Selected Work










Declan Thomas Ciarán Rooney



Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig, Germany 2002-2005

University College Dublin, Ireland 1999-2000

Academie Minerva, Groningen, Holland 1997 (Erasmus)

National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland 1994-1998

Selected Awards and Residencies


SIM Residency Reykjavik Iceland 2013

Fire Station Artists' Studios Dublin 2012 -2014

Visual Arts Bursary Award, Arts Council of Ireland 2011

Corcadorca Theatre Development Centre Residency Cork Ireland 2011

Culture Ireland Exhibition Grant Award 2010

M.A.I. West Residency, San Francisco USA 2010

Travel and Training Award, Arts Council of Ireland 2009

Watermill Residency, The Watermill Center, Long Island NY USA 2009

Artspace Residency, Sydney Australia 2008

Culture Ireland Exhibition Grant Award 2008

CCA Kitakyushu Research Program, Japan 2006-2007

Travel and Mobility Award, Arts Council of Ireland 2006

Liverpool Biennale Artist in Residence, Blue Coat Arts Centre, Liverpool U.K. 2004

Professional Development and Training Award, Arts Council of Ireland 2003

Artists Award. Carlow County Council 2003

Artists Award. Carlow County Council 2001

Art Flight, Arts Council of Ireland (New York) 2000

Travel Award, Arts Council of Ireland (China) 1999



Solo Exhibitions


Happenings And Nonevents, The Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland 2010

Revolution No.1, X You, The Parting Glass Part II and / or Revenge of The Fallen, Kiosk 24, Herford Germany 2009

There’s Surf, There’s Sand, Bakery Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam Holland 2007

Selected Group Exhibitions, Projects and Performances



Coming All Together, Galerie Perpétuel Frankfurt

The Postcard Show Sirius Arts Centre Cork

Art Bar, MCA, Sydney, Australia. Curated by Huseyin Sami



Pori Film Festival, Pori, Finland (N.S.)



Re-Framing the Domestic in Irish Art, Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda Ireland. Curated by Aoife Ruane, Amanda Coogan & Jane Humphries

London Art Fair: Art Projects 2014 London U.K. Curated by Ingrid Z



Adverse Collaborations, The Block, Queensland University of Technology Brisbane Australia (N.S.)

In The Black, The Black Mariah Cork Ireland. Curated by Matt Packer & The Black Mariah

MPA Berlin, ACUD Kunstverein Berlin Germany (N.S.)

AYE dunkelblau, Parrotta Contemporary Art, Stuttgart Germany. Curated By Susanne M. Winterling

Words, Publish and Be Damned  Artist Book Fair, ICA, London UK

Video Bites, Elmur & Abteilung für Alles Andere Berlin Germany (N.S.)

JIAAP, Gallery Weber-Lutgen Seville Spain (N.S.)



Direct Action 2011, CAZ Exchange Gallery, Penzance, England (N.S.)

Préavis de Désordre Urbain, 5th Annual International Festival of Performance Art Marseille France (N.S.)

I Am Not A Poet, Total Kunst, Edinburgh. Scotland

Direct Action 2011, Konnektor #04 Forum für Künste Hamburg Germany (N.S.)

Direct Action 2011, Institut fur Alles Mogliche Berlin Germany (N.S.)

JIAAP, Gallery Weber-Lutgen Seville Spain (N.S.)



exist-ence, Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts Brisbane Australia (N.S.)

Words, Fourboxes Gallery Krabbesholm, Skive Denmark

7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art, D2D, Toronto Canada

No Strings Attached, Open Works Institute, Bucharest Romania

Sonic Vigil V, St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral Cork Ireland (N.S.)

Taken As Given. Works From The Balcony Project Space, Bucharest Romania

Members Finest, Platoon, Berlin Germany (N.S.)

The Four Seasons, 4 x 4 The Non-aligned, Trouble, Les Halles Brussels Belgium. Curated by Jovana Stokic



Performance Studies, Watermill Brooklyn Gallery New York USA (H*E*R*D)

Big In Japan, Arcus Studio. Moriya, Japan. Curated by Doreen Uhlig with Alida Speler

Words, Am Nuden Da, London UK

Trouble, Khalid Mezaina, & Declan Rooney, Ductac, Dubai UAE

Young And Innocent, Accumulator, VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art Carlow, Ireland. Curated by Amanda Coogan

Escape Route Homecoming Hanging On It's A Long Road, Hotch Potch, MKII, London UK

Eyes Without A Face, New Island Festival, Governors Island, NYC USA (H*E*R*D)

Post, Stuart Coughlan & Declan Rooney, Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh Ireland

Four On The Floor, Die Orbitale, Kunsthalle Fridericanum, Kassel Germany (N.S.)

