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

Office Kabbalah

Office Kabbalah
32 pages | 20 cm x 14 cm | laser printed black & white on corona offset 120g | unbound
styling rebecca davies |model eleanor turnbull | hair hirokazu endoo
A collaboration with carpark magazine #13

Office Kabbalah was photographed on  the space currently known as Electric House, a grade II listed building in the heart of East Croydon that is today closed and waiting redevelopment. 

The photographs survey the compression of two uses of the building that signal the heritage (official or not) of Croydon public services architecture.
On the one hand, shows the 1st 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 -1942.
And, on the other hand, it exposes the second life of the building as the infamous UK Border Agency, which was modernised from the original showrooms into offices and interview rooms in the 1990s.


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paula roush 

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school of arts  & creative industries  
london south bank university