Rires de sit’com – 2012 / EN

Sitcom Laughs – 2012

This project consisted of installing a sitcom laugh-track in places that inspire similar feelings of interventionism. Just as televised comedies use a laugh-track to give brutally specific indications as to when the viewer should be amused, so does the context of the art gallery instruct visitors to think about the meaning and aesthetic ideals of the pieces on display; similarly, the moving walkways in transit hubs call upon commuters to move ever faster in a long, straight line. In 2012, I installed canned laughter using portable speakers in a gallery (59 rue de Rivoli, Paris, at the invitation of Alain Snyers, member of the group INTEL) and in the Paris metro (moving walkway in the Montparnasse Bienvenüe station).