Laughter transcends the boundaries of age, race, culture, class, language and even species. But while laughter is the most universal form of communication, it is one of the most complex forms of expression known to our world. Often portrayed as a reaction to humorous visual and audible stimuli, laughter is best known to us as an expression of enjoyment.
My senior project for Cornish College of the Arts. The Laughter Database was made to entertain - because more than anything I like to create work that's engaging and fun! Interviews were done with 11 people and 25 out-of-context segments of laughter were spliced from their reactions to stories and questions. These clips were then compiled into an interactive instillation allowing users to select different people and experience laughter in a fun, voyeuristic way.
At the exhibit two computers were set up and anyone was able to click around. On the wall hung framed stills from the videos that when lifted had scientific and philosophical information about laughter and just why it is we laugh.