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
Photobook structured into 4 unbound signatures 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
Published for the exhibition Evidencing the East End
Blackchapel Woundings is a photobook about the dark side of Whitechapel and how one creates a space for photographic research when moving to a new territory.
The book was created as part of msdm first house-studio-gallery project in Whitechapel.
It includes traces of the building’s past and the neighborhood’s own links to east London 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.
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
school of arts & creative industries
london south bank university