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

photography msdm studio by moose azim, march 2023

paula roush*

I am an  artist and educator based in London, UK.  I am interested in inter / trans / post / disciplinary photographic practices  and the intersection of artists’ publishing with ecologically oriented posthuman feminism. 
My main references are bookworks that take wet nature as source / inspiration and cultivate an aesthetic of variation, of process over product, to emphasise mutability over final form. Works that are thematically and formally related to: water, land, the more-than-human that includes sentient plant and animal life. In this conception, fluid publishing offers a model for time, space, and matter in relational flux. 

This has led to two main strands of research, encapsulated under the acronym ‘msdm,’ four letters that synthesize a practice characterised by ‘mobile strategies of display & mediation.’ 

 1- msdm house-studio-gallery: research into the affordances of inner-city vacant buildings as creative spaces and as a model for a live/work artist’s run space

2- msdm publications: publishing as artistic practice,  experimental editorial design, and the book as exhibition space.

The collaborative practice is based on three main activities: publications, exhibitions, and workshops. Projects include:
"page-turner" collective [ + ],
photobook pop-up [ +
found photo foundation [ +

I currently teach art photography and photobook publishing in the Photography course at the School of Arts and Creative Industries, London South Bank University. I am a member of the Centre for the Study of the Networked Image [ + ]  and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy [ + ].

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