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Révélateur

Smells convey memories, moments and generally information.
Révélateur uncovers the smell of the past. Installed in the Witte Dame building, it brings out a piece of Eindhoven’s history: the smell of the 1930’s Philips light bulb industry as this building rose to house its main factory.

Grease, metal, wood, sweat were some of the smells that could be experienced in the Witte Dame’s past function.
Chemist, nose and artist, Sissel Tolaas, has recreated some of these specific traces. Separately, these smells provide us with an understandable detailing of a general past. Breaking down the smell into three basic samples allows us to think about the structure of this bigger compound.
Connecting the odour with a context gives us the logic that we need in order to analyse, understand and ultimately trust what we feel.

Révélateur gives knowledge. It adds to our awareness of a moment by excavating information and context, deepening our present experience. It also guides us to evaluate a fragrance, peeling off the layers of its composition to an understandable level.
Révélateur amplifies our conceptual and physical experience of smell.

Many special thanks to the perfect Sissel Tolaas and the glass blowers Ad Waterschoot & Aad van der Weel for their amazing work.

Project Details

Date: 06/03/2014

in collaboration with Sissel Tolaas

"UNCOVERING THE SMELL OF THE PAST, RÉVÉLATEUR ADDS A CONTEXTUAL LAYER OF INFORMATION TO OUR PRESENT MOMENT"

Main photo: Lisa Klappe