Assignment 3: Animating in situ: The Mosquedocumentary, Cambridge

TASK: Make an animation that responds to a place in some way.
Find a particular place or ‘site’ and draw inspiration from it. Make an animation in response to its particular qualities and contexts.
You could use a personal, shared or a public space. The type of space and your approach to it is entirely up to you. You could develop your own ‘landscape animation’ by working directly in and on the space (see further below), or you can respond to the brief by working digitally, drawing attention to the context, history or other aspects of this place.
Once you have chosen your site, do as much research as possible – both visual research and conceptual. Make short animated tests to try out techniques and ideas. Pull together diagrams, writings, rough storyboards and a scratch track.
Place all of these into an animatic and work into this animatic making different drafts as you go along.
Upload your animation, animatic(s) and any other supporting material to your learning log.

About the Cambridge Mosque

He is a photographer. Architecture photographer. Has lived here 40 years.

Not a very oriental mosque. Goes back to simple nature. Gothic fan vaulting like Kings College chapel.

Is a British and Cambridge mosque. Get lots of visitors straight from station.

Question what is a mosque in European context. Max Barfield.

20-30% from solar. Solar was donated. Daylight hours does not need electric.

Rainwater harvest for garden and toilets.

Light coloured bricks are typical Cambridge. Dark are over windows. Victoria era design.

3 aspects Islamic art. Abstract to focus on god.

Calligraphy exterior and interior. Kufic outside. Inside is Ottoman-style. On front is story about Moses.

Geometric patterns.floor 8 point star turns to petals.

Plants and trees. No animals or people.

Books outside are part of exhibition.

Prayer is by the moon.

Ablution can be done at home. Mens linear. Women circular.

Importance of light.

In portico the big wooden ‘trees’ echo garden.

1 imam from Turkey. Another from Bosnia. But anyone can lead a prayer. Earth to earth.

Tries to link in with Mecca. 19th century bit of qaaba.

Either side ofmehrab are two 16C tiles from Dome of Rock in Jerusalem.

More and more women now coming.

Barak Akhan was studying politics here. Had cancer. Did a lot of f7ndrais8ng half a million from death bed. Have relationship witg MacMillan Foundation.

Students have played a key role.students estab first mosque Mitchams Corner. Someones room. Then moved Mill Road. Now communitt are more involved.

Cat Stevens donated.

Gallery ventilation grills. Ihsan.