Laughing Web Dot Space
FILE Sao Paulo 2019 | Media Art
Electronic Language International Festival
An interactive website and virtual laugh-in for survivors of sexual violence, ‘Laughing Web Dot Space’ helps survivors to record and listen to the sounds of their laughter – and to laugh together. Visitors of any gender are invited to participate. Why laughter? Laughter is infectious and borne of the air we still breathe. Laughing is good for our health: soothing stress, strengthening the immune system, and easing pain. Technologies of emotion go beyond gadgets and protocols: exposure to sounds of laughter are lo-fi body-hacking and create a radical sonic space around us. Through laughter, we proclaim ourselves as stronger and more complex than the traumatic memories that we live with.
Erin Gee is a Canadian artist who explores human voices in electronic bodies. Articulating feminist-materialist strategies for digital art, Gee’s work exposes the material of emotion as embodied and embedded, likening the microrhythms of emotion in the body to the rhythms of a vibrating vocal field. Her work in biosignal-driven choral composition, virtual reality, and robotics has been shown at Ars Electronica (2018), NRW Forum, Düsseldorf (2018), Trinity Square Video, Toronto (2017), MediaLive Festival, Boulder (2017), and Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (2015).