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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 http://www.last.fm/label/Common+Culture), 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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