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

TITLE PROJECT: ə-books project space for material publishing
AUTHOR: paula roush
MEDIUM: Artist's run space
EXHIBITIONS: 10
PUBLICATIONS: 5
LOCATION: Student's Centre London South Bank University
103 BoroughRoad, Elephant & Castle. London 
YEAR: 2016-2018

ABOUT THE PROJECT

The Project space was created to explore the reciprocal
relationship between gallery and publication as
exhibition spaces.
Its intention:
 to supplement and extend  the taught
photobook publishing programme as well as making a
contribution to current debates around photobook
publishing and curating.
The programme alternated the presentation of students'
photobook works with photobook publishing projects by
guest photographers, aiming to promote a dialogue
between students, lecturers and guest artists.

An exercise in the use of liminal space for indie publishing, 
the project started with the occupation of two vacant spaces
at the front 
and back entrance to the Students’ Centre at the London South Bank University 
With its two walk-in vitrines, the spaces acted as a folio
(a double side printed page) between the interior and
exterior of the building, offering a public display interface
for photobook works.
The project ended when the Students' Union gave the space
to the Amazon corporation to place one of their lockers. 
The project's signage remain visible.
For the second year of activity, the project used the
University's Borough Road Gallery.

ə-books #1  Lara Gonzalez:
made and published 

ə-books #2  Martin Toft and Gareth Syvret: Atlantus

ə-books #3  Amy Warwick:
Blame your parents [a photozine of
post-teenage years] 


ə-books #4 Marc Vallée:
Vandals and the city

ə-books #5  Jessica Brouder:
I Believe in You

ə-books #6  Andreia Alves de Oliveira:
River Boats & Inner Thoughts

ə-books #7  Héloïse Bergman: 
The Dying Art


ə-books #8 Tadej Pogačar + Dejan Habicht:
HU? Pre-Brexit Tour

ə-books #9 Jens Masmann:
L ND N 

ə-books #10 Unveil’d:
Photobook #01

Project's archive: http://uhbooks.tumblr.com/

ə/uh/-books research programme

ə/uh/-books research programme has taken on various formats ranging from installation and presentations to the production of editions through commissions and collaborative workshops,
This research  has been disseminated nationally and
internationally, including
 -All Inked up Kentʼs International Artist Book & Print Event 
UCA Canterbury & The Brewery Tap Folkestone
KHiO Publishing Studio Oslo National Art Academy
- PRINTed #4 Singular publications at EINA  Centre Universitari
de Disseny i Art/ UAB Autonomous University of Barcelona
- Arts Llibre Worshop  at ESDA LLotja Escola d’Arts i Oficis de Barcelona, Spain.

About  ‘uh’:

It is that inexplicable thing…a kind of a “huh?” … described by Ed Ruscha to Willoughby Sharp in a 1973 interview, as a feeling evoked by some photobook works …
WS: … It seems to me that this approach is something you pioneered with Twenty-six Gasoline Stations precisely because the idea had priority over the execution, which you made as anonymous as possible. You shot fifty stations and pared them down to twenty-six so the original idea carried. I’m interested in your reaction to that.
ER: I realized that for the first time this book had an inexplicable thing I was looking for, and that was a kind of a “Huh?” That’s what I’ve always worked around. All it is is a device to disarm somebody with my particular message. A lot of artists use that.
WS: Give me some examples of “Uh.”
ER: I don’t know, somebody digging a hole out in the desert and calling it sculpture. You know, it’s a surprise to people.
 WS: Would Duchamp be the first “Uh” artist?
ER: I think that would be spelled H-U-H, with a question mark. […] I just use that word to describe a feeling that a lot of artists are attempting to bring out, and some are doing it very well.

In “…A kind of a “Huh?”: An interview with Ed Ruscha” by
Willoughby Sharp, originally published in Avalanche 7, 1973

 

 ə/uh/-books publications

I BELIEVE IN YOU
Jessica Brouder
new photobook work crossing the boundaries between sculpture, weaving and publishing.
edition 0f 100
See here

RS FILES London – Munich To Be Continued
collective photobookwork,  based on a set of rules created for the workshop Self-Publishing and the Photobook, March 9th 2018
paula roush and Jens Masmann
Featuring folios by:  Amelia Attle / Raluca Babos / Emma Bircham / Razvan Bronda / Iga Cegielko / Kate Gentry / Jessica Hansson / Isabella Hewlett / Peter Di-Mola Jordan / Kyle Jackson /Charlotte Joseph / Tomasz Klimara / Jai Mills /Daisy Morey / Micah Morgan / Regan Ross / Sam Sutton /Isaac Watson

THE SCALES OF PUBLISHING/ ə-books #1 zine
conversation between paula roush and Lara Gonzalez
On the occasion of the exhibition made and published 
[ProCreate Project]
ə-books project space for photobook publishing
May 25th- June 24th 2016

ATLANTUS NEWSPAPERS: AN OCEAN BETWEEN
HIGH- AND LOWBROW INDIE PUBLISHING #2 zine
conversation between paula roush, Martin Toft
and Gareth Syvret
On the occasion of the exhibition Atlantus
A transoceanic photography project
ə-books project space for photobook publishing
June 28th- August 28th 2016

BLAME YOUR PARENTS: DOING IT YOURSELF WITH
VINTAGE FILM CAMERAS AND GOOD OLD PAPER ZINES
/ə-books #3 zine 
conversation between Amy Warwick and paula roush
On the occasion of the exhibition Blame your parents 
[a photozine of post-teenage years]
September 14th- October 12th 2016

About [ə] the upside down e or schwa

It is the ‘uh’ sound found in an unstressed syllable, like the final vowel of “sofa.”
It’s the most common vowel sound in English. 
Before people started calling it “schwa”
in English (around 1895) it had a lot of nicknames: the murmur vowel, the indeterminate vowel, the neutral vowel, the obscure vowel, and this is why it is a good vowel to refer to photobook works, a contested term that remains under scrutiny (the eternal debate: is it a ‘photobook’, a ‘photographic book’ or a ‘photographically illustrated book’?) in spite of its established position within the history of photography.

 

msdm   is  Mobile  Strategies  of  Display  &   Mediation
 a nomadic House — Studio — Gallery for photographic art
curatorial research, expanded practice of the artist's book
photobook publishing  and peer - to - peer collaborations 

 

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paula roush 
founder


paularoush@gmail.com

House—Studio—Gallery
London SE


msdm@msdm.org.uk

school of arts  & creative industries  
london south bank university


roushp@lsbu.org.uk