‘Here Comes Franz’ combines moving image, sound and text to explore the passage of time and the relationship between memory and identity. It includes six recent works focusing on the absurd nature of social and individual remembrance.
The main focus of the exhibition is a 25 minute film, The Futurist, which is inspired by the derelict Liverpool cinema of the same name. It presents film-noir style scenarios and images intertwined with fragments of performance from stand-up comedians to explore the deeply unsettling power of the past on present comforts.
Another unique piece created especially for Liverpool Biennial 2012 is an unusual display utilising the external changing lights on the University’s Active Learning Lab. The lights will form a sequence of international maritime signal flags, spelling out a word relating to the exhibition. This colourful display will be visible from the Wirral and on flights to and from John Lennon Airport.
Moira Lindsay, curator of the exhibition said: “Paul’s unique contribution to the Liverpool Biennial 2012 which uses the University’s Active Learning Lab to create a new piece of work is an exciting addition to the programme. We hope that it will act as a beacon, drawing people from across the city to the VG&M to work out what it spells.
“The VG&M is delighted to be exhibiting recent works by Paul Rooney. The Futurist was purchased through the Contemporary Art Society’s Acquisition Scheme and is the first moving image work to enter our collection, yet it forms a superb link to other historical parts of our collection through its use of the architectural spaces of Liverpool, its history, and the consideration of memory and time.”
Rooney has also produced a book of fiction, Dust and Other Stories, which accompanies the exhibition and is available to purchase at the VG&M.
‘Here Comes Franz’ opened to the public on Saturday 22nd September, and runs until Saturday 22nd December 2012. Admission to all galleries and exhibitions at the VG&M is free and the building is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10am-5pm.
The following films will also be shown in the Leggate Theatre to accompany the exhibition: Thin Air by Paul Rooney – 29th September, 2 – 3pm and 6th October, 2 – 3pm // Le Fils (The Son) selected by Paul Rooney – 4th October, 6 – 7.45pm.