Archief Training The Senses: Smell Dating

Engelstalige activiteit

What is the power of your olfactory system in making life changing decisions?

People are unaware of the power of their olfactory system in making life changing decisions. Smell is crucial in determining good food from bad food and detecting dangerous gases, but it also plays an essential role in choosing a partner. In this smell dating session, we will explore body odors. The smells of the participants are collected after an aerobics session. After being put in glass jars and numbered, the samples are passed around enabling everyone to find their match.

In the meantime, participants converse with smell artist Klara Ravat and neurologist Anna D’Errico about the attraction of smells and the relationship between our brain, nose and hormonal system.

What happens after this session, is up to you…

Places are limited, so make sure to book your ticket in advance here:

Train your senses with:
Klara Ravat
Klara Ravat is an olfactory artist an experimental filmmaker based in Berlin.
By opposing the division between the realm of memory and the realm of experience, Ravat absorbs the tradition of remembrance art into daily practice. By investigating the concept of landscape in an adventurous and exploratory way, she wants to amplify the wonderment of the spectator by creating compositions or settings that generate tranquil poetic images that leave traces and balances on the edge of alienation and recognition.
After studying qualitative trend research in Barcelona Klara moved to The Netherlands where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (ArtScience at The Royal Academy of Arts). At the same time, she started studying Psychology at the Open University of Catalonia. Klara is the co-founder and the director of the Smell Lab, a community project that focuses on the investigation and practice of the art and science of the sense of smell.

Anna D’Errico
Anna D’Errico is neuroscientist at the Goethe University of Frankfurt, and independent performer. As performer and dancer she studied several techniques and she practice theatre-dance since 2004 following the theoretical and practical approach of the theater anthropology. She works on brain physiology, and olfaction. Curates the blog on smell and olfaction

What is Training the Senses?
Knowledge is not only acquired visually at schools through language and textbooks. Learning involves all of our senses: we learn by listening, tasting, smelling, touching – and even by using our intuition. Through Training the Senses participants explore and discover a new vocabulary for all their senses and a new way to transmit experience and acquire knowledge.
Training the Senses is an ongoing series by Marres, that avoids any division between the speakers, performance and the audience. Everyone is welcome to join.

Image: "Today, too, I experienced something I hope to understand in a few days"- Sanne van den Elzen, 2018

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