Thursday January 30 6:00 pm followed by HEXA-OUT Round Table Discussion 7:15
Jeudi, le 30 janvier, 18h HEXA-OUT Table Ronde 19:15
Concordia University Fine Arts VA Building 114
L’université de Concordia, 1395 René Lévesque Ouest, Montréal
SMELL & COMMUNICATION
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.
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!
© Sissel Tolaas
SISSEL TOLAAS BIO:
Sissel Tolaas is born Norway 1965, based in Berlin. She studied mathematics, linguistics, chemical science, languages, and visual art at Oslo -, Warsaw -, Moscow-, St Petersburg - and Oxford University. Tolaas is working actively and concentrated on the topic of SMELL / SMELL & LANGUAGE - COMMUNICATON since 1990, within different sciences, fields of art /design and other disciplines. Established the SMELL RE_searchLab Berlin, on smell & communication / language, in Berlin in January 2004, supported by IFF (International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.)
Her research has won recognition through numerous national and international scholarships, honours, and prizes including the 2009Rouse Foundation Award from Harvard University GSD and the 2010 ArsElectronica Award in Linz, Austria and the 2010-2011-2012-2013 Synthetic Biology / Synthetic Aesthetics Award from Stanford and Edinburgh Universities include a residency at Harvard Medical School. Research on INVISIBLE COMMUNICATION & RHETORIC i.e. Harvard University: Mexico City 2001- 2009 and continuous. Tolaas is recently a founding member of the International Sleep Science and Technology Association, China/US/Africa/Europe. Tolaas is recently a founding member of FUTURE OF EDUCATION, collaboration with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Future Education Platform Berlin.
She has worked and is working with numerous companies and institutions, and active participation in international colloquiums, conferences and networking. Her projects and research have been presented in s several institutions such as Documenta 13; MOMA New York; MOMA San Francisco; Fondation Cartier, Paris; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; Tate Gallery, Liverpool; Venice Biennale; National Art Museum of China Beijing.
She have been active doing project and research for among others NASA; ESA; IEEE Aerospace Research; Interactive Africa / design Indaba; BBC London; Sony Computer Science Lab, Paris; IFF Inc. New York; Statoil New Energy Program, Norway; Charité Humboldt University Hospital, Berlin; Max Planck Institute, Berlin; Louis Vuitton, Paris; E. Lauder Paris/NY; KPMG (law) Berlin; BMG SONY, Germany; ShowStudio/Nick Knight; Mercedes Benz Future Lab, Berlin; ADIDAS; Rockefeller Foundation, New York; Johnson & Johnson, New York; Bangalore High Tech Park; Deutsche Bank, Germany; San Francisco Neurosciences Institute; Humboldt University, Berlin; Tsinghua University, Beijing; Columbia University, New York; Parson The New School For Design, New York; Beijing Olympics; Vienna University; Oxford University; NESTA, London; MIT; Harvard University; Liverpool University; Oslo University; Moscow University; Stanford University; TU, Berlin; Toronto University; Lund University; Edinburgh University; Bangkok University; Hong Kong University; University of Michigan; Pasadena Art Centre; Cape Town University; Koc University Istanbul; Brown University; RCA, London; Sandberg Institute Amsterdam; Alto University, Helsinki; Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Tolaas has been doing City SmellScape research of several cities such as Paris; Stockholm; Detroit; Kansas City; Berlin; Oslo; London and is currently working on Nuuk, Istanbul, Calcutta, and Cape Town. Tolaas is recently commissioned, together with Harvard GSD, to develop new Concept of Living, in Kuwait.