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Paul Rowley, Tim Blue

The Rooms

Vidéo expérimentale | 16mm | couleur et n&b | 62:0 | Irlande | 2010

The Rooms looks back at the remnants of the 20th century through the eyes of the 21st. Watching the film is like wandering through a ghosted world. You find yourself in unfamiliar places as if arriving in a dream, suddenly and without direction, yet with apparent logical precision. A theatre operates by and for itself; a museum archives its own contents; a city attempts to replicate language; an unfinished embassy recalls political turmoil; an abandoned spy station collects fragments of historical data and re-programmes itself. These Rooms operate as quantum architectures, forming and collapsing by themselves, defying categorisation. With rich sound design and diverse formats, the film is a visually complex study of a world abandoned that somehow continues to operate. People exist only as echoes in the empty spaces. Filmed in Italy, Germany, Spain, the United States and Korea, the numerous locations become the interconnected sites of a post-human environment. Disparate fragments come together to form a whole through the film`s unique reading of time. The wages of human endeavour are leveled and treated as data. The perspectives of the past ? modernist, machine, space-age ? are scrutinized by a future that escaped prediction. The Rooms is a collaborative project by Paul Rowley and Tim Blue made with the support of a Projects Grant from the Irish Arts Council

BIO: Paul Rowley Paul Rowley is a filmmaker and visual artist. He began making experimental short films in 1995, and has presented his work internationally since. His films have received numerous awards over the years from the Irish Arts Council, New York State Council for the Arts, Irish Film Board, Culture Ireland, the Glen Dimplex Artists? Award (Irish Museum of Modern Art?s contemporary art prize), the Irish American Arts Awards, and a Golden Spire at the San Francisco International Film Festival. His recent documentary, Seaview premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, was nominated for an Irish Film and Television Award and received a Special Jury Mention at the DMZ Documentary Festival in Korea. Recently completed projects include a feature length experimental film, The Rooms, and a perma- nent public video art installation for LAX airport Los Angeles. He is currently in production on a new feature documentary commissioned by the Dublin Film Festival. BIO: Tim Blue Tim Blue is a film maker who also works in other diverse media. His videos have screened at many international festivals including the Berlin Film Festival, Oberhausen, Art Basel, Mix, Rencontres Internationales, and Darklight, among others. Based in Berlin, he also composes music for theatre and film, has conducted video workshops for youth, and has performed throughout Europe with his group, CHEAP. Tim?s recorded audio work is prolific, and includes several solo as well as collaborative works. The Rooms is his first feature film.