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

News from Nowhere Lockdown 
(or An Epoch of Unrest)

A collage-novel combining upcycled socialism and utopian science fiction 

In collaboration with 
Carpark magazine 14.

In the novel, the narrator, falls asleep after attending a zoom mass call  of The World Transformed and awakes to find their self in a future society based on common ownership and democratic control of the means of production. In this society there is no private property, no big cities,
no authority, no monetary system, no courts, no prisons, no gender and no class systems. This agrarian society functions simply because the people find pleasure in nature, and therefore they find pleasure in their work.

All the characters are enchanted figures in a time and place different from Boris Tory England. As Hugo, the romance character, quests for love and fellowship—and through them for a reborn self—they encounter romance archetypes in Marxist guises. Robert is both the communist educator who teaches Hugo the new world and the wise trans of queer romance.
Claudio and Josef are good comrades and the married lovers who aid Hugo in their wanderings. The feast on the table is both a voyage through society transformed by revolution and a quest for happiness.

The goal of the quest, met and found though only transiently, is Lena, the symbol of the reborn age and the bride the alien cannot win. Lena herself is a multidimensional figure: a working class woman emancipated under socialism, she is also a benign nature spirit as well as the soul in the
form of a trans-woman.

The novel offers no answers to a number of frequent objections to socialism, and underlines the belief that socialism will entail not only the abolition of private property but also of the divisions between art, life, and work.



News from NowhereLockdown
(or An Epoch of Unrest)

Art direction
msdm studio

Photography and artwork
paula roush

Production and styling
Hugo Santos

Garments and make-up
Robert George Sanders

Hugo Santos
Robert George Sanders
Claudiu Panaite
Josef Abela
Lena Cantarellas

Sculpture (Domenest)
Natercia Caneira

Table (Wood Library)
Anna Odrich

Musical instruments
Gem Milsom

Mural(Animal Ally)
msdm + GBH

Text design
The Modern Designer

An improvised reading of
News from Nowhere
(or An Epoch of rest)
by William Morris

In collaboration
with Carpark magazine
issue 14



News from Nowhere Lockdown  (or An Epoch of Unrest), Carpark 14
News from Nowhere Lockdown  (or An Epoch of Unrest), Carpark 14


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