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.
Laura has studied and performed all forms of comedy: satire writing, improvisation, sketch, and stand-up comedy. She earned an MFA in Applied Craft and Design at Pacific Northwest College of Art where she focused on speculative design. She participated in the Center for Artistic Activism’s Art Action Academy at Queens Museum ‘17.
Her work has been shown around the world at V&A (London); Science Gallery (Dublin); CCCB (Barcelona); ArtScience Museum (Singapore); Palazzo delle Esposizioni (Rome); Design Week Portland, Risk/Reward Pavement Festival (Portland); Bridgetown Comedy Festival (Portland); and Portland Fashion Week. It has been featured by The Guardian, Wired UK, GOOD, and Design Bureau Magazine.
Laura also has over 10 years of experience designing award-winning interactive experiences and exhibitions for museums and brands. She spent six years at Second Story Interactive Studios, most recently as an Associate Creative Director, where she worked with California State Parks, Thomas Cole Historic Site, AIGA, Museum of Fine Art Boston, New York Public Library and many others.