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On Smell

Symposium at the Intersection of Art and Science

Photo: Zwölf GbR

CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

On Smell

Symposium at the Intersection of Art and Science

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March 21, 2020, 9 a.m.–10 p.m.


CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

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.

PROGRAM
9:00-12:45: Talks and discussion – part 1
Prof. Barry C Smith: “Smell as the Background to Consciousness” (Engl.)
Prof. Maria Larsson: „Memory for odors“ (Engl.)
M.A. Dora Goldsmith: “Die olfaktorische Welt der Liebe und Sexualität im alten Ägypten”, followed by a discussion with Professor Hanns Hatt

Lunch

13:45 – 15:15: Workshops, experience space and interactions
Scent Club Berlin in collaboration with Anna Virnich, Dora Goldsmith, Agnes Meyer-Brandis, Sean Raspet, Thomas Hummel

15:15-19:15: Talks and discussion – part 2
Sissel Tolaas (tba)
Sean Raspet: “New Materials, New Scents: Art and Molecular Design“ (Engl.)
Wolfgang Georgsdorf: „Osmodrama und Smeller 2.0. Künstlerische und wissenschaftliche Fragen an eine Kunstform, die den audiovisuellen Raum verlässt”
Prof. Ilona Croy, Wolfgang Georgsdorf and Prof. Thomas Hummel in conversation on collaborations of scientific and artistic research on the human sense of smell
M. Sc. Natalia Filvarova: „Multisensory perception: how smell shapes our senses“ (Engl.)

19:15-20:15 Not your average wine tasting
Angela Loi

Dinner & Get Together

 

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Sprecher*innen 

Ilona Croy studied psychology and completed her training in psychodynamic psychotherapy in Dresden, where she also received her doctorate. She then spent three years as a postdoctoral fellow in Gothenburg and continued her research as Associate Senior Lecturer in Linköping, Sweden. She returned to the Psychosomatic Department of the University Hospital Dresden and is now head of the research department. In 2017, she was awarded for the excellent supervision of doctoral students. In various studies, Ilona Croy is investigating the perceptual and neuronal relationship between depression and olfaction as well as the processing and function of olfaction, for example for the modulation of parent-child interactions.

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Educated at the University of Oxford as well as LMU Munich, Natalia is currently an Associate Researcher at the MultiSense group of the Fraunhofer IVV working on the neural underpinnings of multisensory perception. Using brain imaging techniques as well as behavioral tests, she investigates how our brain processes different streams of sensory information to integrate them into coherent world unities.

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Wolfgang Georgsdorf is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher, inventor, musician, author and director. Born in Austria, he has lived in Berlin and Brandenburg for almost 30 years and draws primarily from synergies between art and science. His work includes the research and description of Austrian Sign Language made possible by his development MUDRA. In addition to the construction of giant xylophones and instruments for odor and sound research, his musical work includes above all his work as a conductor and violinist in the Berlin Improvisers Orchestra. His invention and development of Smeller 2.0, a technology for the digitally controlled projection of precise olfactory sequences for collective perception (Osmodrama) has received several awards and has been exhibited in the Martin Gropius Bau Berlin, among others. In order to research the medical implications of this new art form, he cooperates with the Interdisciplinary Centre for Smelling and Tasting at the University of Dresden (Prof. Dr. Thomas Hummel) and the Charité (Prof. Dr. Florian Uecker) as well as with Prof. Dr. Önder Göktas and the ENT-centre on Kudamm Berlin.

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Dora Goldsmith is an Egyptologist. She is currently doing her doctorate at Freie Universität Berlin on the topic of olfactory perception in ancient Egypt. In her doctoral project, she is investigating the olfactory world of ancient Egyptian society using written sources. In order to better understand the written sources, she uses the method of experimental archaeology and reconstructs the smells that describe the ancient Egyptian texts. Two of her scent reconstructions have been exhibited in museums - the Mendesian perfume in the National Geogpraphic Museum in Washington, D.C. and the scent of embalming in the Okayama Orient Museum in Japan. Dora Goldsmith gives lectures and workshops worldwide on her research results and accompanies them with her stimulating scent reconstructions.

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Hanns Hatt is a biologist, physician and cell physiologist at the Ruhr University Bochum. The focus of his scientific work is on molecular and cellular olfactory research, especially on the effect of fragrances on humans. His books on this topic became bestsellers. Hanns Hatt has been President of the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities since September 2015.

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Thomas Hummel conducts research in the field of chemosensory systems at the Odor and Taste Clinic of the Department of Otolaryngology at the Technical University of Dresden. This includes a clinic for olfactory / gustatory disorders as well as investigations of the intranasal trigeminal system.
Thomas Hummel studied medicine at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and is a specialist in pharmacology and toxicology. As a post-doctoral fellow, he was at the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, USA in 1994. From 1997 to 1998 Prof. Hummel was also Assistant Professor at the Smell and Taste Center of the ENT Clinic of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA. He is author / co-author and editor of numerous publications, among others in the field of chemosensor technology.

