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

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paula roush is a photographer and educator based in London. She teaches art photography and photobook publishing at the School of Arts and Creative Industries, London South Bank University, as well as facilitating studio-based individual mentoring and small group workshops.
paula is the founder of msdm studio and Found Photo Foundation. A Fulbright scholar, as well as a recipient of a Bauhaus Kolleg Fellowship, she has been an artist in residence with the Frans Masereel Centrum and the Arab Image Foundation.

Senior Lecturer, Photography BA (Hons) 2006-present; Thesis supervisor, MA Photography (2011-2017) and  MRes Photography (2018).
School of Creative Arts, Division of Film and Media, London South Bank University, London UK.
Develop and teach undergraduate level modules in Photography and the Gallery, Self-Publishing and the Photobook, Professional Practice and Promotion (2006-2018). Directly involved in Division curriculum development and thesis supervision (2006- 2017). Curated Photobook Pop-Up (2015-2018) and ə/uh/-books project space for photobook publishing  (2016-2018).

Workshops/ Masterclasses

Masterclass with paula roush
PhotoBookClub Lisboa in IMAGO Photo Festival.
Organised by EIFE Escola Informal de Fotografia do Espectáculo
Lisbon, Portugal
October 19, 2019

Publishing as Artistic Practice: participatory skill share and talk.
Conjunction Event from The Fish Factory, Penryn and CMR Project Space, Redruth. Organised by Alice Mahoney and Rose Hatcher
CMR Cornwall Media Resource, Redruth
January 2019

Post-digital Publishing and Story-telling in the Photobook, Arts Llibre Workshop ESDA LLotja, Barcelona Spain, Artist's talk / workshop

Nothing to undo
KHiO National Academy of the Arts Oslo
Guest Lecture and Facilitator of 5-day photobook publishing workshop with BA + MA students across the 3 pathways (Fine Arts, Design and Crafts).
Organised by Victoria Browne
Oslo Norway

The Page Turner: photographic archives, photobook works and self-publishing 
4 days workshop
National Art Library and msdm studio (day 1), London South Bank University School of Arts and Creative Industries print studios (days 2 -4)
January 24- 27 2016

Creative photography and photobook publishing workshops facilitator
ACAVA Association for Cultural Advancement through Visual Art.
Facilitator photography and self-publishing projects, both in Blechynden Street studio and partner West London- based centres.

Print Your Own photobook
Creative photography workshops for personal development and wellness, based at ACAVA Blechynden Street Art Studio. 2018

Venture Photography Archive and Photobook Publishing
Creative photography workshops for personal development and wellness, based at Venture Community Centre Art Studio. The results of these projects have been displayed at an exhibition at ACAVA Maxilla Walk Studios. 2016

Charles Saint
Newspaperwork and wall photoworks developed with St George College art students
Funded by West London Clinical Commissioning Group to create a permanent art collection for St Charles Centre for Health and Wellbeing.
Bookworks developed with Venture Community Centre groups funded by R.Borough of Kensington & Chelsea through Public Health.

2015 - 2017
Page-turner: Photography, the Book and Self-Publishing
Facilitator of 4-day photobook publishing workshop and pop-up exhibition with artists and photographers to develop their photographic work into photobook projects
Lisbon Photobook Fair
Lisbon Photographic Archive satellite space

CoolTan Arts Stays Up LATES: A Creative and Interactive Journey Exploring the History of Science and Mental Health 
Program of workshops, editing and designing CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle / Science Museum’s LATES book project with photographic documentation, related art work and many of the original talks given by volunteers on the guided tours.
Digital copy online:

Xistorias/ Schistories: project facilitator> Commission to create a project in the ‘schist’ mountain villages of Portugal, an area that has become depopulated and is now being developed as a destination for tourists. Titled Schistories, the participatory work used oral history, new technologies and creative processes in wokshops and liveperformance to evoke a dramatic encounter between the rural traditions of the past and present-day cultural practices.

Open books: artists newspapers and QR codes.
Program of workshops leading to creation and publication of newspapers with four artists users of CoolTan Arts studio: William Ball, Graeme Newton, Aaron W.J. Pilgrim and Saffron Saidi.
Commissioned by HS Projects with funding from ICAP: Insight Community Arts Programme. Artwork was exhibited in the lounge area in ICAP London’s headquarters building (Blackfriars), and could be accessed and downloaded via QR codes.

