Place: Centro Multimedia (Centro Nacional de las Artes) de México DF
Interactivos?'08: Technologies of Laughter will take place from 1 to 16 August 2008 in México DF.
The workshop proposes to use open hardware and software tools to create prototypes that explore the relations between machines and humour/laughter.
Medialab-Prado – Área de Las Artes del Ayuntamiento de Madrid
Centro Cultural de España en México – Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo
With the collaboration of: Centro Multimedia – Centro Nacional de las Artes
Dates: August 1 through 16, 2008
Centro Multimedia – Centro Nacional de las Artes, México D.F.
Centro Cultural de España en México – AECID, México D.F.
Assistants: Katya Álvarez and Jaime Villarreal, with the collaboration of Ernesto Romero and Ezequiel Netri (Taller de Audio, Centro Multimedia)
The workshop aims to use open hardware and software tools to create prototypes that explore the relations between machines and humour/laughter
Laughter is a psychological phenomenon that is a human characteristic. Frequently associated with fun, play and pleasure, it serves as a way of communicating moods that are not always positive or pleasurable. Laughter can be intelligent or stupid, liberating, forced, nervous, contagious or sinister. The incongruent and the unexpected provoke laughter; however, depending on the context, they can also cause terror. Laughter is also a social phenomenon. To be shared, a common cultural milieu is required. As a result, it can reinforce belonging to a group and also exclude “others”.
In this sense, the workshop aims to explore questions such as:
What mechanisms lead to laughter? What are the social and political implications? What happens if we understand laughter as a possible form of communication between humans and machines? Can machines have a sense of humour? How can machines make us laugh? What is a machine or software programme’s cultural milieu? How can a machine handle the unexpected? What kind of narratives/machines can be built to provoke various feelings related to laughter?