S T U D Y   OF   L A U G H S
笑 的 研 究


Affective Engagement | Collective Imagination | Exteriorized Interiority

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Study of Laughs is a research-cum-creative project that probes and stages the history of laughs as a cultural expression in modern Chinese history.

Using Geng Jianyi’s iconic painting, The Second State (1987), as a point of entry, this project assembles an array of digital and archival findings for a creative presentation in five themes: 

Burst Out Laughing: “Savagery” and Civilization
Laugh until You Cry: Tragedy and Comedy
Troubled Laughter: Laughs and Politics
A Put-on Grin: Face and Mask
The Last Laugh: The Other Shore

Discrete at first glance, these five themes string up essential cultural nodes to complete the picture of a collective mental state of people’s imaginations in 20th-century China.


Stay tuned for our exhibition opening in the near future!


《笑的研究》是結合學術研究與創意策展的開放式項目,探究並呈現“笑”的語彙在現代中國歷史中的文化表達。本項目以耿建翌在1987年創作的油畫《第二狀態》(1987)為切入點,梳理包括文學、電影、音樂、繪畫、戲劇等一系列跨語言、跨文化、跨學科、跨媒介的一手材料和理論研究,整理出五组展覽主題:


爆透的笑: 野性與文明
淚中帶笑: 悲劇與喜劇
苦惱人的笑: 笑與政治
皮笑肉不笑: 面具之下
回頭一笑: 彼岸

由此串聯起現代中國“笑”史中的眾多重要文化节点,構建出二十世纪中国人在對話古今、對話中西之時的情感認知和集體想象。





CONTRIBUTORS
Jiacheng Liu, Sammi Wang, Jessie Xie, Alina Yang, Kyra Yao, Beryl Zhou, Muyun Zhou



Take a glance at the exhibition mindmap and timeline. ↘



Interested in learning more?

We encourage you to participate in our online workshops in the Winter of 2020.
Stay tuned for more info. 

Questions? Please write to projectteam@harvardcamlab.com.