Paula Roush

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Senior Lecturer - Photography

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    Arts and Creative Industries / Film and Media

Paula Roush is an artist, researcher, teacher and the funder of MSDM (mobile strategies of display and mediation), a platform for research on art, technologies and politics. Relying on intertextual approaches, she uses video, photography and performative installation, linked to critical-theory discourses to explore social and gendered aspects of historical representation.

Examples of Paula's projects are: 

  • Participatory Architectures (Archive, Memory, Revolution)
  • Soundtrack for a cctv, Bowville, Arphield Recordings
  • the b*LOAN project
  • Protest Academy (What are we doing? What is happening to us? What needs to be done? I prefer not to)
  • SOS:OK (Save Our Souls: Zero Killings)

She has exhibited at: 

  • the Bauhaus Foundation, Dessau;
  • the Living Art Museum, Reykjavik;
  • GAK – Gesellschaft fur Aktuelle Kunst, Bremen; the Biennial of Prague;
  • Centre of Modern Art – Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon; P74 Gallery, Ljubljana; Transmediale and Sparwasser, Berlin;
  • EV+A, Limerick; K3, Zurich and Kunsthalle Exerngrass, Vienna.

Simultaneously, Paula has co-curated:

  • Local Worlds: Spaces, Visibilities and Transcultural Flows, Centro Cultural de Lagos (2008);
  • Welcome Goodbye Adeus Obrigada: Journeys, Dislocations and Imaginary Nations, Blue Elephant Theatre, London (2006);
  • Postscript: Portuguese Live Art in the Age of Scripted Reality, Space, London (2004); and Outsourcing: Creative Collision Between Artist and Curator, inIVA, London (2002).

She also teaches the theory module for the MA in Art and Media practice at the University of Westminster.

Paula conducts MA supervision in new media artistic and curatorial practices, artists publications, and performativity. She teaches the following undergraduate units:

Level 4 (Year 1)

  • Artistic approaches to photography and archives (part of Developing the Digital Image)

Level 5 (Year 2)

  • The photobook and Work Placement

Level 6 (Year 3)

  • Undergraduate supervision: research paper

Research interests

Art research practices and theories, with a particular focus on its intersections with social media and free culture education networks.


  • Artists approaches to archives, especially photographic archives, and counter-archival strategies
  • Youth cultures, notably gender aspects, and online-offline post-subcultures as academic and artistic/photographic subject
  • Artists publications, self-publishing practices, and print on demand digital press, especially the photobook
  • Performativity and surveillance space, webcamming and web spectatorship
  • Social media, the classroom of the read-write web, with a focus on social networking and micro-blogging as part of the teaching and learning tool kit
  • Second life as an art/research/teaching environment and field work/ photographic research in immersive virtual worlds
  • Digital writing, academic blogging and performative dissertations
  • Research art practices, artists' uses of ethnographic methods and auto-ethnography

Essays in books

From webcamming to social life-logging: intimate performance in the surveillant-sousveillant space. Chapter in Conspiracy dwellings: surveillance in contemporary art. Edited by Pam Skelton and Outi Remes. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Forthcoming April 2010.

Publishing friends: social publishing networks and learners as produsers. (with Ruth Brown). Chapter in Educational social software for context-aware learning: collaborative methods and human interaction. Edited by Niki Lambropoulos and Margarida Romero. Hershey, PA: IGI Global, 2009.

Spaces, visibilities and transcultural flows: diasporic strategies in the local worlds. Essay in Mundos Locais Local Worlds. Edited by paula roush & Lucia Marques. Lagos: Centro Cultural de Lagos, 2008. Download the catalogue pdf or read the essay at scribd.

Essays in journals

Download fever

Photography, subcultures and online-offline counter-archival strategies. Photographies Vol. 2, No. 2, September 2009. Visual essay in Photographies Journal, Vol. 2 Photography and Education Special Issue and Symposium Issue. Eds. Andrew Dewdney and Martin Lister. Taylor & Francis.

Social Networking and Authentic Engagement

Students as "Produsers. (with Ruth Brown) Learning & Teaching e-Journal, Issue 1, Volume 1. View full paper online (lsbu members only). Download essay [pdf] 288KB.

Between snapshots and avatars

Using visual methodologies for fieldwork in Second Life (with Ming Nie & Matthew Wheeler). Journal of Virtual Worlds Research Volume 2, Number 1 (April 2009): Pedagogy, Education and Innovation in Virtual Worlds. Interactive Online Exhibits and Demonstrations. Download essay [pdf]

Francis Alys: The Clandestine way

Pedestrian everyday under CCTV or how to walk the path of least surveillance. Dardo Magazine n.4 feb-may (2007) 138-155. Download the essay [pdf] or read it at scribd.

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