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
TITLE WORK: Blackchapel Woundings
AUTHOR: paula roush
PAGES: 140 pages
DIMENSIONS: 28.5 × 20.5 cm (40 pages)
22.5x 16.3 cm (88 pages) and 29.7 x42 cm
PAPER: Fabriano and recycled papers
BINDING: 4 unbound sections in slipcover
in a box
PROCESS: Toner printing with
HP LaserJet CP5225
COLOUR: Colour and monotone
TEXT: Text In a visual Index
PUBLISHER: msdm publications
Published for the exhibition
Evidencing the East End
Whitechapel London, May 2017
Some of the materials shown in the
book were part of the exhibition
Undisclosed Location: paula roush,
Teresa Paiva and Zeigam Azizov
Whitechapel London, February 2016
ABOUT THE WORK
One of a collection of bookworks inspired by location of the house-studio-gallery. For two years, msdm occupied a 40,000sf warehouse space in Whitechapel. Photographic practice and research traced signs of everyday spatial practice, past and present, as well as ley lines of psychic architectural and urban resonance.
The house-studio-gallery occupied stock traders's grading rooms, where
cocoa and coffee beans from around the world were quality tested.
The strategic significance of this location in relation to the City was
uncovered when juxtaposing the planning application for the site with
the occult geography of East London.
A diagram of secret power lines emerged, connecting the Protected Vistas
to Iain Sinclair’s pentagram in Lud Heat and Alan Moore and Edi Campbell’s book From Hell.
A backdoor in a neighbouring warehouse, provided a portal into another
time and space. A pop-up staging of 1888 by an immersive theatre
company, recreated the Whitechapel murders for queuing audiences.
Read and see Francisco Varela reflection on the Blackchapel work
The Expanded Practice of the Artist’s Book: Immersion in The Artist’s Museum
The Expanded Practice of the Artist’s Book: Immersion in The Artist’s Museum (11m 05”, English )
Tuesday October 31, 2016
Strolling around the perimeter of the site
I pass by a black door
with a metal house number:1888.
It wasn't here before yet feels uncannily familiar:
the year that Jack the Ripper attacked.
The first victim was found just around the corner,
across Whitechapel Road,
next to where is now Sainsbury’s supermarket
and car park.