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  


mobile library  is msdm house-studio-gallery library,  clustered around the topics of art publishing, art writing, photobook publishing, photography, display (exhibitions, installation) and mediation (teaching, participation). 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, queer feminism, performance. 
A growing section is dedicated to boxed-books 
[unbound and or loose books in the format of boxes], providing insights into the ways artists explore themes of mobility, fluidity, water
and ecology in the medium of the artist’s book.

It is a reference library, used for research and teaching of art publishing, and open
to the public by appointment.  The content  is currently being catalogued with libib
[search online here]

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.




Upcoming  publication : WATER IN THE LIBRARY:  A guide to fluid publishing [working title]
Genre: art publishing, “bibliographic photo-text” paperback
Publication date:  2022

WATER IN THE LIBRARY   is a photo-textual bibliography of artists’books, photobooks, catalogues and monographs on the theme of water. It is an outcome of research started in 2021 as part of the project Liquid workshop, focused on experimental publishing that explores liquid materialities as artistic archival practices.

WATER IN THE LIBRARY is planned in three sections, with three key documentary materials
that propose a re-reading of a photographer’s studio library from a fluid (liquid)  perspective, interweaving processes of documentation with personal and research experiences.

The work is a distinctive instance of ‘reflexive self-archiving’ [emerging genre], being an auto-ethnographic study of a photographer with their photobook publishing studio /library at the center of study, production and archive of new work.






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