Dreaming Through: Self-publishing workshop for artists and educators
Resulting works showcased alongside the exhibition in street facing displays at 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning Gallery, London

Queer Paper Gardens: exploring relationship between collage and self-publishing.
Workshop for artists and educators.
EDP Foundation, Lisbon

Shared Worlds Collaborative and Participatory Art. Workshop, Seminar, Talks, Art interventions, Public Art
Coordination by Monica De Miranda, with: paula roush, Faisal Abdu’Allah and Paul Goodwin.
Centro Cultural de Lagos and vicinity,
July  25- 27 2008,

SOS:OK project facilitator. Commission to create a temporary public artwork in the site of former Biscuit town, Bermondsey,entitled SOS:OK Emergency Biscuit. Workshops allowed former workers of the Biscuit Factory to imagine and design a new biscuit to represent their neighborhood. Featured in the exhibition Public Services along with the work of Marjetica Potrc, Apolonija Šušteršic, Temporary Services (USA), representing the way artists today think about structures and forms in contemporary cities

Project Temporary Homes
South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, TAP-Trust Art Project, ASHA Projects, Eaves Housing, Riverpoint Emergency Hostel and Sojourner Housing Association
Funding: London Arts Boards Regional Challenge/ New Audiences Programme.
Workshops with four women's organisations and women living in temporary accommodation in mixed-media project (using photography, video and web design)
The artwork was exhibited in the Temporary Homes exhibition, 198 Gallery

South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, TAP-Trust Art Project/ Lambeth Hospital
Developed participatory project with staff and people living in and near the healthcare estate using mixed-media (photography, video and writing).
The artwork was published and exhibited in the healthcare estate

Torn, Folded, Curled: photobookworks with orphan photographs, School of Arts & Creative Industries ACI Research and Enterprise Conference: Storytelling and the Networked Image in a digital/post-digital landscape, London South Bank University, May 23 2019

Torn, Folded, Curled: Orphan Photographs Sourced From the Arab Image Foundation (Crafting an Archaeology of the Recent Past, One Photobookwork at a Time). The Archive: Visual Culture In The Middle East Symposium. Lebanese American University, School of Architecture & Design/ Department of Art & Design symposium. Organised by Yasmine Nachabe Taan and Melissa Plourde Khoury. LAU Byblos campus, April 5 2019

The Photobook as Artistic Research & Expression In collaboration with ICVL Studio,  Unveil'd Photography Festival. Organised by Alejando Acin.

Why on earth be a flaneuse when I can be a glaneuse? Photobook Talks. Organised by Flaneur Project, Carpe Diem, Lisbon

Super-privateArab Image Foundation, Beyrut Lebanon, Artist's talk
Photobook: education and pedagogical networks. Presentation at the Lisbon Photobook Fair, Lisbon, Nov 2015

Chaos of memories- Surviving archives and the ruins of history according to the found photo foundation. Presented at Order and Collapse: The Lives of Archives, University of Gothenburg & Hasselblad Foundation, Gothenburg 2014

UBM Artists Lunchtime talk: Michael Armitage, Frank Pudney, paula roush, Lucia Vera. Talk in conjunction with the exhibition Connecting Worlds presented by Drawing Room in collaboration with UBM. UBM's meeting room on the 9th Floor, Ludgate House

