What is smell? How do we smell? And how do we talk about smells?
We draw a breath up to 24,000 times a day and every breath contains smell molecules that provide invisible information about who we are. But our sense of smell is way too often neglected in favour of sight and hearing.
In Smeller’s Corner you can train your nose.
The smell collection Smeller’s Corner presents 50 different smells from neighbourhoods, people, nature and pollution. They are collected by smell researcher and artist Sissel Tolaas. Your nose can get closer to a series of surprising smell molecules that Tolaas has collected and recorded over the past 30 years.
Smeller’s Corner lets you smell the world and talk about the smells with the people around you.
Smeller’s Corner is part of the sense exhibition Sensorium: A Laboratory for the Deceleration of the Body and for a New Politics of the Senses, curated by Solvej Helweg Ovesen and co-produced by the Riga International Biennale of Contemporary Art, 2018. The work is created by Sissel Tolaas, and the walls are designed by Tilman Wendland.
Tolaas was born in Norway in 1963 and has studied chemical science, mathematics, linguistics, languages and visual arts at universities in Olso, Warsaw, Moscow, St. Petersburg and Oxford.