The aim of Incomplete City Walks is to experience the city anew, outside of one’s routines under the guidance of Sissel Tolaas, who has been studying smells since the early 1990s. By a conscious use of the sense of smell, participants will navigate and explore various parts of Singapore rediscovering the city through a different perception.
Sissel Tolaas is a smell researcher and artist. Since 1990, her work has been concentrated on the research topics of SMELL / SMELL & LANGUAGE – COMMUNICATION, within the realms of sciences, art & design and other disciplines. In 2004, with support from the International Flavors & Frangrances Inc. (IFF), Tolaas established the SMELL RE_searchLab Berlin and in 2010, she founded the Institute of Functional Smells. Her research has won recognition through numerous national and international scholarships, honours and prizes. Tolaas is a founding member of the International Sleep Science and Technology Association, China/United States/Africa/Europe, as well as a founding member of FUTURE OF EDUCATION, in collaboration with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Future Education Platform, Berlin Palo Alto. Her projects and research have been presented in several institutions such as: Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) New York and San Francisco, United States; Fondation Cartier, Paris; Tate Gallery, Liverpool, United Kingdom; Venice Biennale of Art as well as Architecture; and National Art Museum of China. Tolaas has been doing City SmellScape research of and for 52 cities.
Image credits: Sissel Tolaas’s library contains 7,000 different recreated smells which she accrued from ‘seven years of walking, travelling and smelling parts of the world’. Courtesy the artist.