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
32 pages | 20 cm x 14 cm
laser printed black & white on corona offset 120g
styling rebecca davies
model eleanor turnbull
hair hirokazu endoo
A collaboration with carpark magazine #13
Office Kabbalah was photographed at Electric House,
a grade II listed building in the heart of East Croydon
when it was closed and waiting for redevelopment.
The photographs survey the compression
of two uses of the building that signal the heritage
(official or not) of Croydon public services architecture.
The first era of the building, and the overlooked influence
of alchemy and metaphysics, in the work of British architect
Robert Atkinson, commissioned by the County Borough of
Croydon to create the Electricity showrooms,
between 1939 and 1942.
And the second life of the building as the infamous
UK Border Agency, modernised from the original showrooms
into offices and interview rooms in the 1990s.