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
paula roush* is a Portuguese photographer and educator,
based in London. Her artistic practice combines
mobile strategies of display & mediation [msdm]
crossing many fields, ranging from mobility studies
to feminist philosophies, driven by the intersections
of archives, photographic materialities and printed matter.
her imprint msdm publications is an independent publisher
of artist books and photographic editions.
msdm project has been exhibited and published extensively, including presentations at the Institute of International Visual Arts and [ Space ] (London); Herbert Read Gallery (Canterbury); Arab Image Foundation (Beirut); Museu da Electricidade, Museu do Chiado, Museu da Cidade (Lisbon); Bauhaus Foundation (Dessau); Living Art Museum (Reykjavik); P74 Gallery (Ljubljana); Sparwasser (Berlin); EV+A (Limerick); K3 (Zurich) and Kunsthalle Exerngrass (Vienna).
paula teaches photography at the London South Bank University.
in the School of Arts and Creative Industries
where she leads:
- Photography and the Gallery [see exhibitions here]
- Self-publishing and the photobook [see publications here]
and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy [+].
Founded in 1998 as an art collective,
msdm has in 2015 taken the form of
with its own imprint, msdm publications.
The project, with its sequential use of vacant buildings
combines mobile strategies of temporary urbanism
with those of contemporary artists' museums.
Exhibitions and curatorial projects are both
sites of display and sites of mediation
and integrate collective tactics
for peer to peer research-creation.
This interweaving of artistic practice with its mediation
is presented in installation and publishing.
"The visual interpretation of space production,
from everyday spatial practice to contested spatiality,
has been a consistent pursuit of my practice.
Over the last five years, the focus has been the artist’s house–studio–gallery,
a creative model of place-making defined by its triple purpose
of living, making and curating.
Four live-work self-contained units have been transformed into
temporary house–studio–galleries whilst becoming the locus for
a photographic practice focused on its intimate spaces
and outdoors context, an expanded container
for domestic life, artistic production and exhibition-making.
These temporary spaces, being first and foremost
archaeological sites of the contemporary past,
provide opportunities to explore a variety of methodologies
for photographic practice, including psychogeography and autoethnography.
How to represent the psychic experience of architecture and urban space?
Trace the buildings’ past histories, personal and social narratives
contained within their walls, memories of industrial labour, materials and services?
Document our presence and involvement in the transition into cultural economies?"
Read "Expanded Practice of the Artist’s Book:
Immersion in The Artist’s Museum" [here]
Current practice and research about art and photobook publishing
has developed in parallel, each bookwork mirroring this probing
into the psychic nature of architecture and the poetics of place,
both interiors and urbanscape.
The reading experience is, in each case, an interplay
between the architecture of the building
and the visual structure of the book.
For the REF Portofolio "Photobooks as sequential archives.
Researching photobook publishing through the integration
of photographic and book art practices"
We are currently working on multiple collective projects and publications:
-Liquid Memories with Francisco Varela, a collaborative transdisciplinary
project focused on water as theme and medium in photographic archives,
developing liquid methodologies for photobook publishing
-Studio/ Archaeology with Tonia Carless and UWE University of West of England,
an interior architecture project documenting msdm space through a cross-section
of representational approaches including photogrammetry, narrative/ documentary context and book art.
- CREiA: Creative Attentive Studio with Ines Amado, an experiential online course focused on deep listening and creative exercises, piloted in 2020 during lockdown,
to address issues of self-confinement, isolation and the need for tools that support reflective creative practice.
Other initiatives include:
- the orphan photography collection Found Photo Foundation
- the art publishing platform Page-Turner,
- ə (uh)-books project space for material publishing
paula has served as external critic and examiner to Masters and PhD dissertations in the areas of photography, photographic archives
and art publishing, most recently Piet Zwart Institute
– Postgraduate Studies in Art and Design Willem de Kooning,
Academy Rotterdam University, and Edinburgh College of Art
at The University of Edinburgh.
*NOTE: artistic name is intentionally written in all lowercase font.
Please do not use standard capitalisation.