Oswaldo Maciá work about
ANESTESIA

Anestesia
2014
Olfactory-acoustic scenario

'Anestesia' comprises notations of charcoal on black paper, spherical nests covered with smell-infused wax and sound-textures of bees communicating through vibration, collected in Cabo Verde, the Norwegian Arctic, Turkey and Cartagena de Indias. Together they create an intense sensorium. This scenario examines the etymology of the word aesthetic. This term refers to the accepted principles of art and the idea of pleasure through beauty, derived from the Greek aisthetikê (sensation or perception) and aisthesis (sensitivity, or perception via the senses). The word was appropriated by the philosopher Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten (1714-1762) to define the science of the beautiful. After Baumgarten aesthetic has been erroneously reduced to a single sense: vision. Demanding perception from all of the senses, Maciá’s 'Anestesia' presents itself as the opposite of what its title proposes.

Presented at:
1st Cartagena Biennial of Art, Cartagena, Colombia (2014)

Collaborator:
Smell component created with master perfumer Ricardo Moya (IFF, International Flavors and Fragrances)

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