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TEN NOTES FOR A HUMAN SYMPHONY

Ten Notes for a Human Symphony
2009
Smell sculpture

This installation is a symphony of human scents created from ten interpretations of smell that have been taken from different locations around the world. The source is human hair gathered in Argentina, India, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Peru, Russia, Syria and Tibet. In each case, Maciá sought out older people who had not used chemical treatments on their hair. The hairs were empirically analysed in a Paris perfume laboratory using a technique known as ‘headspace.’ The results then given to a master perfumer who interpreted the results, creating a new smell for each country. Each scent was presented across a series of fabric curtains moving and releasing into the exhibition space a symphony of human smells.

Presented at:
II Thessaloniki Biennale, Greece (2009)

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

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