Oswaldo Maciá work about
THE LIBRARY OF CYNICIS

The Library of Cynicism
2013
Olfactory–acoustic scenario

'The Library of Cynicism' takes the ancient Greek figure of Diogenes as a starting point to undo assumptions of truth and belief. Five aquaria are filled with bubbling black liquid, each holding a smell composition made by a master perfumer in response to the words 'virtue’, 'breath', 'empty smoke', 'illusion' and 'dog' - all turns of phrase used by Diogenes, the philosopher who was the father of Cynicism. A gathering of small horn-bells plays a symphony of 100 cicadas, insect singers with a profound ability to listen: as soon as they hear a new call they silence their own voices.

Presented:
CHELSEA Space, London, UK (2013)

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

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