Siting Cinema 2016-21

Rio Cinema, London / Regnet Street Cinema, Lonodn

Siting Cinema visually explores the cinema space as ‘site’ through a series of film installations made in independent art cinemas across the UK.  Cinema has become an industry under threat and siting cinema celebrates this ‘social practice’ by drawing the audience’s attention to the physical space in which they are seated.  Siting cinema attempts to interrogate the physical and perceptual relationship to the cinema as site, where the cinema screen, the mechanical rig and by extension the position of the viewer are all part of that equation. The cinema audience is forced to actively look, engage and experience the site.

The cinema is first filmed using the 360-degree camera, recording every detail of the empty architectural site, with the house lights on and the curtains closed. The pre-recorded film of the auditorium is then projected onto the cinema screen. There is a curious interaction between the camera’s monocular viewpoint and the space through which it moves. Rather than considering these mechanical rigs in terms of what they mean for the camera, this work argues for an understanding of how it allows for new explorations and perceptions of the site. The same rig is then used to track the movement of the recording device, by replacing the camera with a laser. As the audience ‘maps’ the projection to the laser within the ‘physical’ cinema space, a complex relationship occurs between artwork, audience and site.


Reference Rio
Rio Cinema, London

In collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum and architect Shahed Saleem the Three British Mosques exhibition was made for the Applied Arts Pavilion at the 2021 Venice Biennale. The pavilion looked at the self-built world of adapted mosques through 1:1 reconstructions of their highly decorative mihrabs, minbars and other architectural elements.


Reference Regent
Regent Street Cinema, London

This multi-media installation will introduce the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of London's oldest Nigerian community, the Old Kent Road Mosque. Through this exhibition, the curators question the nature of a community archive and explore how the narratives of community members are embedded in and told through the architecture of their sacred spaces.