Artist Talk with Paul Rooney
We were joined for an evening with Paul Rooney, Berwick Visual Arts and Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival new artist in residence.
Artist Paul Rooney creates film, sound and text works that focus on the instabilities and deceptions of language and narrative, particularly in relation to how they represent ‘place’ and the historical memory that haunts it.
Originally from Liverpool, Paul studied at Edinburgh College of Art. From 1998 to 2000 he released three music albums as the band ‘Rooney’, featuring in John Peel’s Festive Fifty as well as recording a session for the show. Since then he has continued to make sounds, videos and texts with recent solo exhibitions at the Liverpool Biennial, Outpost Norwich and screenings at the ICA and Whitechapel Gallery in London.
At the event Paul screened previous film works and discussed the work he developed during his residency in Berwick-upon-Tweed.
Berwick Visual Arts and Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival’s joint 2015 residency provided the opportunity for an artist working with moving image to focus intensively on a project for six months while responding to the 2015 festival theme of ‘Fact or Fiction’.
The work produced during the residency was premiered at Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival which took place between 23-27 September 2015.
Image: Paul Rooney, La Décision Doypack, 2008 (16mm film still)