Jamaat (2018)

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

CreatorsMarsh, J.
CollaboratorsBrick Lane Jamme Masjid community
Inclusive Mosque Initiative
CinematographerJonathan Fuller-Rowell
Description

Assembly is a site-specific research project made in collaboration with Brick Lane Jamme Masjid community, Jamaat (2018) (translated from Arabic meaning assembly) was made and exhibited respecting the religious and cultural rules of the mosque. The mechanical recording device was used as an anonymous eye; in a culturally sensitive environment such as the mosque, the objectivity of the machine allowed entry to a place that is forbidden for a female non-Muslim.

The camera was not permitted to film in front of the people praying, nor could it show their faces. Subsequently, an automated rig was constructed to film from above, at a constant speed from the entrance to the Mihrab. The pre-recorded footage of the Jamaat prayer was then projected back into the architectural space using the same automated device. The controlled motorisation of the projection mirrors the movement of the recorded image, which gave the effect of only the frame moving through physical space, constantly revealing and concealing the actual site below. The projected image appeared to be multi-layered, as the image of the carpet mapped with the real carpet, whereas the bodies in prayer became ghostly illusions.

Jamaat questioned how the projected image relates to the real space and how the experience of the real space was mediated by the image. Both installations brought forth a very precise relationship between body and space, helped by the fact that the people it addressed are coming to worship and therefore invested in the place. 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?

Jamaat found a way to connect and engage the prayer spaces, allowing access for men and women to both sites. Each installation functioned as a self-making apparatus, in turn, making a broader argument about the triumph of lived space over representational space. At the end of the residency, the Jamme Masjid invited the general public into the main prayer hall and female prayer room, providing an opportunity for Muslims and non-Muslims to experience Jamaat first hand via the site-performances.

Jamaat was made using site-integrity, an interdisciplinary and process-driven research practice that questions the material, political and sensory representation of place. It is a site-specific and collaborative practice that builds direct social relationships with new audiences specific to the site. The research is essentially a performance art practice, exploring the comprehension of space as dualistically experienced and represented.

In order to explore the success of this proposed working methodology, this research seeks to answer the following questions:

• - How do relationships to sites affect the making and reception of the work?

• - How effective is this working methodology, and how do we evaluate it?

• - How can the differing interests of collaborators be shared meaningfully and productively?

• - Who will benefit from the findings in the wider community?

Date24 Oct 2018
FileFILMING IN MALE PRAYER ROOM.JPG
assembly production.JPG
Still from exhibition .JPG
PROJECTION IN FEMALE PRAYER ROOM.mov
Still from exhibition.JPG
MAIN PRAYER ROOM PROJECTION DOC SIDE.mov
still from exhibition copy.JPG
Keywordssite-specific
installation
documentary
collaboration
field work
film

Related outputs

Assembly: performing the materiality of Muslim prayer spaces
Marsh, J. Assembly: performing the materiality of Muslim prayer spaces.

Assembly: catalogue of research findings
Marsh, J. 2019. Assembly: catalogue of research findings . London

Assembly: Artist Talk at Closeup Film Centre
Marsh, J. 2018. Assembly: Artist Talk at Closeup Film Centre. Julie Marsh.

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

Lokomotywownia (2016)
Marsh, J. 2017. Lokomotywownia (2016). Płaszów, Poland

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

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

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