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Try not to laugh while drawing

Posted by Anam Musta'ein on Thursday, 14 September 2017


The aim of my live broadcast on Facebook was to get through completing a drawing on Photoshop while the “Skype Laughter Chain” YouTube video played in the background without laughing. I have stacked three webcam video captures on the left side on the screen to allow my viewers to see my reaction, the YouTube video and Photoshop placed in the middle of the screen, and a live Twitter feed on the right to allow my viewers to read real-time tweets that contain the word ‘laugh’.

I wanted to balance elements of play and seriousness within my desktop screen and observe how two state of emotion coming from extreme ends of the spectrum come together to create a cohesive virtual space.