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

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BOOKI-studying photobooks

SKALA Gallery , Poznan, Polland
Booki. Studying Photobooks
Curated by Jarosław Klupś & Honza Zamojski ( University of the Arts in Poznan
Selection of books  by: Victoria Rowena Browne - Kunsthøgskolen, Oslo/ paula roush - London South Bank University/ Olja Triaška Stefanović - Vysoká škola výtvarných umení, Bratislava/ Vladimír Birgus - Institut tvůrčí fotografie, Slezské univerzity v Opavě/ Linn Schröder - Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften, Hamburg/ Jarosław Klupś - University of Art in Poznań.
November 25 – December 2, 2017

[press release] [Booki LSBU-catalogue of photobooks]   [ Booki poster ]

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THE BOOK DISPERSED

A space for practitioners to come together, read, think and discuss a highly significant aspect of contemporary visual culture, ie the rich and diverse methods found in books produced by artists.

The Book Dispersed
With: Beatriz Albuquerque,  Patrícia Almeida & David-Alexandre Guéniot, Ana Alvim, Isabel Baraona, Ricardo Basbaum, Stanislav Brisa, Jessica Brouder, Catarina F. Cardoso, Isabel Carvalho, Paulo Catrica, André Cepeda, João Paulo Serafim, Margarida Correia, Renato Ferrão & Susana Gaudêncio, Julie Cook, Inês M. Ferreira, Os Espacialistas, Ana Fonseca, Lara Gonzalez, Dejan Habicht, Michael Hampton, Teresa Huertas, Andrea Inocêncio, Calum F. Kerr, Sharon Kivland, Tanja Lažetić, Catarina Leitão, Ana Madureira, Fernando Marante, Daniela de Moraes, Eugénia Mussa, Eva-Maria Offermann, Andreia Alves de Oliveira, José Oliveira, Susana Paiva, Tadej Pogacar, Pedro Proença, Carla Rebelo, Eduardo Sousa Ribeiro, Mireille Ribière, Sara Rocio, paula roush, Ana João Romana & Susana Anágua, paula roush, Manuela São Simão, Ana Santos, Kim Svensson, Francisco Tomsich, Francisco Varela, Rodrigo Vilhena, Emmanuelle Waeckerle and Gillian Wylde.
Curated by Media Instáveis/ Unstable Media [paula roush, margarida carvalho, ana carvalho, sofia ponte]
Casa das Artes (Rua Ruben A, 210) + Sput&Nik the Window (Rua Bonjardim, 1340), Porto, Portugal
September 24 -October 28, 2017
[press release] [project tumblr] [Unstable Media: Unstable Media, constructions and disruptions Portuguese Small Press Yearbook 2017]

The Book Dispersed is a space for practitioners to come together, read, think and discuss a highly significant aspect of contemporary visual culture, ie the rich and diverse methods found in books produced by artists.

In the 1960s and 1970s the artists’ book came to be seen as an alternative, democratic platform largely free from commercial and/or institutional control, which could be accessed in the private sphere. With the rapid development of digital technology and the consequent rise of the internet one might have expected the book to have become less relevant as an artistic medium, yet this has not come to pass. That digital technology has made it easier and less costly for artists to produce and distribute their work worldwide is certainly a contributing factor, but given its creative potential, couldn’t the artists’ book also provide a format that not only challenges exhibition norms, but actually expands their horizons?

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UNBOUND exhibition

The exhibition comprises works of four artists who work within the boundaries of the Artist Book, outlining the diverse nature of the book format, from sequential narrative to mapping and code to installation and interactive pieces. The common thread of the book is also expressed in the artist’s production methods through various print methods and sequencing within their work.

Bookwork
The Beauties of DECOMPOSITION
Vitrine installation
Unbound exhibition views, Herbert Read Gallery, Canterbury

By the gallery entrance, a museological display case contains The Beauties of Decomposition, collaboration with Michael Hampton. Concept-specific paper is a refined substrate in the world of the artists’ book. The logic of the work is materially inscribed in the fibres of handmade paper. In the case of The Beauties of Decomposition, the paper’s meaning is derived from ‘The Book Dispersed’ project. This special edition contains a paper specimen composed of pulp from the abortive funding application for ‘The Book Dispersed’ an exhibition devised by the collective Media Instaveis/Unstable Media I am part of, blended with pulp from Michael Hampton’s magnum opus Unshelfmarked: Reconceiving the artist’s book (author’s copy), together with extra pulp from Samuel Smiles’s Self-Help (a print on demand copy purchased on eBay). The book, dedicated to the late Auto-Destructive artist and activist Gustav Metzger, is a work about dispersion in the form of a conversation between scattering and collecting/organising.

At the centre of the exhibition are four new editions of Flora McCallica. These works- two hanging installations and two books on display tables- have historical and biographical references, mixing orphan photographs dated 1958 found in the Lisbon flea market, and botanical specimens from an herbarium dated 1920s discarded by London Kew Gardens. Like pieces of evidence altered by the passage of time, the silkscreen and stone lithography prints have stains and patterns that are unique to each print.

Another work recreated for this exhibition is Participatory architectures (how to build your own living structures), a work inspired by the outdated remains of a 20th century architectural utopia, a village developed as part of national housing project code-named SAAL, the experimental programme of peoples’ right to place emerged in the short experience of participatory democracy during the Portuguese revolution. The sculpture includes two oversize book covers referring to the Self-build movement in Portugal and the USA, and the newspaper The past persists in the present in the form of a dream (participatory architectures, archive and revolution) documenting a SAAL village facing extinction.

Areopagitica (Milton’s Nose) is a table assemblage with self-published newspaper and clay noses created by students at St. Paul’s School ceramic studios. Through collage, studio portraiture and found material, the work references two earlier self-published pamphlets: John Milton’s 1644 Areopagitica and David Bomberg’s 1919 Russian Ballet.

Unbound: David Faithful,  Jo Milne, paula roush & Print City
October 20 – November 9, 2017
curated by Rob McDonald
Herbert Read Gallery, University for the Creative Arts Canterbury
[artists' statements]  [ All Inked Up programme newspaper]  [gallery website]

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