|Collaborators||Birmingham Central Mosque|
|Brick Lane Jamme Masjid|
|Inclusive Mosque Initiative|
Assembly is a body of work and ongoing research, which performs the materiality of Muslim prayer space. Assembly is a series of site-specific installations, comprising of 1:1 scaled moving floor projections with 5.1-surround sound. As the audience enters each prayer site the projection is activated, revealing a pre-recorded film of congregational prayer. The controlled motorisation of the projection re-traces the movement of the recorded image, giving the effect of only the frame moving through physical space, constantly revealing and concealing the actual site below. The digital moving image hovers improbably above its ‘real’ counterpart, providing an opportunity to experience prayer in situ, via the site-performance.
Previous research into Muslim sites of worship has mostly been conducted as theological and sociological studies, which neglect to acknowledge the performativity of Muslim prayer. Assembly aims to address this through a series of site-specific artworks that directly engage with the materiality of site. Each site-specific artwork is made in collaboration with the community, respecting the religious and cultural rules of each specific site. Assembly has been made and exhibited in two Mosques, Birmingham Central Mosque in 2016 and Brick Lane Mosque in London 2018/9.
Salat (2016) was made by and for Birmingham Central Mosque congregation. 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 their projected image of self relates to the real space and how the experience of the real is mediated by the image.
Site-integrity is a term coined by Julie Marsh during her practice-based PhD at London College of Communication, University of the Arts, London. It is now used as a working methodology bringing specialists from different fields together to explore the integrity to each site of investigation. Site-integrity is 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.
|Web address (URL)||http://www.site-integrity.com|
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