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
mobile library is msdm house-studio-gallery library, clustered around the topics of art publishing, art writing, photobook publishing, photography, curatorial practices, display (exhibitions, installation)
and mediation (teaching, collaboration, collective publishing, participatory practices).
It is a reference library, used for research and teaching of art publishing, open to the public by appointment.
Access the books catalogued up to now https://www.libib.com/u/msdm
For a more comprehensive search of the books in the msdm collections:
1. Enter the public online libib catalogue
2. Enter a term in in the ‘Search’ field to search all collections
3. Select from ‘Filters.’ To explore our own typologies/taxonomies, search the Filter tags on the right hand column. Examples: photobook, photo-text, book about books, water in the library, zine, accordion
There are special collections, such as artists’ newspapers, artzines, photozines, photographic editions, multiples, artists’ postcards, posters, and subcollections on topics such as space, archive, documentation, feminist practices, performance, fashion publishing.
A growing section is dedicated to mobile books [unbound and or loose books, gathered in the format of boxes and custom-made enclosures], providing insights into the ways artists explore themes of mobility, fluidity, water and ecology in the medium of the artist’s book.
We currently host a collection of photobooks, artists' books and ephemera (printed matter) on permanent display, which has grown from our collection and additional recent acquisitions focused on the theme of water. [more about Water in the Library project here]