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Incomplete City Walks: Smellscape 24/7 by Sissel Tolaas, smell researcher and artist, Visiting Research Fellow, NTU CCA Singapore

17 Jan 2017, Tue 05:30 PM - 07:00 PM
19 Jan 2017, Thu 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM

The aim of this walk 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 sense perception.

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This Incomplete City Walk is part of the public programme of Incomplete Urbanism: Attempts of Critical Spatial Practice.


Sissel Tolaas (Norway/Germany) has a background in mathematics, chemical science, languages, and visual art. Since 1990, Tolaas’s work is concentrated on the topic of SMELL / SMELL & LANGUAGE – COMMUNICATION within different sciences, fields of art / design, and other disciplines. She established the SMELL RE_searchLab Berlin in January 2004, supported by International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (IFF); founded the Institute of Functional Smells in 2010; and is recently a founding member of FUTURE OF EDUCATION, in collaboration with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Future Education Platform, Berlin Palo Alto. Tolaas’s research and projects are recognised internationally and have been presented in several institutions including dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany; MOMA, New York, United States; Tate Gallery, Liverpool, United Kingdom; Venice Biennale, Italy; and National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China. To date, she has conducted City SmellScape research for 52 cities including Paris, Stockholm, Nuuk, Kansas City, Berlin, Oslo, Mexico City, London, Calcutta, Cape Town, Amman, Shanghai, and now Singapore, amongst others. Tolaas is also Visiting Research Fellow at NTU CCA Singapore.

Image credit: 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.