- two parallel olfactory environments inspired by the history of Japan and Holland -
installation, commissioned work (2009)
This work, consisting of two parallel olfactory environments, takes you on a sensory journey to 17th-century Japan when the Dutch were stationed on the artificial island Deshima off the Japanese coast. The scents are not trying to tell you the truth - they take you to the world of imagination and fascination.
(1) ROOM OF GEISHA
This is a room with the Japanese smells that the head of the VOC was presumeably smelling in Japan about 400 years ago.
[PLEASE TOUCH!] You are invited to sniff around and survey the room. Step into the role of the geisha or that of the visiting VOC chief. Lie down on the tatami mats, powder your face and sample the odours of old Japan, smells that were so exotic to the first Dutch visitors.
(2) ROOM OF THE HEAD OF THE DUTCH VOC
This is a room with the Dutch smells: coffee, cigarette, and meat. They were introduced to Japan by the Dutch.
More documentations regarding its development: http://scent-lab.blogspot.com/search/label/%5BGEISHA%5D