Exhibition at de Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) in Amsterdam in 2013, curated by Mels Evers. Speech by Oscar van den Boogaard. Performances carried out by Jerry van der Kust and Maarten Vos. Graphic Design in collaboration with Edi Winarni.
The tragicomic idea, that one can fool one’s body and mind without relying on humor, jokes or comedy, could in a way be seen as a revelation in terms of personal freedom: by emotionally freeing oneself from daily problems and stress, people can ‘feel’ happier by just laughing – real or fake. During intense workshops with official laughter therapists from Amsterdam, the artist has created 'LaughterBank'; an index of 13 official Laughter Exercise Manuals, first presented at de Nederlandsche Bank, the financial center of the Netherlands.
On the occasion of the exhibition, the Artist Booklet >>Laughter Bank << was published in edition of 193.
Laughing Sculptures during the opening of Visa Bill Laughter at DNB, Amsterdam in 2013
No Money Laughter (left) / Visa Bill Laughter (right), 2013 — Hahnemühle Baryta Print, 63 x 110 cm
Laughter Bank, 2013 — single channel video installation, 33:03 min, loop, color, stereo