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

photograph of water in the library (installation detail) by swap studio


Discover the water in the library. From textbooks to visual books and photo-texts, explore how water shapes the bibliographic experience. Gain insights on water philosophies, hydro-feminism, ecological curatorial practices, and 'wet' artist books and photobooks. Dive into the depths of knowledge at msdm [mobile strategies of display & mediation]  WATER IN THE LIBRARY project.

A collection of photobooks, artists' books and ephemera (printed matter) on permanent display, which has grown from msdm collection and additional recent acquisitions focused on the theme of water, curated by paula roush.

Access the books catalogued up to now

For a more comprehensive search of the books in the WATER IN THE LIBRARY collection:

1. Enter the public online  libib catalogue
2. Enter the term 'water in the library' in in the ‘search’ field to search all collections
3. Select from ‘Filters.’ To explore our own typologies/taxonomies, search the Filter tags on the right hand column. Examples: water in the library, + photobook, + zine, + accordion, +book about books


Upcoming  publication: WATER IN THE LIBRARY:  A guide to fluid publishing [working title]
Genre: art publishing, “bibliographic photo-text” paperback
Publication date:  2023
WATER IN THE LIBRARY   is a photo-textual bibliography of artists’books,  photobooks, catalogues, monographs, critical theories on the theme of water. It is an outcome of research started in 2021 with the project liquid memories,  focused on experimental publishing that explores liquid materialities as artistic archival practices [see liquid memories bookwork here].

WATER IN THE LIBRARY is planned in three sections, with three key documentary materials that propose a re-reading of a photographer’s practice from a fluid (watery) perspective. Interweaving processes of documentation with personal and research experiences the studio library is at the center of study, production, and archive of emerging creative practice.

It is a reference library, used for research and teaching of art publishing, open to the public by appointment.  The content  is currently being catalogued with libib [search ONLINE CATALOGUE  here + ]. Tip: select the filter 'water in the library' (right hand column) or enter 'tags: water in the library' in the search bar].






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