• Sissel Tolaas Studio (Foto: ADGinsberg)

    Sissel Tolaas Studio (Foto: ADGinsberg)

OpenIdea Design Talk

Sissel Tolaas


25.01.2018, 19:00 Uhr
Dornbirn, inatura

SMELL = information
a tool for communication – navigation – education – decision making –

What could happen when invisible information - smell molecules - is the starting point of acting, reacting…communicating?

“I believe that smells are a VERY crucial component in the definition, understanding of and orientation to an environment. Smells surround us all the time. We breathe 23,040 times a day and move 12.5 cubic meters of air and with every breath smell molecules flood through our bodies. Even when we sleep we smell.
We live in a world of total antisepsis and a continuous wholesale deodorization, and it match a worldwide homogeneity of faceless glass buildings. Because not all environmental smells can be pleasant, the consequences could be, we will have non at all! OR, we want to change?
Historical, sociological and religious reasons have pulled the contemporary human being into almost ignoring more than 1 % of his genes! ONLY education can revive these hidden capacities, since the hardware and software still function in the healthy human being, but only if consciously trained and used. There is a whole world to educate and a whole world to smell!”

Diese Veranstaltung wird in Zusammenarbeit mit der inatura durchgeführt.

Sissel Tolaas has a background in mathematics, chemical science, languages, and visual art. She works actively and concentrated on the topic of SMELL / SMELL & LANGUAGE - COMMUNICATON since 1990, within different sciences, fields of art/design and other disciplines. Tolaas established the SMELL RE_searchLab Berlin in January 2004. She is recently a founding member of the International Sleep Science and Technology Association, China/US/Africa/Europe and the Institute of Functional Smells in 2016 for i.e. health, communication and education. She also built up several smell archives, among others an archive of up to 7000 real smells from all over the world. Since 1998, Tolaas has realized 52 City SmellScapes research projects, of, for and with major cities all over the world, such as Paris, Stockholm, Detroit, Berlin, Oslo, London, Istanbul, Shanghai, Singapore. Since 2014, Tolaas is part of several startups in the field of senses. Tolaas just launched the world’s first Smell Memory Kit.



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