Choice blogs From Artists Talking
Paul Conneally’s Shopputting blog caught my attention for the comedy touch he adopts when it comes to poetic, soft-core guerrilla tactics. Whatever Conneally engages with, he does so within the law (almost… I am sure there is some anti-trespassing law that he is breaking by depositing goods in shops).
Still, his is an authority-tickling, uncomfortable hand-holding humour which is expanded upon in his other blog and collaborative project Invigilator: Digbeth, whereby Conneally and his colleagues benignly ‘invigilate’ the street.
Both of these projects/interventions fill in a gap that we didn’t want to be reminded was there.
As with most ideologies/institutions whose practices suit us, our complicity is cringeful to acknowledge, especially when you are shopping. I wonder how people feel when they walk out of a shop with something ‘free’. Embarrassed and defiant? Weird! Conneally’s goods carry the slogan “Shopputting, Another Way of Giving”.
I feel like he tows a line between institutional critique and a saucy curiosity in people.
‘Giving something of himself – along with ‘the finger’ perhaps.’