Flat 23

2002

Rooney, Paul
In his text, sound and video works Paul Rooney creates poetic narratives built around the ‘voices’ of semi-fictional personas. These ‘voices’ are not single entities, but rather a collection of many different voices both fictional and ‘real’. Slipping easily between documentary and fiction, Rooney’s work draws attention to its hybrid state, and emphasises formal artifice for comedic effect. In Rooney’s Flat 23 a former resident of a soon to be demolished block of flats lists the objects that used to populate her apartment. These words are set to music and sung in a two-part harmony. Through these disorientating layers of voices it is just possible to catch certain words and phrases.
  • Artwork Details: running time: 10 minutes
  • Edition: 1 of 3
  • Material description: Sound work for three monitors, three channel sound
  • Credit line: Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © the artist.
  • Theme: Undefined
  • Medium: Film and Audio Visual
  • Accession number: ACC27/2014

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