Pray-o-Mat on TV Tonight
27 July 12
At a recent conference, the AHRC/ESRC Religion & Society-funded Multifaith Spaces Project showcased the pray-o-mat; the creation of a German artist Oliver Sturm. A video of Oliver's presentation can be found here.
The University of Manchester recently put out a press release, and the media interest has been overwhelming, providing the team with space to talk about the wider research project, and findings. In particular, the role of the pray-o-mat as an thought-provoking intervention into debates around institutional faith provision, and the many issues that pertain when different traditions are 'housed' within the same physical space.
Inevitably, some journalists were initially keen to view the pray-o-mat as some form of packaged 'solution', and some scepticism was displayed on newspaper message boards. We will summarise this coverage, and the questions and issues raised, in a future newsletter.
The coverage can be found on Google news (including Guardian/Daily Mail pieces):http://tinyurl.com/d48uvj8
In addition, the team have recorded a TV interview for Granada Reports (which will be shown tonight - 6pm, Friday 27th July, editorial changes notwithstanding), the BBC World Service, CBC (Canada) and will be interviewed on a variety of regional BBC outlets on Sunday 29th July, alongside a pre-recorded piece on the Radio 4 programme 'Sunday' at 7.10am.