Emely Christiaens Project Space, Palepelstraat 27, 9830 St-Martens-Latem (BE)
Opening: 2013/12/13 18:00
Opening times: 2pm - 6pm
Ben Van den Berghe
The full 'Laughter Bank' - series will be shown together for the first time as well as a new video.
Laughter Bank, 2013
Clinical research has shown that it is less likely to succumb to stress, depression and helplessness, when one is able to laugh away one’s troubles. In a time in which we – more and more – need artificial triggers for feelings that once were supposed to come natural, ©Laughter Yoga was invented in 1995 by the Indian physician Dr. Madan Kataria as a natural artificial trigger of laughter. Thus combining the results of his clinical researches that laughter is healthy and that our body cannot distinguish artificial from genuine laughter.Therefore both forms generate the same physical and psychological benefits. Based on the idea that anyone can ‘Laugh for No Reason’, without relying on humor, jokes or comedy ©Laughter Yoga tries to provoke laughter in groups using eye contact and childlike playfulness. These artificially provoked laughters often seem to turn into real and contagious laughter. Today, it has become a worldwide phenomenon with more than 6000 Social Laughter Clubs in about 60 countries.
Laughter Yoga is considered as a method of dissipating negative feelings of anger and frustration and generating a more positive attitude. The kind of tragicomic idea that one can fool one’s body and mind for a positive purpose, could in a way be seen as a revelation in terms of personal freedom: by emotionally freeing oneself from daily problems and stress, people can ‘feel’ happier by just laughing – real or fake. During intense workshops with official laughter therapists from Amsterdam, the artist has created 'Laughter Bank'; an index of 13 official Laughter Exercise Manuals presented in a contagious installation.
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