msdm a nomadic house-studio-gallery for photographic art and curatorial research, an expanded practice of the artist's book, photobook publishing and peer-to-peer collaboration created by contemporary artist paula roush

ABOUT msdm

1. REFLECTIONS  reviews, comments, peer esteem

2. COLLABORATIONS clients, commissioners, friends 

3. CV exhibitions, residencies, workshops, lectures

4. CONTACT call, write, email, text, DM

MOBILE STRATEGIES is an independent London-based
house-studio-gallery founded in 2015 by paula roush.
Our practice is abbreviated in [msdm]
and spells out
mobile ... strategies ...(of)... display ...(&)... mediation.  
manifest in 
curatorial and
participatory projects. 
We are interested in transformative partnerships
with creatives, educational organisations
and the indie context of peer-to-peer development. 
Are you ready to collaborate with us?

Read more about msdm here: The Expanded Practice of the Artist’s Book Immersion in The Artist’s Museum


paula roush* creative approach is characterised by
mobile strategies of display and mediation. 
Founded in 1998 as an art collective,
msdm has in 2015 taken the form of a House-Studio-gallery
with its own imprint, msdm publications. 
The  project, with its sequential use of vacant buildings 
combines practices of temporary urbanism with
those of artist’s museums.
Exhibitions and curatorial projects are both sites of display and
sites of mediation that integrate collective tactics and
peer to peer learning environments.
This interweaving of artistic practice with its mediation 
is presented in installation and publishing. 

"The visual interpretation of space production, from everyday spatial practice to contested spatiality, has been a consistent pursuit of my practice.
Over the last five years, the focus has been the artist’s house–studio–gallery,
a creative model of place-making defined by its triple purpose of living,
making and curating.

Four live–work self-contained units were transformed into temporary
house–studio–galleries whilst becoming the locus for a photographic practice
focused on its intimate spaces and outdoors context, an expanded container
for domestic life, artistic production and exhibition-making.

These temporary spaces, being first and foremost archaeological sites of the contemporary past, provide opportunities to explore a variety of methodologies
for photographic practice, including psychogeography and autoethnography.
How to represent the psychic experience of architecture and urban space?
Trace the buildings’ past histories, personal and social narratives contained
within their walls, memories of industrial labour, materials and services?
Document our presence and involvement in the transition into
cultural economies?" 
[artist's statement]

Current practice and research about art and photobook publishing
has developed in parallel, each bookwork mirroring this probing
into the psychic nature of architecture and the poetics of place,
both interiors and urbanscape.
The reading experience is, in each case, an interplay between the
architecture of the building and the visual structure of the book.
For the REF Portofolio "Photobooks as sequential archives.
Researching photobook publishing through the  integration of
photographic and book art practices" see here

We are currently working on  three collective projects and publications: 

-Liquid Memories with Francisco Varela, a collaborative interdisciplinary
curatorial project focused on  water as topic and medium in photographic
arquives, developing liquid methodologies to publish archives 

-Studio/ Archaeology with Tonia Carless and UWE University of West of England, 
an interior architecture project documenting msdm space through a cross-section
of representational approaches including photogrammetry, narrative/ documentary context and book art. 

- CREiA: Creative Attentive Studio with Ines Amado,  an experiential online course focused on deep listening and creative exercises, piloted in 2020 during lockdown, to address issues of  self-confinement, isolation and the need for tools that support reflective creative practice.

Other initiatives include:
- the orphan photography collection Found Photo Foundation
- the art publishing platform Page-Turner
- ə (uh)-books project space for material publishing

paula is a  Fulbrighter and  a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
She is a 
Senior Lecturer  in the School of Arts and Creative Industries
at the London South Bank University,

where she co-leads: 
- the photographic art project Photography and the Gallery
and the photobook publishing enterprise  Photobook Pop-Up.

*NOTE: artistic name is intentionally written in all lowercase font.
Please do not use standard capitalisation.

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msdm   is  Mobile  Strategies  of  Display  &   Mediation
 a nomadic House — Studio — Gallery for photographic art
curatorial research, expanded practice of the artist's book
photobook publishing  and peer - to - peer collaborations 


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paula roush 

London SE

school of arts  & creative industries  
london south bank university