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
WIDE LOAD [ BRED LAST ] A House Moved
Tonia Carless Robin Serjeant paula roush
James Benedict Brown Matthew Hynam
Published by: msdm publications
The book is a photographic archive and text of a house move in Northern Sweden.
It considers the historic, cultural, technical and material significance of wholesale house moving (husflyttningar) in the region, through a single, historic house move in Umeå, 2021. The main frame of analysis is the spatial politics of un-building. It is an investigation of the vernacular mobility of shifting built and occupied forms in relation to a historic and future context of urban reconfiguration, a proposed architecture of de-growth in Northern Sweden.
The visual work explores context through the form of the book itself. It is also a potential model that constructs and translates analysis of the space. It is a collaborative architectural work to document the house move and other spatial productions, models, drawings and collage of the space beneath and between the ground and house, image projections, exhibitions and events, as public exchange.
The first iteration is a bookwork shown at
Relate North 10: Possible Futures Symposium and Exhibition
Yukon University (Yukon School of Visual Arts)
University of the Arctic’s Thematic Network on Arctic Sustainable Arts and Design (ASAD), and the University of Lapland [exhibition here]
January 27 & 28 2023
The second edition is a paperback for the opening of Smedjan UmArts
Umeå University Sweden
June 16 &17 2023
Funded by UmArts A Small Visionary Project Award