Community Language Space (CLS)


Research Conducted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has found a valuable marriage between biodiversity and language diversity. As language diversity declines so does bio-diversity, suggesting an understanding of our natural environment is locked in language. According to UNESCO, more than 2,400 languages in the world are in danger of extinction. With 153 endangered indigenous languages existing west of the Mississippi River this issue is of particular importance in the American West.



CLS attempts to engage the urban phoenix population to consider our role in an age of attempted sustainability and ponder how our relationship with indigenous languages can contribute to ecological, environmental, and cultural knowledge.

CLS is a multimedia interactive space where the indigenous language is alive. The public is invited to enter the space and experience the language. The experience is recorded in real time and can be emailed into the world wide digital vain from the BioCube. Orthography derived from the language of O’odham Ñiok was used in the creation of this installation.


Product of BioCUBE: During the month which the cube was exhibited, over 200 hundred people sent an image of themselves via email with O’odham script projected on to their hearts.