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Maria Larsson is the Chair Professor in Perception and Psychophysics at the Department of Psychology, Stockholm University. She is the Director of Gösta Ekman's Laboratory which is devoted to the scientific study of our sensory functions. Her main research interest concerns olfactory cognition, and then in particular odor memory. She is the principal investigator of a large-scale research program ”Our unique sense of smell” which is funded by The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences 2015-2020.

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Angela Loi, wine expert and founder of Loivini, left her career in the London financial sector to pursue her passion for wine, which led her to become a WSET Wine Diploma and Sommelière Master. Today, with Loivini, she creates multi-sensory wine tastings in Berlin that reveal the psychophysiological factors that influence our wine tastes in an entertaining and interactive way. Her wine tastings create experiences that encourage us to engage more intensively with our own sensory perceptions and to experience how these vary from person to person.

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Agnes Meyer-Brandis lives and works in Berlin. After initially studying mineralogy at the RWTH Aachen University, she studied sculpture at the Düsseldorf Art Academy and media art at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, KHM. Her works, present and awarded in international exhibitions and festivals, describe a hike at the interface of art and science, fact and fiction - an artistic research of reality, in search of the degree of reality of constructions of the world and matter surrounding us.

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Sean Raspet’s works have often consisted of liquid chemical formulations of artificial flavor and fragrance molecules. More recently his works have involved food, nutrition, human metabolism and human cellular development via stem cells. He is a flavor and fragrance chemist and co-founder of the algae-based food company Nonfood. His practice prioritizes movement away from the specialized art economy, in favor of endeavors that circulate in the economy-at-large, utilizing prevailing modes of production––such as mass-produced products and proprietary molecular structures.
Raspet’s work has been exhibited at the The Artist’s Institute, New York, the 2019 Okayama Art Summit; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit; de Young Museum, San Francisco; Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco; M Woods Museum, Bejing; Societé, Berlin; the 9th Berlin Biennale; Bridget Donahue, New York; SculptureCenter, New York; and The Kitchen, New York, among others.

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Barry Smith is director of the Institute of Philosophy at the University of London’s School of Advanced Study and founding director of the Centre for the Study of the Senses, which pioneers collaborative links between philosophers, psychologists and neuroscientists. His research concerns the multisensory interactions between flavour, taste and smell. He has published theoretical and experimental articles in Nature, Food Quality and Preference, Flavour and Chemical Senses, as well as editing Questions of Taste:The philosophy of wine, Oxford University Press. He is the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Leadership Fellow for the Science in Culture Theme.

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Scent Club Berlin is an artistic collective and community of people that come together to research, produce projects and collaborate, focusing on the sense of smell. The group focuses on scent and olfaction as a medium for art, science, technology, expression and experimentation. Since its inception, the group has created interactive installations and tours in galleries and museums such as MMOMA Moscow, Hamburger Bahnhof, and Martin Gropius Bau in which the visitors are not only observers, but become participants in the work. The community of smell enthusiasts meets monthly and anyone interested in experimenting with the sense of smell is invited to join to share their knowledge and curiosity to connect with other smell enthusiasts. The meetups range from lectures by biologists, artists and chemists, to distillations, scent experiments, discussions and more. Scent Club Berlin has been working together since 2015. Current core members include sound artist Max Joy, artist Alanna Lynch, designer Mareike Bode, artist Eeva-Liisa Puhakka, artist Chaveli Sifre Riestra and photographer Aleksandra Pawlowska.

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Sissel Tolaas studied chemistry, art, linguistics, and mathematics in Oslo, Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Oxford. Since the 1990s, she has developed various smell archives and for seven years underwent an intensive smell training. Tolaas calls herself a “professional in-betweener” and is at home both in science and in art. She took part in the Art & Science project “Synthetic Aesthetics,” worked with scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics to develop a vocabulary to give precise verbal expression to smells, and has shown her work worldwide, including most recently at the Riga Biennale (2018), the Museum of Modern Art (2016/2010), the Hamburger Bahnhof (2017/2004), the Museum Tinguely (2015) and the Stiftung Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary in Vienna (2017–19). In 2019, her exhibition 22 – Molecular Communication was shown in the Project Room of the Schering Stiftung.

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Anna Virnich (*1984) graduated in 2013 from HfBK Braunschweig, Germany. She has staged solo exhibitions among others at Drei, Cologne; Proyectos Monclova, Mexico City; Kunstverein Schloss Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany; Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn; Städtische Galerie, Remscheid; Künstlerverein Malkasten, Düsseldorf has has contributed to exhibitions at Sammlung Philara, Düsseldorf; Centre d'Art Contemporaine Chanot, Clamart, France and Schmela Haus, Düsseldorf a.o. In 2019, her exhibition Hyperdrüse was shown in the Project Room of the Schering Foundation. Anna Virnich lives and works in Berlin.

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