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RICOCHET #11 - Hisako Inoue. The Library of Smell

Hosted by the Consul of the Munich Theatre Lovers Group
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Took place 1 month ago
Fri 06 Oct 18:30 - 21:00

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Official Opening of the Exhibition starts at 19:00h

Within the framework of the RICOCHET series, the museum Villa Stuck presents the Japanese artist Hisako Inoue (born in Protected content October Protected content January Protected content . In the exhibition »The Library of Smells« space-filling installations make the relationship between the book and the human being an experience of smell. Inoue draws parallels between the course of human life and the stations of book usage. The books and their smells, which have been selected in antiquaries and private bookshelves, are used as a communication tool and, in particular, in their workshops, which constitute a constituent part of the exhibition - thoughts, feelings and memories that evoke odors.

In Japan, a traditional smell culture prevails. Not only the appreciation of a variety of flavors in Japanese cuisine, but also ritual ceremonies with olfactory elements, such as tea, flower and incense ceremonies, testify to this. Since the Protected content , however, a definite avoidance of everyday odors has been observed. Cosmetic or pharmaceutical companies continually develop new fragrances, which fight in the form of sprays, atomizers or perfumed detergents against various everyday smells. The aesthetic assessment of odors and the choice of deodorizing odor traps fundamentally changes the perception of everyday odors and represents a symbolic boundary between social milieus.

Perception, interpretation, esthetic appreciation or rejection and hence the prevention and improvement of odors are dependent on the exercise of a certain lifestyle. The smell control in private as well as public rooms and in the body care is particularly strong in Japan. In addition to air cleaners in cinemas
In about half of all Japanese libraries, book cleaning machines are used which not only clean and disinfect the books but also deodorize them. Hisako Inoue, who has already carried out numerous exhibitions with smell installations in Japan, represents this ever-advancing deodorizing of life spheres the authentic smell of the everyday objects book as a differentiated expression of a "lived life"
And thus advocates a sensitization to a deliberate handling of odors.

In the exhibition, Hisako Inoue invites the visitors of the exhibition to participate in "interactive stations" based on the presented books on olfactory interactions. Odors are absorbed in the limbic system, the part of the brain which is connected to the odoriferous nerves and serves as a memory of memories and feelings. The
Activation of the emotional memory by smells and the communication about it sees Hisako Inoue as an essential part of the exhibition.

An exhibition of the Museum Villa Stuck, Munich. Curator: Anne Marr

text: hp Villa stuck/google translator
photo: hp Villa stuck/private photo of artist