- What if coronaviruses were something you could smell and see? -
"Viral Parfum" is the winner for the Art and Olfaction Sadakichi Award 2022 for Experimental Work with Scent!
The Art and Olfaction Awards celebrate excellence in global independent and artisan perfumery, and experimental work with scent.
premier: May 7, 2021, at Städtische Galerie Bremen (Germany)
curator: Ingmar Lähnemann
sponsor / producer: Städtische Galerie Bremen (Germany)
Since the appearance of the new coronavirus, we try to avoid airborne viruses by ventilating the air, meeting people in places where droplets cannot reach us, wearing masks to protect ourselves, and washing off viruses that may have gotten on our hands. In order to learn more about the virus we have been trying to see and visualise the invisible viruses, often in laboratory settings.
I came to the idea that the way this virus spreads has similarities to the way scents spread. Scents also spread in the air, so I often pay attention to air convection and ventilation, I also wear a mask when working with strong fragrances, and when handling fragrances, I change my gloves frequently to prevent the scent from spreading to other bottles.
Here are some of the similarities that scents and coronaviruses share:
- They are both too small to be seen.
- They spread through the air.
- They are spread by adhesion
- They disappear over time.
In this exhibition, I use scents to represent the different mutations of the virus. Visitors may spray the "viral parfum" anywhere they like in the room. Other visitors can detect and recognise the scents to find out where the virus is attached. The virus is invisible under normal light, but is occasionally illuminated by using a black light.
There are six different types of viruses here, including mutations. Each of them has a different fragrance, and when combined, they create the scent of white lily. It is a fragrance to mourn and honour the deaths caused by the novel coronavirus.
NO.1: Skyblue : Ylang ylang oil, Hidroxycitronellal
NO.2: Green : Citronellol, Ionone alpha, Iso Eugenol
NO.3: Yellow : Ylang ylang oil
NO.4: Blue : Nerol, Geraniol, Paracresyl Phenyl Acetate
NO.5: White : Linalool, Vanillin, Phenyl Acet Ataldehyde
NO.6: Orange: Neroli Base (original composition)