The Institute For Comedic Inquiry is an artist-led institute that studies humor and turns absurdities into eyebrow-raising public experiments.
Since 2009, we’ve been engaging people with our experiments. They usually take the form of interactive objects or performances. Each shares a common goal: using humor, science, art, and performance as tools for publicly debating ideas. All are based on our research and collaboration with scientists and experts.
2022: Gait Augmentation Seminar
A workout for outsmarting skeletal tracking surveillance. Go incognito on any sidewalk.
Go from haha to hand-holding with this humor-first dating program.
Insecurity Security Screening
A whisper-based screening station for securing your insecurities.
Pantsuit Power Walk For Hilary
Ride gold escalators and do shoulder shimmy limbo contests to show support for Hilary.
Human Pollination Project
Be a bee. Now you can pollinate on the go with this fashionable toolset.
Remix your laugh from fake to ‘real’. Do you want AIs to laugh like us humans?
A meditation protocol for slowing down your Twitter reactions.
Portland Laugh Line
A rotary phone, hacked to serve up locally-crafted jokes.
Quantified Laugh Tear Self
I collect my laugh tears. They tell me more about myself than my steps.
An joke-writing AI that specializes in analogies.
THE LATEST FROM THE INSTITUTE FOR COMEDIC INQUIRY
October 23-25 2019
Teaching: Playing In The Future: How To Stage Your Own Participatory Satire
PRIMER19: Futures For All
The New School, NYC: June 14-15 2019
Staging + Teaching: 2022 Gait Augmentation Seminar: An Exercise In Things Taken Too Far
International Society For Humor Studies Conference
Texas A&M University, Austin TX: June 24-28 2019
Teaching: Serious Play: Use Participatory Satire to Capture the Public’s Imagination
The Arts Show Near.FM (Dublin, IE), March 2018
Artist Laura Allcorn chats to Norma Burke about FAKE at the Science Gallery Dublin
Cliche humor is making a comeback in the age of Trump—seems we’re really desperate for comedic relief. 🧻 Alexa finally stopped her creepy unsolicited laughing, but it was an eerie reminder that she is always listening.👂🏻Visual puns about bodily humor were found on a latrine in Turkey—they are 1,800 years old! 🚽 The oldest joke is dirty and taboo. 🍆 A study of The Onion’s headlines revealed there are linguistic cues that signal satire. 📰
Related Experiment: synthHAsizer.
INTERSECTIONS OF HUMOR + CULTURE
Could gait tracking be the new facial recognition?🚶🏻♀The Washington County, Oregon PD was first to use Amazon’s Rekognition facial tracking software.👮🏻An NDA prevented public disclosure. 💵 Facial tracking training data isn’t diverse. 👎🏽 The FBI’s facial recognition can match 640 million people. 📸 San Francisco outlawed police use of facial recognition, but is a ban is the right approach? ❌ Privacy law students googled people based on what they saw and heard. 🤳🏽 Surveillance in China. 👀
Related Experiment: 2022: Gait Augmentation Seminar.
Many love-seekers say they are “looking for someone who shares my sense of humor”. 🤣 Do you know how you use humor? 🥼 Appearance-first dating apps are affecting our mental health. 😨 Maybe we should stop already with feeling sparks and commit to three dates. 💗 A ghost-writer for your dating profile costs $2,000 a month. 💵 Don’t lie, have you been sexting the waters, caspering, or lining? 👻
Related Experiment: hümr.