James Clar | The World Keeps Turning (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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The World Keeps Turning


10.75 m x 9.80 m
Fluorescent Lights, TV, DVD Player, Dresser


This piece recreates a real-size replica of Osama Bin Laden’s compound in Abottabad. The architectural outline is made using LED floor lighting, allowing people to walk through his villa. While the installation is very flat so people can easily walk over it, in the room that Osama worked is a recreation of his desk where he would watch BBC news and other news videos of himself. Here I’ve edited video of Osama watching himself on tv into an infinite loop of him watching himself on tv in the same room.


The concept of this piece is to overlap 2 complete opposite worlds; the world of the art / gallery, and that of the leader of the world’s most famous terrorist network. The title “World Keeps Turning” alludes to the fact that, for the most part, people are often just in their own world; good guys are good guys, bad guys are bad guys, art lovers are art lovers, and so on. Overlapping these two worlds makes us aware of this.
“THE STATE”, Traffic, Dubai 2011