Laura Allcorn

Artist, Humorist, Designer

Laura is an artist, humorist, and designer. She founded the Institute for Comedic Inquiry where she creates interactive objects and performances that point out absurdities through a technique she calls “Participatory Satire.” All are based on her research and collaboration with scientists, and they share a common goal: using humor, science, art, and performance as tools for publicly debating ideas. She’s made fashionable pollination accessories, turning people into honeybees to draw attention to colony collapse. She’s created a machine that remixes your fake laugh to ‘real’, questioning the danger of humanizing digital assistants. She’s designed a humor-first dating program to mock appearance-first apps that can have negative affects on our mental health.