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
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 [ + ].