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Paul Rooney

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Paul Rooney was born in Liverpool in 1967 and attended Edinburgh College of Art. From 1998 to 2000 he released three albums as the band ‘Rooney’ (see, featuring in John Peel’s Festive Fifty in 1998, as well as recording a session for the show a year later. Since then he has continued to make sound, video and text works as commissions or during residencies at places such as Dundee Contemporary Arts/University of Dundee VRC; Proyecto Batiscafo, Cuba; Tate Liverpool; and Oxford University/Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne.

Rooney was included in ‘British Art Show 6’ which toured around the UK in 2005-2006, and has shown in group exhibitions and screenings at Tate Britain, Whitechapel Gallery, and the ICA, London; Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid; Kunst-Werke, Berlin; National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh; Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville; and Tate Liverpool. Text artworks by Paul have been published by Serpent’s Tail and Whitechapel Gallery/MIT Press, and a collection of his short fiction, ‘Dust and Other Stories’, was published by Akerman Daly/Aye Aye Books in 2012. 

Other projects include a solo show at Matt’s Gallery, London; a 12” red vinyl record broadcast on BBC Radio 1 and BBC 6 Music; and a site-specific sound ‘lecture’ for Leeds Metropolitan University and Sound and Music. Paul was the winner of the second Northern Art Prize in 2008.

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