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

collective publishing practices

three collaborative experimental publishing projects :::
liquid memories, road less travelled press + photobook popup


In May 2022, mobile strategies (of display & mediation, aka msdm)  – incubated and hosted a one-day event at the Borough Road Gallery, intersecting three experimental publishing projects- liquid memories,
road less travelled press vol.0/1 and photobook popup, each of whom represent distinctive modes of collective publishing.

Liquid memories ~ to read with water, developed with 23 co-authors, through a commission and residency (Jan - Mar 2021), was presented
at the Borough Road gallery. The installation displayed the loose
sections in a live editorial lab installation, with the visitors invited to create their own liquid memories from the 55 unbound pamphlets,  posters, cards and photographs – and compiling their personalised  photobook, 
an individual  constellation of printed matter from the exhibition installation. Each reader took from 40 minutes to 2 hours to complete the process, which included creating the clear enclosure, printing it with a unique monotype of acrylic gold, folding  and cutting specific sections, registering the edition number and signing their own “original copy.”

Road Less Travelled Vol. 0/1 : developed with 23 co-authors (no connection) started as an invitation to friends — to make a publication which became an invitation and catalyst for future volumes and other publications, each one expanding on ideas of the Road Less Travelled: how to invite others to share their experiences of kindness, care, protest and direct action in public space; and how can we make and circulate a publication together? During 2021, contributions developed through email exchanges, conversations and a shared google document. Designer Rose Nordin shared ideas and worked on the publication layout. Riso pages were printed by Jordan Taylor/ Pagemasters.

The launch at the Borough road gallery kicked off with a reading group, ‘moving at the speed of trust’: a collective reading of ‘Toolkit for Cooperative, Collective & Collaborative Cultural Work’ by Press Press & The Institute for Expanded Research and sharing ideas & experiences on collaboration, process & trust. Followed by a participatory book binding workshop, participants invited to collate & bind copies for themselves, friends and others, share their ideas on dissemination and circulation for this and future volumes.

Photobook popup is a project space for experimental photobook publishing dedicated to the presentation of emerging photobookworks created during the module Self-publishing and the photobook, part of 
Photography at the School of Arts and Creative Industries. M
ay 2022 marks the 5th iteration of the popup.




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