exploring real scents

Tolaas is one of the few artists in the world working with smell. Her installations explore real scents; that is, body odors and city fumes. Her sweat simulations not only push reflexive disgust to the limit, but they also slyly tweak certain cultural prejudices. “It’s to do with cleanliness but also overcleanliness,”

Tolaas says. “And fear, racial tolerance and globalization.”

also, did you know:
The olfactory system represents one of the oldest sensory modalities in the phylogenetic history of mammals. As a chemical sensor, the olfactory system detects food and influences social and sexual behavior.


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