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I asked 11 strangers to meet me in an outdoor location of personal significance where they would laugh in front of the camera indefinitely. The resultant video portraits last between 30 seconds to 22 minutes. Interested in performance, sincerity and the awareness of a presentation of self, the laugher confronts their work ethic and a continuum from authenticity to simulation. The viewer is then asked to decode this daily symbol, but in this case floating without a provided context, considering nuanced meaning and repetition under the guise of a "mundane" communicative tool - laughter.