Scent expert Sissel Tolaas visits Cape Town

Posted 1st February 2012 • By Design Indaba • Topic Interaction Design • Category Interviews in Design Indaba TV
Scent expert Sissel Tolaas captures the smell of Cape Town and shows how the nose can be used to dig into the micro-level of a city.

Sissel Tolaas can interchangeably be described as a “scent expert” or “odor artist”. The Berlin-based creative explores olfaction, or the sense of smell. Tolaas works with the odor molecules that our noses detect and looks at the language we use to describe our experiences of smell. Here Tolaas takes us around Cape Town, pointing to some of the interesting smells of the city and how we are able to understand emotions from a scent perspective.

Sissel Tolaas will be speaking at the 2012 Design Indaba Conference from 29 February to 2 March 2012. 

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