The Deepest Well,
Sculptures and research on the relationship of smell & memory:
Sulphurous smells were considered not only as inconvenience, but once having emanated from the body, to expose and separate sinners and deviants from the general population. Associated with Hell, the smell was believed to have vapourized whenever acts, or sinful thoughts had been committed. Evoking mental images that tied the mineral to the underworld, the smell first contributed to demand to produce certain subjectivity bodies and different behaviours. In 'Technologies of the Self' Sulphur-odour is first mentioned as a 'device' through which societal control could be operated and contrived, altering the relation and perceptive recollection what bodies are allowed to do. By altering notions about the world and the self in this unfamiliar context - deepening yet increasingly alienated positions of power are produced.
Sulphur-coated insect hotels, MBTI-test quotes. sulphur crystals, Arduino components, animatronic butterflies , 100 x 15 x 60 cm
Kindly supported by the Mondriaan Fonds.