James Clar | Global English (2011)
James Clar is an American visual artist who uses technology as a medium to critique the dissociative affects of technology itself.
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Global English


110 x 30 x 10 cm
Acrylic box, LED lighting


The words ‘global english’ are spelled out phonetically in various non-Roman Numeric based languages. So when a speaker of that language reads the sign aloud they pronounce “glo-bal en-g-lish”, effectively forcing them to speak English.


This piece is about the globalization of English, it’s use as the standard communication language, and the need to preserve other languages.


Every language has rules of grammar that allow us to formulate thought and transfer that thought to other people. However, the structure and rules of each language makes certain ideas easier to express in one language as opposed to another. While a global communication language is necessary, we need to explore what we gain from the use of English and what we lose from it.
“Coming To Terms”, Jackman Humanities Institute, Toronto 2013
Art Dubai, 2014