Oswaldo MaciĆ” work about
MEMORY SKYP

Memory Skip
1999
Olfactory-acoustic scenario

'Memory Skip' is an industrial skip filled with five tons of pine-scented soap. The pungent odour of the thick detergent forces the viewer to psychologically link the senses of sight and smell into a conceptual whole. Smell is associative; it triggers memory, making our perception skip from one recollection to another.
As with 'Garlic Soap', in this sculpture MaciĆ” delves into the psychology of smell and the mechanisms that trigger memory: across the world green pine soap is associated with cleanliness - whether or not pine trees are native. Alongside a soundtrack attempts to capture 'the sound of smell.' The sound of pine needles ground in a blender was recorded until the intense smell filled the soundproof studio, creating a poem in an unusual language.

Presented at:
Museum of Installation, London (1999)

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