Henry Rollins, Andrew Weatherall, Julian Cope amongst others.

    In the meantime check out A Good Place To Be another ambient classic from Another Fine Day.

    Paul Conneally
    London 2016

    Wednesday, March 02, 2016

    Throwing A Wave

    walking past the cob shop
    on Aikman Avenue
    Claire who works there
    throws me a wave

    Paul Conneally
    New Parks, Leicester
    February 29th 2016