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Paul Rooney: La Décision Doypack 23 April–15 June 2008 | Publications



Paul Rooney | La Décision Doypack, 2008
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Paul Rooney La Décision Doypack, 2008 (16mm film still)
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Paul Rooney La Décision Doypack, 2008 (16mm film still)
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Paul Rooney La Décision Doypack, 2008 (16mm film still)

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For his first exhibition at Matt’s Gallery, and first solo exhibition in London, Paul Rooney has made a new 27 minute film shot on 16mm, La Décision Doypack (2008), co-commissioned by Matt’s Gallery and the Loughborough University Radar programme. A further new commission entitled Failing That (2008), with images and a text written by the artist, will feature in the gallery publication, which is free to visitors throughout the exhibition.

These works approach the subject of historical memory. Exploring the way in which history only properly exists if it is actively recalled in the present, but also how flawed that recollection can be, the works ultimately reveal the comedy and melancholy involved in attempting to represent the past in art.

Both works take politically charged historical moments as starting points and involve real events in their fictional construction. La Décision Doypack is inspired by a real web memoir by retired Australian food-packaging company manager Mackenzie J Gregory, who remembers walking the night-time streets of Paris during the events of May 1968. Failing That uses a moment from an actual documentary about Chile from the mid-eighties, in which an adolescent boy gives a public speech after the death of his father Manuel Guerrero, who had been killed by the military junta.

It is partly because of this connection with real life and real events, events that involve revolutionary turmoil or profound injustice, that the imaginative confabulation and formal artifice of the works themselves is thrown into relief, underlining the pathos and absurdity of our attempts to do justice to the past.

There will be timed screenings of La Décision Doypack on the hour and at half past the hour, from midday until 6pm, Wednesday to Sunday. No booking required.

La Décision Doypack will also be shown at Loughborough University 12-26 May 2008, please visit www.lboro.ac.uk/radar www.lboro.ac.uk/radar for further details.



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Biography
Born Liverpool 1967 Studied 1986-1991 MA Fine Art and BA Painting Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh Solo Exhibitions and Projects 2006-07 Lucy Over Lancashire, BBC Radio Lancashire, Radio 1, 6 Music, BBC Cymru and Resonance FM 2004 Know Your Place, firstsite, Colchester 2003 There Are Two Paths, off-site performance, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, Meadow Gallery, Shropshire and Birmingham ArtsFest; Songs and Routines, Reg Vardy Gallery, University of Sunderland 2002 The NWRA Variety Night, Cubitt Gallery, London 1999 Rooney 'Peel Session' John Peel Show, BBC Radio 1FM Group Exhibitions and Projects 2007 Cine y Casi Cine, Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid; Locale - British Artists in Residence, 1a Space, Hong Kong; Nachtschicht, Kulturzentrum K4, Nürnberg, Germany; Women at the Crossroads of Ideologies screening, Stara Gradska Vijenica, Split, Croatia; 2006 Single Shot, Tate Britain and other London venues, touring to fourteen other cities in the UK and Europe; TV Ergo Sum, PULSAR 2006, Galeria de Arte Nacional, Caracas, Venezuela; Walk On, Salon Vogue, Shanghai Biennial; Work in Progress, Freunde der Deutschen Kinemathek, Kino Arsenal, Berlin 2005 Variety, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea; British Art Show 6, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester; Angel Row Annex at Beatties, Nottingham; and Arnolfini, Bristol 2004 Pass the Time of Day, Gasworks Gallery, London, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham, Castefield Gallery, Manchester and Collective Gallery, Edinburgh; Shrinking Cities, Kunst-Werke, Berlin 2003 Let Us Take You There, Site Gallery, Sheffield, and Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool; You Are At Home Here, Lokaal 01, Breda, Netherlands; We Go Round and Round in the Night and are Consumed by Fire, Comme Cá Gallery, New York; Fragmentos, Galeria Casa Gaia, Havana, Cuba; Electric Earth, a British Council show, touring to The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Radio Laboratory Museum, Nizhni Novgorod, Yaroslavl Museum of Fine Art, Yaroslav, Na Solyanke Gallery, Moscow, and venues in Lithuania, Yugoslavia, Turkey, South America 2002 Shopping (as Common Culture), Tate Liverpool; Palestine International Video Festival, Birzeit University, Qamariyeh Gallery and various venues, West Bank, Palestine; Mappin Open, Mappin Gallery, Sheffield; 2001 Merry Movement, Laforet Museum Harajuku, Tokyo 2000 Pixelvision, Royal Museum Of Scotland, Edinburgh, Lost and Found, Amsterdam, Red/Hull Time Based Arts, Waygood Gallery, Newcastle, Catalyst Arts, Belfast, B16, Birmingham, Dick Institute, Kilmarnock, First Floor, Melbourne 1999 My Eye Hurts, Thread Waxing Space, New York; Perspective 99, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast; EAST International (as Common Culture), Norwich Gallery, NSAD, Norwich

