Paul Rooney (b. Liverpool, UK 1967) attended Edinburgh College of Art. From 1998 to 2000 he released three CD music albums as the band Rooney’ featuring in John Peel’s Festive Fifty in 1998, as well as recording a session for Peel's Radio 1 show a year later (which was re-broadcast on BBC 6 Music in 2016). Rooney's music has been played on BBC Radios 1, 3, 6 Music, World Service, Cymru and Scotland amongst many other stations. From 2000 he has continued to make music but mostly for gallery presentation in the form of sound and video art works, often for commission or during artist residencies at places such as Dundee Contemporary Arts/University of Dundee VRC; Proyecto Batiscafo, Cuba; Tate Liverpool; and University of Oxford/Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne.
Art works by Rooney have been included in group exhibitions such as 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 National Galleries of Scotland in 2009. He has shown work at Tate Britain; Tate Liverpool; BALTIC; Whitechapel Gallery; and ICA; and has exhibited internationally at places such as the Shanghai Biennial; The Russian Museum (St. Petersburg); Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo (Mexico City); and Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (Seville).