Smell Lab 7 was LOVELY!
Anke Werner from RBB - radioeins visited us! We are very happy and thankful for her visit and motivation! It was very nice meeting you Anke!
We started the session sharing smell souvenirs…
Sheraz has been back to Toronto, where he is originally from.
@Sheraz: Two things remind me of home more than anything else - the smell of my mom’s home cooking and over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. These two things are generally difficult to find in Germany, for a number of reasons. The smell of spices bring home cooking to my nose and my mouth and are full with hot, earthy, herbal and dry smells from cardamom, red curry, cinnamon, chives, cloves, and coriander. The smell of pharmaceuticals bring the uniquely scientific process of north American healing back to my mind with smells of artificial fruits (berry, banana, orange), plastic, menthol, chalk and unidentified sweetness. With each of these I feel at home for a moment in a smellscape that is completely new to me.
Daria went to Mexico.
@Daria: Driving along the Southern coast of Mexico, some smells were present everywhere. For example the smell of the salty and fishy sea, and food trucks preparing local fast food along the road, which smelled oily and spicy, dominated by Habanero-chilipepper. The latter, in sauce-bottle, I brought to Berlin, alongside with Mezcal (local agave-based liquor) and Belizian coffee-beans. Those had strong scents, which were not hard to address. The more diffuse smell came from a decorative skull I bought as a souvenir. The skull is made from a plastic-like material, painted and coated with a shiny laquer. It looks beautiful, but also quite real and therefore slightly scary. It smells chemical and aritificial, with a scent of an old cave or an ancient object. Smelling each of the objects brings me back to Mexico for a few seconds.
Alanna went to Marrakesh, Morocco.
@Alanna: Marrakesh is an intense experience for all the senses! From the amazing market smells to the less pleasant ones of the tanneries and the many stray cats. I brought back a number of teas, herbs, a piece of sandalwood, eucalyptus crystals, freshly ground ginger and mix of 42 spices commonly used in cooking. Haggling over the price was another experience altogether! On my last day I was walking in the street behind a man carrying a huge bundle of fresh spices on a bicycle, fresh mint and more – unbelievable!
And Klara went to the Philippines.
@Klara: discovering new scents it’s always an adventure. During my trip I had a scent bloquer: the mosquito repelent and the sun lotion I was using in daily basis was covering any other subtile possible smell around me. However, the Philippines is a palm tree crowded land. Every evening, Philippinos will burn the dry cocos fromt he floor, and also the dry palm tree leaves. The scent was really strong, between eucalyptus & smoke, fresh and dry!
The session followed to a presentation by Eeva and Anne-Laure.
And Mareike showed us the super wonderful video Moritz filmed and she edited from our first showed Collected Smells! The links is coming soon!