Dive For Five, Platoon, Berlin Germany (N.S.)

Total Eclipse (Of The Heart), The Watermill Center, New York USA (H*E*R*D)

Free! Elebash Recital Hall, The Graduate Center CUNY New York USA (H*E*R*D)

Happy Hour, Kate Werble Gallery, New York USA. Curated By Rancourt / Yatsuk

Kunstmanufaktur (Nr.1) Georges and I, Berlin Germany (N.S.)

The Stupid Generation, Kunstprojects Berlin Germany

Casa Cadett Stereo Villa Vaudeville Hannover Germany (H*E*R*D)



Broken English and The Missing Piece, Film & Video Festival, Gothenborg Sweden (H*E*R*D)

Many Shades of Black, MOP, Sydney, Australia. Curated by Huseyin Sami

Alba Art Show, Palazzetto Mostre e Congressi Alba, Italy. Curated by Jovana Stokic

Yesterday Once More, Mooheoga, Seoul, Korea (H*E*R*D)



Troops of Quiet Love and Disaster, Marienborg Kunst, Trondheim, Norway. Curated by Edvine Larssen

Private Property, The Residence Gallery, London UK. Curated by Ingrid Z

I’d Run Right Into Hell and Back, Hotel Ballymun, Thomas Clark Tower, Dublin Ireland 2007 (H*E*R*D) Curated by Seamus Nolan

Shoebox, Bell Street Project Space, Vienna, Austria

Tales Upon The Whispering River, CCA Open Sudios, Kitakyushu Japan



Playtime, Kandada Tokyo Japan

Yahata Biennale –We Will Rip Your Heart Out, Fukuoka Japan

Bend it like Beckett – Sound Works, Audio CD Compilation, Art Trail Cork Ireland

PI Five Performance & Intermedia Festival, National Museum, Szczecin Poland

Future First, History Last, The Residence Gallery, London UK

OUTVideo International Video Art Festival, Moscow Russia

In rest of the room - Viola Yesiltac, Programm: Künstlerische Inszenierung im Film, Kunstverein Langenhagen Germany

Hysterie, Galerie Dachschiff, Berlin Germany (N.S.)



SantaSatan’s Workshop, The Residence Gallery, London U.K. Curated by Ingrid Z

Loop Pool, Elektropopklub,Wolfsburg Kunstverein, Germany (N.S.)

Alive, Alive, Grad Theatre Budva, Serbia & Montenegro. Curated by Marina Abramović

Brutal Education, Ecole de Beaux Arts, Avignon France. Curated by Marina Abramović

Gifted Generation, Hau Eins, Berlin Germany.

Egon Scheile – Love and Death, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam The Netherlands. Curated by Marina Abramović

Mona Video Festival, Museum of New Art, Detroit USA



Cleaning the Mirror, Marta Herford Germany. Curated by Marina Abramović

Retrospective, H.B.K. Braunschweig Germany

Liverpool Biennale, Live Art Programme, Blue Coat Arts Centre, Liverpool UK. Invited by Paolo Canevari

Loop Performance, MoMa PS1, Long Island, New York USA

Cleaning the House, NMAC, Vejer de La Frontera Spain

Students’ Bodies, Volume! Rome Italy. Curated by Marina Abramović



Jubilee, Perpetuel Gallery, Frankfurt Germany

Three Person Show, Perpetuel Gallery, Frankfurt Germany

Flix, Rubicon Gallery, Dublin Ireland

Student Body, CGAC Museum de Santiago de Compostella Spain

US Live, Fifth Gallery, Dublin Ireland

Performance Loop, Fridericianum Museum, Kassel Germany. Curated by Marina Abramović

Recycling the Future, Venice Biennale, Venice Italy. Curated by Marina Abramović

As Soon as Possible, PAC Milan, Italy. Curated by Marina Abramović



Crawford Open 3, Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Cork Ireland (with Amanda Coogan)

Intermedia 2002, Triskel Arts Centre, Cork Ireland



Crawford Open 1, Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Cork Ireland

Heaven on Earth, Rubicon Gallery, Dublin Ireland



Typhoon York / Filipino Bag, Parkside Pacific Place, Hong Kong China

Intermedia ’99, Triskel Arts Centre, Cork Ireland (ADF)

Seed, Arthouse, Dublin Ireland

PMT: Where’s My Brief, Pallas, Dublin Ireland (ADF)

EV+A 99 reduced, Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick Ireland. Curated by Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn (ADF)

Ahenny Quarry Festival, Tipperary, Ireland (with Frances Mezetti Duggan & Sandra Johnson)

