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MCD Virtual Speaker Series: Living With Scents
April 16, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am$8 – $10
Join MCD and Living with Scents guest curator Clara Muller for a virtual event that spans across the globe– featuring exhibiting artist/designer Peter De Cupere, olfactory curator and perfume historian Lizzie Ostrom, and Dr. Danielle Reed– Associate Director of the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia. This collection of virtual presentations and panel discussion will explore our understanding of why and how scents are so essential to our lives, accessibility, and so much more.
Odors are perceived with every breath we take and immediately interpreted by the most ancestral parts of our brain. In recent years, researchers and practitioners, from the neurosciences to the humanities, have strived to gain a better understanding of the sense of smell, which deeply, yet often unknowingly, shapes the way we live: our eating habits, our social interactions, our emotions, memories, and even our well-being and safety. Albeit elusive and ephemeral in nature, scents may thus be purposefully used to improve many aspects of our lives. Furthermore, despite its long neglect in the West, smell can also carry cultural, aesthetic, and practical values, as exemplified by a number of ancient and foreign cultures.
All the objects presented in Living With Scents exemplify the many ways in which we can rely on the sense of smell to better our lives. But people living with certain illnesses or disabilities can benefit from smell even more greatly– whether to communicate or help take care of themselves.