Salat (2016)

Marsh, J. 2016. Salat (2016) . Birmingham Central Mosque

CreatorsMarsh, J.
CollaboratorsBirmingham Central Mosque
Description

Salat (2016) is made and performed in collaboration with Birmingham Central Mosque congregation. The research proposes a new approach to site-specificity; a collaboration between community, artist, machine and site. A key concern is how the collaboration between artist and congregation can inform much of the decision-making around production. Bespoke mechanical rigs perform a dual function, firstly, to record site and secondly to playback the footage in syncronised time and space.

Salat (2016) brings forth a precise relationship between body and space, helped by the fact that the people it addresses are coming to worship and therefore invested in the place. The congregation question how the projected image relates to the real space and how the experience of the real space is mediated by the image.

Salat (2016) challenges ideas about what such happen in a sacred space as the worshippers physically re-oriented themselves to their own image, witnessing the projected image of their body move over their physical body in the site. It could be argued that there is already a form of site-integrity in the mosque because of the religious and social practices that happen there. How much are the religious practices responsible for defining a mosque?

Interviews with the congregation during the site-performance were transmitted live, alongside a screening of the empty prayer space as part of Contact festival at Apiary studios in London, a festival of experimental film and video showing the work of artists and filmmakers. Accompanied by a publication commissioned by the arts council England.

Date2016
Filemarsh-salat1-2.JPG
Salat mosque projection.jpg
marsh-salat2.JPG
salat floor no people.mov
Media typeVideo
Keywords site-specific, experimental film
Web address (URL)https://www.contactscreenings.co.uk/contact-festival-programme

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Marsh, J. 2018. Jamaat (2018). Brick Lane Mosque

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Pestera (2015)
Marsh, J. 2015. Pestera (2015). Atelier Contemporary Art Space, Bucharest

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Marsh, J. 2018. Assembly Exhibition Catalogue. London Julie Marsh.

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