 

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Bibliography
Selected Publications and Catalogues 2007 Lucy Over Lancashire: The Puma Pumps Prophecy (with David Mackintosh) in Our Comic Book, (Eds) Chennell, Dominic & Brimfield, Mel, Revolver Books 2006 Towards the Heavenly Void, in The Alpine Fantasy of Victor B and Other Stories, (Eds) Akerman, Jeremy & Daly Eileen; Serpent's Tail Publishers; Paul Rooney: Got Up Late the other Day, Bracewell, Michael, Doherty, Claire & Lucas, Annabel, firstsite Gallery and Cornerhouse Publishers 2005 British Art Show 6, Fraquahrson, Alex, Schleiker, Andrea & Mahony, Emma, Hayward Gallery Publishing touring exhibition catalogue; From Audéoud to Zhao Bandi, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (Off-site projects catalogue); Shrinking Cities, Volume 1 - International Research, Oswalt, Philipp & Cantz Verlag, Hatje, Broschiert Publishers (catalogue) 2004 Stellar 11 (fanzine profile of Paul Rooney), Osbaldeston, David, Issue 11 winter/spring; Pass the Time of Day, Rooney, Paul & Bracewell, Michael, Gasworks Gallery, London (catalogue); Transmission: Speaking and Listening Volume 3, (Eds) Kivland, Sharon, Sanderson, Lesley & Cocker, Emma, Sheffield Hallam University & Site Gallery, Sheffield 2003 FURTHER Up in the Air, Fitzmaurice, Leo & Gabie, Neville (catalogue); Electric Earth. Film & Video from Britain, Ledwith, Colin & Beasley, Mark, British Council (catalogue) Selected Reviews and Articles 2007 Paul Rooney Lucy Over Lancashire, Calum Craig, Is This Music? magazine, November; Peel Sessions 1967-2004, Ken Garner, The Peel Sessions: A Story of Teenage Dreams and One Man's Love of New Music, BBC Books; Artnotes–Hong Kong: China Emerging Art Giant, Carol Archer, Art Monthly Australia, August; Steps into Space, Samantha Culp, South China Morning Post, 7 August; Lucy Over Lancashire, broadcast in six parts, Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1, April-May; Intimate Engagments: Art, Heritage and Experience at the 'Place-Ballet', John Schofield, International Journal of the Arts in Society, Vol 1, No. 5, Common Ground Publishing, Melbourne; Welcome to the Pleasuredome: Art in Liverpool from 1988 to 1999, Biggs, Bryan, in (Ed) Christoph Grunenberg, Centre of the Creative Universe: Liverpool and the Avant-garde, Tate Liverpool; Watch Words, Adrian Searle, The Guardian, 6 Jan 2005 I, Wannabe, Adam Sutherland, AN Magazine, October; Songs in the Key of Life, Neil Cooper, MAP, Summer; The Power of Surround Sounds, Catriona Black, Sunday Herald (Scotland), 17 April; Pass the Time of Day, David Barrett, Art Monthly, March; Pass the Time of Day, Jennifer Thatcher, Flash Art, Jan-Feb 2004 Let Us Take You There, Alfred Hickling, The Guardian, 8 January 2003 Interview on The Verb with Ian McMillan, BBC Radio 3, 13 December; The Works Special, Art Prize North, interview with Tony Wilson & Ged Clark, Granada TV, 7 November; Arttranspennine 03, Neil Mulholland, Frieze, Nov/Dec; North's Turner. Video Work Wins £10,000, David Ward, The Guardian, 10 Oct 2002 Further Up in the Air, Graham Parker, Art Monthly, Nov; Hitting the High Notes, Tim Abrahams, The Scotsman, 19 March; 2000 Rooney, On the Closed Circuit, Steward Lee, The Sunday Times, 31 December; Signs and Blinds of the Times, Jessica Dawson, The Washington Post, 28 December; Small Battles, David Briers, Art Monthly, November; Rooney, Mark Beasley, Untitled Magazine, Spring; Rooney, On Fading Out, Steward Lee, The Sunday Times, 23 April 1999 My Eye Hurts, Graham Parker, Art Monthly, October; East International and Riverside, (as Common Culture), Dave Beech, Art Monthly, September; Common Culture, (as Common Culture), Michael Bracewell, Frieze, June; Rooney Tunes, Robert Clark, The Guardian (Guide), 15 May 1998 Sound Bites, Oxley Steve, The Big Issue, 30 November; Mixing It, Mark Russell & Robert Sandall, BBC Radio 3, November; Rooney, Time on Their Hands, Tom Ridge, The Wire, November; Rooney, Time on Their Hands, Gary Valentine, Mojo, November; Rooney, Time on Their Hands, Stewart Lee, The Sunday Times, 18 October

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