James Clar | Bio
James Clar is an American visual artist who uses technology as a medium to critique the dissociative affects of technology itself.
James Clar, media art, lighting art, light art, pop art, interactive art, led art, minimal, installation, 3d cube, jamesclar, light and space, new media, American visual artist, medium, dissociative, disruptive technology, technology
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James Clar studied film and animation at New York University and received is Masters from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunication’s Program. There he came to understand televisions as light systems, and instead of relying on this set system, he started to develop his own visual systems. The information of our daily experience is dominated by artificial light sources, and comparable to the light and shadows seen in Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, the shadows cast in front of us are generated by the systems we create.


In 2007 James moved to Dubai and lived there till 2012. While his early work dealt with analyzing how technology and media work, his experiences in the Middle East saw his focus shift to how technology and media affect. This included themes of nationalism, globalism, and popular culture in the age of mass information.


In 2012 James moved back to New York where he currently lives and works. In this time his work shifted once again towards a more technical and aesthetic approach towards light art and information systems.










  • 2016River of Time, 21c Museum Hotels, Oklahoma City, USA
  • 2015Sustained Fireworks, RCCL, Miami, USA
  • 2014Parasol Unit, London, United Kingdom
  • 2013Synesthesia, Fraport Headquarters, Frankfurt, Germany
  • 2012Unrestricted Monetary Award, Dave Bown Projects, USA
  •  Art Dubai Public Projects, Dubai
  • 2011Media Hype, Free Fall, Lighting Installations at The Pavilion Downtown Dubai, Dubai
  • 2010Soundwave / Order Chaos Order, Lobby Art Installations at Rolex Tower, Dubai
  • 2010Nineteen-Eighty Nine, Public Installation for Art Abu Dhabi and Traffic
  • 20083D Display Cube v4, Core Research for Evolutional Science and Technology(CREST), University of Tsukuba Tokyo
  • 2006Inside / Out, Public Installation, FedEx Institute of Technology / Lantana Projects, Memphis





  • 2012SENSEight #3, New York
  •  “The Hatch” Art Dubai, Dubai
  • 2011The Pavilion, Dubai UAE
  • 2010Art Abu Dhabi 2010, Dubai, UAE
  •  Pecha Kucha Night, Dubai, UAE
  •  ARTHK10 – Hong Kong International Art Fair, Hong Kong, China
  • 2009Tokyo Polytechnic University, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2008Arquiset Symposium, Barcelona
  •  Lightscapes Workshop @ Hangar, Barcelona
  •  Pecha Kucha Night, Dubai Spring
  •  New York University (ITP), New York Spring
  • 2007Professional Lighting Designers Conf, London Oct
  •  Tama Art University, Tokyo Sept
  • 2006American Institute of Architects (AIA), Memphis April
  •  Meisei University, Tokyo Jan
  • 2005Seoul Design Festival, Korea
  •  Klein-Dytham’s Pecha Kucha Night, Tokyo Fall
  •  Shift Magazine’s DotMOV Festival, Japan
  • 2004Ateneo de Manila University Spring





  • 2006Technology Research Institute, FedEx Institute of Technology & Lantana Projects, Memphis
  • 2003New Media Art Institution, Eyebeam Atelier, New York



COLLECTIONS (selected)


21C Museum, Louisville
Yves Klein foundation, Paris
Borusan Art Collection, Istanbul
Susan and Michael Hort, New York
Alan Wurtzel, Washington DC
Sharifa Alsudairi, Saudi Arabia
Tanya Capriles, Madrid
Ernesto Ventos, Barcelona
Robert Bielecki, New York
Richard Massey, New York
Ellen Schweber, New York
The Farook Collection, Dubai
The Samawi Collection, Dubai
The Salsali Collection, Dubai