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



Blackchapel Woundings 
Photobook structured into
4 unbound sections in a slipcase
28.5 × 20.5 cm (40 pages)
and insert folds approx
22.5x 16.3 cm (88 pages)
plus a visual index
Colour and monotone laser printing
on recycled papers
Photography, text and design paula roush
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

Blackchapel Woundings is a photobook about the dark side of Whitechapel and how
to creates a space for photographic research when moving to a new territory.
The book also documents the first iteration of msdm house-studio-gallery project
in Whitechapel.
It includes traces of the building’s past and  links to east London's psychogeography.



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 & 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.

Francisco Varela, The Expanded Practice of the Artist’s Book 
Immersion in The Artist’s Museum [+more]

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.


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