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

catalogue of extant writings  

2. REFLECTIONS  reviews, comments, peer esteem

3. COLLABORATIONS clients, commissioners, friends 

4. CV exhibitions, residencies, workshops, lectures

5. 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.  
Artistic research and methodologies 
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* is a photographer and
 in her work she interweaves
place, photography and the "found object." This cross-disciplinary
integration of artistic and curatorial  research is presented in 
installation, publishing and collaborative projects. 
She is the
founder of msdm (mobile strategies of display and mediation).

"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 'meanwhile' 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 around the artist's book 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 for a mindful art practice 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 


by appointment only
please e-mail to schedule a visit
[within a covid safety framework]

paula roush 

London SE

school of arts  & creative industries  
london south bank university