Philosophy understands laughter as a moment when we conquer our brain. This is either considered positive – a moment of freedom and release of emotions,
or negative – since the brain is seen as the major aspect of the elaborate human. A tickling machine, using a feather to tickle your foot – and a machine that stops you from laughing as it squeezes your cheeks the more you laugh – are set up together. The two tools comment on the disparity of the question ‘What does it mean to be human?’ in collaboration with Henrik Nieratschker & Kathryn Fleming.