13 March 2002

Paul Rooney: New Work

26 March - 6 April 2002 Centrespace, Visual Research Centre, DCA
Private View: Monday 25 March 2002, 6.30- 8.30pm

On 26 March 2002 VRC will showcase an exhibition of new work by the artist Paul Rooney. Of the eight pieces on show, six are music pieces that transform extracts from everyday conversations into lyrics to create pop songs. He has worked with the 'Stars in Their Eyes' audience warm-up man, a hotel conciérge, a barmaid and an office worker to create material for songs for the show.

Rooney writes what he refers to as 'living pop songs'. Often humorous, his work includes an audio guide for a chairlift and an internet chatroom text set to music for six vocalists.

The piece based on internet chatroom text will be performed by The University of Dundee choir live at the launch of the exhibition on 25 March, as will a collaborative performance with Max Factory, a performance art collective. Other pieces in the show include pop videos to accompany the songs and video recreations of photographs taken from album sleeves.

Paul Rooney has previously released three albums. His song 'Went to Town' was in John Peel's Festive Fifty in 1998 and 'Rooney' recorded a Peel Session which was broadcast in October 1999. He is the Research and Development Fellow at the Duncan of Jordanstone Visual Research Centre and this exhibition is the culmination of the collaborative work he has undertaken here since December 2001.

DCA is funded by the Scottish Arts Council, Dundee City Council and the European Regional Development Fund


Further details from Miriam Lea, DCA Press Officer, Tel: 01382 909 229, e-mail miriam.lea@dundeecity.gov.uk

Notes to Editors
The Visual Research Centre (VRC) is a research facility for digital media, fine art publishing and design. It is part of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, The University of Dundee and is situated in Dundee Contemporary Arts.

For more information on the University of Dundee contact Carol Pope, Head of Press and Publications, University of Dundee, Tel 01382 344 021, e-mail c.l.e. pope@dundee.ac,uk

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