Paul Rooney: Still at Large (The Creeping Things Cut)


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Paul Rooney: Still at Large (The Creeping Things Cut)

Single screen video with six channel sound, full version 11 mins, 2015-2018.

Paul Rooney was Berwick Visual Arts and Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival artist in residence in 2015 and was invited to create new work in response to the theme 'Fact or Fiction'.

This 2015 video was initially a film essay about Holy Island, northern England, presented by architecture writer Nicholas Still and directed by Paul Rooney.

The film was re-edited in 2018 by The Creeping Things (aka Lola de Witt-Still of Berwick-upon-Tweed and Berlin), who made her own (unsolicited) version with her soundtrack, New Theme to Still at Large, imposed on top of it. Over de Witt-Still’s relentless motorik beat and analogue synths, the female voice on the new soundtrack (which de Witt-Still claims is a ‘found’ vocal recording) speaks of a disturbing male figure on the run from an unspoken crime, who is, in turn, on the hunt for something or someone. Is he aiming his threatening intent towards Nicholas Still himself?

Paul Rooney is an artist/musician based in Liverpool, who makes music with words “investigating the intersections of music, myth, memory and place” (The Wire magazine). His records and installations explore the unpredictable narratives that haunt everyday objects or places, and the comically unreliable nature of narrative itself.

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. Paul Rooney’s records have been broadcast on BBC Radio 1 including John Peel’s Festive Fifty, BBC Radio 3 and 6 Music amongst many other stations.

His installations, videos and texts have been commissioned by organisations such as Film and Video Umbrella, The Drawing Room or Tate Liverpool and has shown work at Tate Britain; The Arnolfini; BALTIC; Whitechapel Gallery; and ICA; and has exhibited internationally at places such as Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo (Mexico City); Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (Seville) and at the Shanghai Biennial.

Works by Rooney were included in the British Council show Electric Earth: Film and Video from Britain, which toured to eighteen international venues from 2003 to 2006; British Art Show 6, which toured around the UK in 2005-2006; and Running Time: Artist Films in Scotland 1960 to Now, shown at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in 2009. He was the winner of the second Northern Art Prize in 2008, and two of his installations were purchased for the Arts Council Collection in 2015.

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