FEAR 01/21

Sissel Tolaas

Sweat molecules and wall paint

What is the smell of fear?

I developed a small device that these guys carried around with them as if it was a talisman. This device extracted the sweat at the moment they had an attack. We agreed that their original sweat would be sent to me overnight, and we reproduced it immediately through chemicals. The research was just astonishing – by smelling their sweat, I could build up a kind of conceptual image about who they were, what kind of surroundings they were living in, and why they were afraid. The reasons for their phobia were always other bodies and constellations of bodies – humanity, human beings.

-From Sissel Tolaas, Excerpted from mono.kultur, Spring 2010

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