X Time: Time that has already been time – a preamble in two chapters, UMAR/Feminist University, Seminar The Uses of Time,  Lisbon Portugal, Seminar
Queer paper gardens / Estranhos jardins de papel, guided visit to the exhibition,The Lisbon Consortium: III Lisbon Summer for the Study of Culture Programme
True Tales: Queer artistic strategies. With: Ana Pérez-Quiroga, Patrícia Guerreiro, paula roush, Maria Lusitano, João Manuel de Oliveira and Nuno Crespo. Part of the video programme hetero q.b., Museu do Chiado, Museu do Chiado, Lisbon
Browser Landscapes. Tiresias: Video by artists, Centro Cultural de Espana, Montevideo, Uruguay, April 2010
Up for grabs: webcams, aesthetic failure and intermedial Internet spectatorship. Panel Conspiracy Dwellings: Surveillance in Contemporary Art. ISEA 2009, the 15th International Symposium on Electronic Art, Belfast
From flat box to 3D storycube: photography, youth cultures and counter-archival strategies, Mediated Memories Symposium, Journal of Media Practice, Sussex University
Open education networks. Knowledge Unlimited. 4th Takeaway Festival. DANA Centre, London
Tweeting is half of the work- artist’s work placement and the web 2.0 + Real blogging is academic blogging, Elearning@work, London South Bank University, London
Reinterpreting the archive: from flat paper to the 3-D web. Photography Education Symposium. Issue four of the journal Photographies, London South Bank University, London
Open Education Networks vs ‘Bricks and mortar’ Universities. Resolutely Analogue?: Art Museums in Digital Culture. Learning and Teaching in New Media: Questions of Literacy. Tate Encounters, London
Video as a zone of activity. Video Art and Art & Film essay in Portugal Symposium, CAMJAP – Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon
Social networking and authentic engagement: students as ‘produsers’. Learners in the Co-creation of Knowledge (LICK) 2008, Napier University, Edinburgh
Sociable Publishing – a photo publishing project at Published Words, Public Pages – Sharp Copenhagen. A Nordic Conference on International Print Culture. The Danish Royal School of Library and Information Science, Copenhagen
Photopublishing with Lulu, situating feedback in socially networked practices. CLTAD 4th International Conference Enhancing Curricula: using research and enquiry to inform student learning, New York
The posthuman finger. The Red Room Platform, Loving Big Brother: From George Orwell to reality TV - is surveillance to be feared or embraced? ArtsAdmin, London
Shared worlds: workshop-seminar about collaborative and participatory art. Local Worlds exhibition, Lagos
Flat Screen, No Signal: Body and Location Under CCTV. Conspiracy Dwellings: Symposium on Surveillance in Contemporary Art in the Southhill Park Arts Centre
WUK-RADIO: Ear Appeal (Orange 94)
Presentation of the project Protest Academy as part of the exhibition Ear Appeal at the Kunsthalle Exnergasse. paula roush  with Doreen Mende, curator of the exhibition,  WUC Radio Broadcast event

Feminising Ed, a discussion of Tested: vaio road test  in the context of other feminist projects that approach historical artists’ books and documents by the use of archive and exhibition making. The Ed Show, The Digital Art Gallery London South Bank University, London UK
Intimate Tv: Webcamming & Social Life-Logging in The Surveillant-Sousveillant Space , ISEA 2011 The 17th International Symposium on Electronic Art, Sabanci University,  Istanbul, Turkey
A field (of interconnected realities: cyber drawing and mash-up electronic goodness, ISEA 2011 The 17th International Symposium on Electronic Art, Sabanci University,  Istanbul, Turkey
Intimate TV - forward:delete (wayback safari), Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, Hamburg Germany
A field,  Living Room artists’ talk, Artstation, Auckland, NZ
Speed/sight, Zavod P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Gallery P74, Ljubljana Slovenia
CCTV ecstasy, The 4th Radiator festival: Exploits in the Wireless City, QUAD, Derby UK

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Publishing as Artistic Practice: participatory skill share and talk at CMR Redruth.

Publishing as Artistic Practice: participatory skill share and talk. Conjunction Event from The Fish Factory, Penryn and CMR Project Space, Redruth. Organised by Alice Mahoney and Rose Hatcher. CMR Cornwall Media Resource, Redruth

Print in the age of DIY & Publishing as Artistic Practice is a Conjunction event from The Fish Factory, Penryn and CMR Project Space, Redruth organised by Alice Mahoney and Rose Hatcher. This day aims to bring together artists and creatives with an interest in print techniques including Riso printing, discussing the DIY punk print scene and zines, as well as artist books, photobooks and publishing as artistic practice.

Print in the age of DIY:
11 - 4:30pm - Fish Factory
Participatory skill share event making prints and collaborative zine with free networking lunch and will include:

• Mimeograph display and printing.
• How to make a zine.
• Talk about Mimeograph printing, its history and contemporary Risograph printing from Benjamin at Dizzy Ink.
• Talk and showcase from Notts Zine Library.

This event aims to open up our print area and other facilities to a new audience. The collaborative element of zine making aims to open up discussion on the subject of the DIY punk print scene, the Cornwall Zine Library (hosted by the Fish Factory) and collaborative practices within the realms of illustration, writing, design, photography and printmaking.
 Transport provided at 4:30pm to CMR where the event will continue.

Publishing as Artistic Practice:
5pm - 9pm - CMR

Talk and presentation with artist paula roush, who founded MSDM Publishing and is the curator for ə /uh/ -books:  a project space for photobook publishing at the London South Bank University where she also teaches photobook publishing.

