Where Opinions Meet

This research project examined the design of two mosques in Eindhoven; the Turkish ‘Fatih’ Mosque and the Moroccan ‘Al Fourqaan’ mosque. The result was shown during the Dutch Design Week 2010. The work is constructed out of 40 interviews with members of the mosque community, neighbors and passersby, who were asked about their opinions regarding the design of the buildings. They were given the opportunity to propose possible modifications. Their suggestions and motivations were recorded and used for two animations showing both 20 transformations in a sequence of 10 minutes. The work was an experiment to analyze the position of the Islam in the Netherlands and a way to discuss its current social political position. The animations revealed a broad range of different views and confronted the participants with the consequences of their opinions.