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, 2016
Chaos of Memories: Surviving Archives and the Ruins of History According to the Found Photo Foundation

(...) like the artists’ studios analysed by Jenny Sjöholm (11) my studio can be seen as an experimental archive in itself, with all types of collected objects being taken out and incorporated into installations set-ups, silkscreen prints, photozines and other practices that translate the contents of the storage boxes into new patterns that further loose its connection to its original site of production. Thus, not surprisingly, it is frequently impossible to identify the provenance of the photographs on display in any of my installations.

 11 Jenny Sjöholm, “The Art Studio As Archive: Tracing The Geography of Artistic Potentiality, Progress and Production,” Cultural Geographies 21(3, 2014), 505– 514

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Publishing as Artistic Practice

Publishing as Artistic Practice: msdm publications. 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

All Inked Up

A UCA Research funded programme and enquiry into the notion of the artist book. It composed of an international artist book and print event spread over two venues: the Herbert Read Gallery, UCA Canterbury, and The Brewery Tap Gallery, Folkestone.
The exhibition (Unbound) featured five internationally acclaimed artists including paula roush/msdm.

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msdm publications

Photobook medium
Established as an imprint of the msdm  studio, “msdm publications” aim to create a small-scale model of  photobook publishing, encompassing photographic practice and book art processes. Projects are guided by artistic research and investigation of the  photobook medium. This allied to bespoke hand-made editions—in these days of automated print on demand— makes for a distinctive approach to photobook publishing. 

Curatorial projects include exhibitions, publications and performances exploring photobook art.
ə/h/-books and photobook pop-up are two parallel programmes of exhibitions, artists’ talks and publications developed in collaboration with Photography and Photobook learning at the London South Bank University.

Represented in public artists’ books collections worldwide, msdm publications are accessed by a broader audience and used as educational resources for students and researchers of photobook art.
A wide-range of presentations, from hands-on workshops to lectures about photobook publishing history and practices, hosted on msdm studio and at partner sites.

Arts Llibre Workshop ESDA LLotja Barcelona
Post-digital Publishing and Story-telling in the Photobook, 

EIFE Escola Informal de Fotografia do Espectáculo / Imago Photo Festival Lisbon

Social publishing
Free/low-cost photobook making workshops support art and humanitarian organisations, working directly with their artists to document, exhibit and publish their photographic archives, including work placement opportunities for photography students.


Lisbon Photobook Fair—
Page-turner workshops

V&A Academy—
Page-turner and the archive

CMR Project Space Cornwall—
Publishing as Artistic Practice

HS projects—
Open books: artists newspapers and QR codes.

198 Contemporary Arts & Learning Gallery, London—
Dreaming Through: Self-publishing for artists and educators


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