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On Smell

Symposium at the Interface of Art and Science

Photo: Zwölf GbR

On Smell

Symposium at the Interface of Art and Science


March 21, 2020, 9 a.m.–10 p.m.


Betahaus Neukölln
Harzerstraße 39, 12059 Berlin

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The interdisciplinary symposium on the topic of “smell” and “smelling” provides a space for exploring the topic from a variety of perspectives and disciplines through lectures, discussions, workshops, and interactions. Guests are artists, scholars, and scientists from the disciplines of philosophy, egyptology, neuroscience, and medicine. The symposium concludes the 2019 theme year on “smell” and is able to build on the insights and questions that have emerged from previous exhibitions and workshop.

In a lecture and subsequent workshop, the Egyptologist Dora Goldsmith wants to make tangible the smell world of ancient Egypt. In a conversation with Prof. Hannes Hatt, she will discuss how present-day scientific methods can help explain past practices and use of smell substances – from embalming to the world of love and sexuality – and to what extent this is also fruitful for today’s research.

The multimedia artist and director Wolfgang Georgsdorf presents his digital smell projector “Smeller 2.0” and the artistic practice of osmodrama. Osmodrama is the art of time-based composing and storytelling with scents via the smell projector and is used as an examination method – for example, for analzying its effect on people who lack a sense of smell or who suffer from depression. Using this example, Georgsdorf, Prof. Ilona Croy, and Prof. Thomas Hummel will discuss the possibilities of science-art collaborations around the human sense of smell.

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The symposium takes place within the framework of Brain Awareness Week 2020.

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