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 publically debating ideas. All are based on our research and collaboration with scientists and experts.

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EXPERIMENTS

 
 

Observations at the intersection of humor and culture.

HAHA JOURNAL

May 2019

Humor

Lowbrow, 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. 🚽 A study of The Onion’s headlines revealed there are linguistic cues that signal satire. 📰 

Surveillance

Lowbrow, 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. 🚽 A study of The Onion’s headlines revealed there are linguistic cues that signal satire. 📰 

Online Dating

Lowbrow, 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. 🚽 A study of The Onion’s headlines revealed there are linguistic cues that signal satire. 📰 

 

PARTICIPATE IN AN EXPERIMENT

 

See It Now

Human Pollination Project in FOOD: Bigger than the Plate
V&A; May-Oct 19

Coming Soon

2022: Gait Augmentation Seminar at PRIMER19: Futures For All. NYC. June 15. The New School. Tickets here.

syntHAsizer and ‘Serious Play: Use Participatory Satire to Capture the Public’s Imagination’ workshop at the International Society for Humor Studies Conference. Austin. June 24-28. Texas A&M.

hümr: summer of love in Disjecta’s backyard. Calling all love-seekers! Tickets here.

Just Missed It

2022 Gait Augmentation Seminar: an exercise in things taken too far. Design Week Portland; Apr 7th, tickets here.

hümr: a humor-first dating program in INTIMACY
Science Gallery Dublin; Oct 18-Feb 19

Insecurities Security Checkpoint
Risk/Reward Pavement Festival: Aug 18

 

MORE FROM IFCI

 

Workshops

Improv For Creatives: Collaborating at Shout House. June 6th 7-8:30pm.

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Talks

At Design Week Portland 18: Watch me talk about the syntHAsizer, neuroscience of laughter, and dangers of humanizing digital assistants at From A Whisper To Machines

At the Instrument Lecture Series in December 18, I talked to designers about laughter, humanizing digital assistants, and Alexa’s unwanted cackling fit.

Press

Profile on Design Portland Journal here.

Listen to me talk about IFCI, the syntHAsizer, FAKE exhibition at Science Gallery with Norma Burke on NEAR FM, March 18.

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