Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Collection of human scent

Over the summer my efforts to try and contact Sissel Tolaas ended in failure...for now. However I couldn't stop thinking about the way she handles scent and the transitions that they follow. From having Headspace technology in a lab, she is able to reproduce scents with synthetic components. So after collecting the fresh sweat of wrestlers from their soaked t-shirts in her fragrance, Violence, Tolaas is able to chemically reproduce the components which make up the sweat formula into a tangible object by bottling the liquid.
The final transition of the scent happens when she wears the fragrance at the opening of her exhibition.
She described the scent as being able to unnerve people whilst wearing it upon her skin.

I was interested in capturing this form of scent in relation to my own bodily odors, that may be produced due to how i had been feeling emotionally and psychically at the time.

Wrapping a piece of material around the area in which i sweat most, replacing them every 24hours, was my method for this.

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