Joëlle de La Casinière

Illuminated typewritings on paper

Do you speak globish? Have we arrived in a global communication environ- ment? Is that even possible? Joëlle de La Casiniére’s films, artist’s books, and series of drawings, made during her global travels over the last thirty years, combine precise, everyday observations of contemporary living conditions, politics, and poetry. Quotations from the familiar global language of advertising and the news meld into a non-hierarchical narrative, a transitory collage in the flow of a ‘nomadic’, incomplete perception. In the process she uses elements from comics, illustrations and commercial art as well as formal borrowings from orientalist ornament and/or the pictorial language of graffiti. Absolument Nécessaire. The Emergency Book, published by her in 1973, was cited as an example of an truly ‘nomadic book’ by philosophers Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari in their joint work, A Thousand Plateux. Her work, Do you speak globish?, was produced for The World in your Hand.