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SALAT (2016)

Site-performance of  Salat , Birmingham Central Mosque, 2016.

Site-performance of Salat, Birmingham Central Mosque, 2016.

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?

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