Artistic practice, visual research, image archives, and publishing are some of the medium debated in this event:
How do we find ways to bring the productive chaos of artistic practice into the apparently seamless order of the artist’s book?
How do we develop a visual language that communicates page after page the content and materiality of artistic research?
Each artist will have their own method, and in this seminar, we will look at examples of publishing as artistic practice. Our aim is to analyse some of the ways research and artwork are integrated in ‘democratic multiples’ known as artists’ books.  
In this seminar, we will discuss varied publishing formats and approaches, and think of one’s studio as a platform for self- publishing. Tools and equipment useful for a ‘do it yourself’ approach are discussed as well as material features of the book that require solutions in the form of double-side printing, separation of the visual material into sections and imposition of the material into layout and sequence.

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Torn, Folded,Curled… in The Archive: Visual Culture In The Middle East Symposium.

Torn, Folded, Curled is a working term used at the Arab Image Foundation to categorise heavily damaged photographs that require special care in storage and preservation. It is also the title for a project started with photographic research at the Foundation followed by a publishing residency at PlanBEY that resulted in photobookworks and an exhibition in Beyrut (Makan, 2015).
In this session I shared how I developed three photobookworks Bayroumi, Super-Private and Today from the Arab Image Foundation photography collections and went on to publish them with Beirut based publisher PlanBey. I shared my way of being in a collections environment, how to research, how to collaborate, to get both powerful images and relevant text for great bookworks.

Further info here:

Torn, Folded, Curled: Orphan Photographs Sourced From the Arab Image Foundation 
(Crafting an Archaeology of the Recent Past, One Photobookwork at a Time).
The Archive: Visual Culture In The Middle East Symposium.
(Publishing as an Intellectual Design Platform: Lebanon)
Lebanese American University, School of Architecture & Design
Department of Art & Design symposium.
Organised by Yasmine Nachabe Taan and Melissa Plourde Khoury.
LAU Byblos campus, April 5, 2019

paula roush: SUPER – PRIVATE : SCENES 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6
SUPER – PRIVATE : SCENES 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

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Fellowship Higher Education Academy

This is the report on my teaching practice I presented to the Higher Education Academy to become a fellow

HEA Fellowship presentation slides

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The Page Turner at the V&A National Art Library

Page Turner: photographic archives, photobook works and self-publishing 
4 days workshop
National Art Library and msdm studio (day 1), London South Bank University School of Arts and Creative Industries print studios (days 2,3,4)
January 24- 27 2016

This course explores the intersection of photographic archives and photobook publishing.
Day 1: start at the V&A by visiting the National Art Library and get inspired by the photobooks in the artists’ books collection, followed by photographic research in msdm studio.
Days 2, 3, 4: The workshop continues at the London South Bank University at the art studios to develop photobook dummies, including photo narrative, sequencing, printing and binding.


BOOKI-studying photobooks

SKALA Gallery , Poznan, Polland
Booki. Studying Photobooks
Curated by Jarosław Klupś & Honza Zamojski ( University of the Arts in Poznan
Selection of books  by: Victoria Rowena Browne - Kunsthøgskolen, Oslo/ paula roush - London South Bank University/ Olja Triaška Stefanović - Vysoká škola výtvarných umení, Bratislava/ Vladimír Birgus - Institut tvůrčí fotografie, Slezské univerzity v Opavě/ Linn Schröder - Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften, Hamburg/ Jarosław Klupś - University of Art in Poznań.
November 25 – December 2, 2017

[press release] [Booki LSBU-catalogue of photobooks]   [ Booki poster ]

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photobook story-telling at Llotja

Post-digital Publishing and Story-telling in the Photobook
Contemporary print culture: the post-digital practice specifically applied to publishing
'Medium as practice' approach:
Narrative procedures for story-telling focused on the medium-specific elements of the book
(1) design
(2) physical interaction and
(3) engagement with vernacular publishing practices

Nave Arts del Llibre ESDA LLotja, seu de Sant Andreu Barcelona
20/04/18 18:30 h.

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super-private: artist’s talk

The process of researching a photographic collection is a subtle negotiation of understandings: the practice of acquiring and documenting photographs, the dialogue between digital and analogue format, the controlled environment of preservation, as well as conversation, accidents and mere chance encounters confronted with and within the space housing the collection.
Over the course of two weeks, London-based artist paula roush created work informed by her readings of the photographic collections at the Arab Image Foundation and her practice as an artist working with found photographs in both print and installation.

