Laughter in Communication - conference: 21 – 22.10.2016

“Perhaps the mission of those who love mankind is to make people laugh at the truth, to make truth laugh, because the only truth lies in learning to free ourselves from insane passion for the truth” 

(Umberto Eco  -  The Name of the Rose).


LAUGHTER in Communication

A set of workshops, public events and a 2-day conference devoted to the role of sense of humor in communication, problem and conflict solving in the Age of Robots.
The “Laughter" consists of interdisciplinary presentations and workshops related to communication, interactivity, services, social-, graphic-, object- and interior design as well as psychology, philosophy, history and performing arts, including short videos and films. 

“Why do we laugh? Do we really want to know why? We are torn between desire to understand the joyous human response of laughter and reluctance to expose the secret of our spontaneity to the rigors of intellectualizing, the labors of analysis,” wrote Marcel Gutwirth in Laughing Matter: An Essay on the Comic.

What happens when we laugh. When people are tickled, they quickly burst into laughter, and this is because the motion quickly penetrates to this part, and even though it is only gently warmed, still it produces a movement (independently of the will) in the intelligence which is recognizable. The fact that human beings only are susceptible to tickling is due (1) to the fineness of their skin and (2) to their being the only creatures that laugh. Tickling means, simply, laughter produced in the way I have described by a movement applied to the part around the armpit. It is said that when in war men are struck in the part around the diaphragm, they laugh on account of the heat which arises owing to the blow.”  Aristotle, Parts of Animals, III. Greek Library

“The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka' but 'That’s funny..,'” said Isaac Asimov. 

Make laugh not war !

Key information:

WHEN – 21st – 22nd October 2016
WHERE – National Audiovisual Institute in Warsaw

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British Council

Czeskie Centrum Warszawa

Danish Cultural Institute

Embassy of Greece

Embassy of Ireland

Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Goethe Institute

General Representation of the Government of Flanders at the Belgian

Instituto Camões

Österreichisches Kulturforum

Rumanian Cultural institute


The conference is organized by The European National Institutes for Culture in Warsaw (EUNIC) in cooperation with the National Audio-Visual Institute (NInA), Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technologies (PJAIT) and partners: Copernicus Science Center in Warsaw and Academy of Fine Arts (ASP) in Katowice is curated by Ewa Satalecka based on research conducted by Agata Szydłowska.