Radar, Cobalt, Dublin Ireland (ADF)




Selected Bibliography


Performers: Johnny Amore, Pori Art Museum Finland 2013

Index #3, Artist Book Curated by Justin Andrews, 
Melbourne, Australia October 2012

Words, Am Nuden Da London U.K. March 2012 pg 35

Allotrope Press Issue 3: Limits, University Of Ulster, Belfast Northern Ireland September 2011

What Is Art, Kids’ Own Publishing Butler Gallery Kilkenny Ireland September 2011

Creative Ireland: The Visual Arts in Ireland 2000-2010, V.A.I. Edited by Noel Kelly and Sean Kissane pgs 166-167

?@#!*$ Catalyst Arts Belfast Northern Ireland April 2011

The Futility of Making Salad, Material Press / Insert Press, Los Angeles USA pg 41

Horan Edel, Happenings and Nonevents, Paper Visual Art Journal, http://papervisualart.com/?p=3298

VISUAL Catalogue, Visual Centre for Contemporary Art Carlow Ireland 2010 pg 72-73

Coogan Amanda, VAI Newsletter, March /April 2010 Dublin Ireland pg 33

El Rawas Mohammed, 'Mezaina-Rooney' Time Out Dubai UAE October 2009

Ralf Bittner, ‘Revolution hinter Glas’ Neue Westflische June 16th 2009 Herford Germany pg 32

Hartmut Horstmann ‘Bewegendes hinter Glas’ Herforder Zeitung June 13/14 2009 Herford Germany pg 30

‘Many Shades of Black’ MOP Projects, Sydney Australia 2008 pgs 7-8

‘Alba Art Fair’ Alba Italy 2008 pgs 20-23

‘Cleaning The House’ NMAC, Vejer de la Frontera, Spain 2007 pgs 62

‘Tales Upon The Whispering River’, CCA Kitakyushu Japan 2007

Stuart Coughlan, We Discussed Each Night What Would Be Dreamed, EditPlus Cork Ireland 2007

Danny McCarthy, (Ed.) Soundworks; For Those Who Have Ears’ Art Trail, 2005 pg 23

James Westcott, ’The Independent Performance Group’ art.es magazine, August #10 Madrid Spain 2005

James Westcott, ’Bodies Moving’, NY ARTS Online Magazine June New York USA 2005

Marina Abramovic, ’Student Body’, Charta, Milan Italy, 2003 pgs 30-31, 330-340

Martina Corgnati, La Classe di Marina’, La Republica, Milano Italy, 6 Giugno, 2003

Swantje Kaulfers’ As soon as possible’ Ein und Alle-das Fridericianum Magazin Kassel Germany, 2003 pg 14-15

Peter Murray, ’The Crawford Open 1-4’, Gandon, Cork Ireland, 2003, pg 30, pg 267

Paul M.O’Reilly, ’EV+A 99 reduced’, Gandon, Cork, Ireland 1999 p56-57

Suzy O’Mullane, ‘Crawford Open 3’, Circa, Dublin ireland No.103, Spring 2003 pg 78-79

Hugh Farrelly, ‘The Art of Bluff’, Irish Examiner Cork Ireland 24/01/03 pg 15

Mark Ewart, ’Sound Art Focus’, The Irish Times Dublin Ireland 04/06/1999 pg 12



Rooney studied Sculpture at the National College of Art in Dublin and Performance Art / Raum Konzept at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Braunschweig, Germany. He works predominately with video and live performance. He has exhibited at the Butler Gallery Kilkenny, the Fridericianum Kassel, PAC Milan, MoMa PS1 New York and at the Annet Gelink Gallery in Amsterdam. Rooney has participated in residencies at the Bluecoat Arts Centre as part of the Liverpool Biennale in 2004 and at CCA Kitakyushu in Japan. He has also worked as a project manager and curator on projects such as ‘Intermedia’ at Triskel in Cork, ‘who is your friends? / the soap operas’ exhibition at Soap Gallery in Kokura Japan and ‘How Could You Be Angry While Grooming A Dog?’ at Galerie Perpetuel in Frankfurt. Rooney currently runs Berlin based ‘kunstprojects’, is a former Director and member of the ‘IPG’ (Independent Performance Group) and current member of the Abramović Foundation for the Preservation of Performance Art. Rooney is also a member of the performance group New School and the popular music group Millertime.                                                                                                                                                        


Nothing Special (Formerly The New Spastiks) is a collaboration with Herma Auguste Wittstock

The H*E*R*D Group was a collaboration with Eunhye Hwang

ADF was a collaboration with Amanda Coogan and Frances Mezetti Duggan