A talk by paula roush
The Arab Image Foundation
AIF Library: Zoghbi building, 4th floor 337, Gouraud Street Gemmayzeh
Thursday, July 2nd  2015

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A photographic project based around a contemporary health centre

Walking and photographing we explored the poetics of everyday life, investigated the relationship of place to memory, uncovered fragments of the former hospital’s history, documented processes of urban transformation and essayed personal responses to the space. The final artwork is these photographs that mirror photobooks created in editorial workshops during which we folded and sewed photographs into paper-based constellations. The images have been installed in the centre’s walls and printed as a newspaper photowork

ACAVA commissioned the studio to work with St Charles 6th Form College  Art and Photography students and their tutors to create a site-specific photographic project for  St Charles Centre for Health and Wellbeing in Ladbroke Grove area, West London.

first workshop: photographic research

In the  first workshop we started by looking at photobooks and photozines  that engage with sites/ places / spaces and debated what site-specific photographic work can do:

  • explore poetics of the everyday in the area- things that are not necessarily noticed but are part of day to day life
  • investigate  relationship of space to memory
  • document urban transformation
  • uncover fragments of historical urban landscape 
  • represent feelings, emotional response to the space
  • research a specific site through walking, drifting, getting lost

Photozines are a very tangible way to work in response to a place. Its immediacy allow for a quick representation of a subject or idea; and  they can be easily designed and printed with a home printer and photocopier. We looked at: Lucinda Smart's Let me take you by the hand, a photonewspaper work, Adam Murray's Winterthur photozine ,and our photobookzine Paintball Field, examples of photoworks that resulted from spending time photographing a place and sequencing the photographic series into a timeline that captures the lived experience of the place. 

We also had our first site visit and used the photo cameras for an initial photo-documentation of the centre. The history of the site can be traced back to 1879 when Saint Marylebone Infirmary was built in Rackham Street, Ladbroke Grove, to support the sick poor serviced by the Saint Marylebone Workhouse. Renamed in 1930 as St. Charles Hospital, some of this background story can be uncovered at Peter Higginbotham's workhouses site.

editorial workshops: book dummies

These are the amazing first photobook dummies produced during the subsequent editorial workshops, experimenting with design, printing and bookbinding.
Views of some of the books created by Chloe, Monet, Amy, Eden, Sundus, Jack, Kavita, Dominika and Zainab.

PDF of the collective  newspaper work here

Project by msdm/ paula roush for the St Charles Centre for Health and Wellbeing in North Kensington, West London. With St Charles College art students (fine arts, textiles and photography) and their tutors. Managed by Isabella Niven- ACAVA [Association for Cultural Advancement through Visual Art] in collaboration with St Charles College. With the support of Lorraine McGuinness, Meena Julien, Craig Wheatley and Melanie Rye. Funded by NHS West London Clinical Commissioning Group. Published by ACAVA.

 Photobooks by Kavita Mahabir-Singh, Eden Hawkes, Dominika Ostrowska, Sundus Abubaker, Amy Valance John-Brown, Zainab Jode, Jack Sheppard, Chloé Tomasin,Monet Jean-Charles.

2-3>Kavita Mahabir-Singh | Ever Changing 22 Pages 29 X 20.5
4-5>Eden Hawkes | Between Bricks Of Nature 8 Pages 14.8 X 21 cm
6-7>Dominika Ostrowska | Serenity 16 Pages 21 X 14.5 cm
8-9>Sundus Abubaker | Nature 8 Pages 14.8 X21 cm
10-11>Amy Valance John-Brown | As Nature Unfolds...9 Pages 19 X 13 cm (171cm total)
12-13>Zainab Jode | 16 Pages 14.8 X 21 cm
14-15>Jack Sheppard | Aperture 10 Pages 19.7 X 29.7 cm
16-17>Chloé Tomasin | Sitting Down Brings Back Memories… 8 pages 18.5 x 12.5 cm (148 cm total)
18-19>Monet Jean-Charles | Isolation 16 pages 14.8 X21 cm
1-20> paula roush | where shall we wander 72 pages 21 x 29.7 cm

Permanent installation at  St Charles Centre for Health & Wellbeing in North Kensington, West London, 2015


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