LASER Talks Brussels: The olfactory experience as a new language
With Peter de Cupere, Piet Devos
moderated by Edith Doove and Alexandra Dementieva.
The discussion will take place as part of the Festival of the New European Bauhaus (NEB).
Where: iMAL, Center for digital cultures and technology
📍Quai des Charbonnages 30, 1080 Molenbeek-Saint-Jean, Brussels, Belgium
When: Sunday 12 June, 5pm CET. Find your timezone here
The event will also be livestreamed here!
'The olfactory experience is accessible to people of different cultures and with different abilities, it might become a new language for dialogue about common human values and needs.'
In animal world the olfactory system plays one of the most important role that help them survive - to hunt, to recognize enemies and friendly species, smells warn them of danger. Humans perceive smells with each breath and still inside of womb their odorat' sensor is fully developed at the age of 7-8 months. But later they loose half of this capacities. In last two decades, doctors and researchers, from neuroscientists to the humanities, have sought to better understand the sense of smell, which shapes the way our everyday life - our emotions, feelings, our eating preferences, its participation in creating memory and its functioning, in our social interactions.
Peter De Cupere - the most prolific and proactive proponent of olfactory art in the world and experts in the ﬁeld of the olfactory system. He has been inspired by the search to develop a shared system of writing for the blind to create (in collaboration with a number of visually impaired assistants) an olfactory alphabet. w: http://www.peterdecupere.net/
Piet Devos - Piet Devos is an author, translator and literary scholar. At the age of five he became blind due to retinal cancer. These experiences with illness and disability are of great importance to who he is today. w:pietdevos.be
Edith Doove - (PhD) is a curator, writer and researcher, specifically interested in notions of emergence and contingency, cross and transdisciplinary collaborations. w:bureaudoove.com
Alexandra Dementieva - is a multimedia artist. Akin to an explorer she raises questions related to social psychology and theories of perception suggesting solutions to them by contemporary artistic means.w:alexdementieva.org
The Leonardo/ISAST LASERs are a program of international gatherings that bring artists, scientists, humanists and technologists together for informal presentations, performances and conversations with the wider public. The mission of the LASERs is to encourage contribution to the cultural environment of a region by fostering interdisciplinary dialogue and opportunities for community building to over 40 cities around the world. To learn more about how our LASER Hosts and to visit a LASER near you please visit our website. @lasertalks
Quai des Charbonnages 30