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Canned Laughter, 2009

Canned Laughter was created as part of an invitation to Ciudad Juárez in which artists were asked to create works based on their experience in the city. The piece focuses on Ciudad Juárez as a maquiladora site and on its role within the global context. It is a detailed construction of Bergson, a fictitious factory that produces canned laughter for sitcoms. For it, dozens of ex-maquiladora workers were hired both as part of the research process (maquiladoras are highly secretive and it is very hard to know what happens inside) and as actors. Canned Laughter alludes to mechanized processes and to slavery in the age of globalization as well as to the impossibility to translate and reproduce true emotions though technological means.



Video installation.
Three projections, two robe racks, table with shelves, five monitors, one hundred sixty cans, eight multimedia cans and lamps.
Duration: 14:25 minutes, loop.
Dimensions: variable.

Single channel video.
Duration: 9:56 minutes, loop.

Photograph.
Lightjet c-print.
Dimension: 39 x 54.6 inches.