A video installation, with eighteen monitors showing people laughing. Laughter as a spontaneous mental and in turn physical gesture brings us into the moment and bonds us. However, continued laughater with no apparent motivation fights our natural order and provokes an uncomfortable self awareness turning to embarrassment as we search for an explanation. When no apparent reason can be found the prolonged laughter becomes unpleasant, even unnerving to our heightened consciousness.
The inclusion of a single monitor at the back of the room displays a film of a dog sitting calmly and taking in the whole spectacle. The dissonance between the two mental states raises philosophical questions of self awareness, free will and the brutality of existence.