The #Laugh Project Is 3D Printing The Best Laughter In Space

It was only a matter of time before art went to space. The #Laugh project, which began in 2014, will crowd-source laughter to be 3D printed aboard the International Space Station. Yes, you read that right: 3D-printed laughter.

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This Is A Laughing Matter

We've sent people, probes, and potpourri of other items to space. As we get deeper into space exploration and start spending more time out there, we're going to start treating space more like home. That means more than just practical science and technology—let's talk about space art. A project called #Laugh, which began in 2014 in part by 3D manufacturing company Made In Space, is planning for the first piece of artwork created in space. Made In Space enlisted the help of Israeli digital artist Eyal Gever to bring #Laugh to life. It's a crowdsourcing project that asks people to submit clips of themselves laughing. The best chuckle with the most likes in the #Laugh app will become a sound simulation that's printed as a 3D sculpture aboard the International Space Station.

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What's More Universal Than Laughter?

As Seeker reports, "In coming up with #Laugh, Gever had to come up with art that would have universal appeal, literally. The final piece couldn't be specific to any particular country or culture. His friend, the British spoken word poet Suli Breaks, suggested laughter." Gever says that laughter reminds people that there is beauty in humanity. CNN reports that he sees the project as an opportunity to focus on what really matters: "Above all this project is meant to make us think of how we want to be represented in the future."

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Written by Curiosity Staff January 11, 2017

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