Laurent-David Garnier, senior perfumer, artist and chemist gave a two-days workshop and lecture at the department about smell. We explored the characteristics of smell, the sensation of smelling, learned about the composition of molecules that create exciting, horrible, addictive and beautiful fragrances. Through LD Garnier’s wonderful explanations and huge knowledge that spans from the chemical, artistic to ecological and political issues of olfaction we had smelling sessions where we tried to describe the smell in words, associations, descriptions. Students were asked to bring smells with them (in form of objects, liquids etc.) which they analysed and transformed through a week’s time into something new, disconnected to its past.
‘Tool from _____.’ is a two-day workshop as an exercise for making body related objects based on contexts,which is important to experience how context effects the decision of the material, form, presentation, location, etc. The workshop contains two small warm-up assignments, and one big assignment that students need to choose one of the character (from reality or fiction), make research and focu on one of his/her/its experience/story/ability, to make one body related tool, which aims to solve one problem for this character (but this ‘problem’ can be totally subjective).
The workshop ends with a presentation, students are encouraged to present results by any mediums that fit the context. During the presentation, always let the audience to see and talk first without artist’s explanation, this is a experience to let the presentation speak by itself.