Smelling lies, sniffing out truths!
Philosopher Niels van Poecke will talk about the relationship between probably one of the most “unhappy” philosophers, Friedrich Nietzsche, and smell. Nietzsche not only recognized the value of olfaction as a reliable guide to action but he also suggested that the sense of smell can act as a metaphor for discovering philosophical truths. In one of his autobiographical essays, he describes his life’s work by saying “I was the first to discover the truth, in that I was the first to sense — smell — the lie as lie. My genius is in my nostrils”. This is a truly extraordinary metaphor as no other philosopher has ever made such a connection. On the night, Niels will dive deeper into such correlations and he will inspire us to think more with our noses!
The (un)happy life of Mariah Carey
Visual artist Pavel van Houten will open up an amazing world of smells for us traced in the (auto)biography of the not always happy life of icon Mariah Carey.
Pavel noticed that in her book ‘The Meaning of Mariah Carey’, Carey uses detailed scent-memories to open up about her history. From the smells of her childhood, to the smell of pasta softening in boiling water, to a house that smelled of calamity and dog hair. Pavel analysed all scents described in the book and explains what they tell us about the (un)happy life of the famous American singer.
Mathilde van Otterloo is a cheese maker from Amsterdam who makes her cheese according to the French method. She says she is in love with cheese; with the taste, but also with the manufacturing process. Working with a natural ingredient - raw milk - gives her intense satisfaction. Curator of this evening Frank Bloem will talk to her about this craft, and asks if and how certain food such as smelly cheese can make you happy.
You can also follow this lecture online via Instagram live. The sensory experience that is common to this lecture will not get lost, as we will send you a Sample Kit with smells to your home when you purchase the live-stream ticket!
Full price €12,50 | Discount for Students/Artists/Stadspas €8,75*
*If this applies to you we will ask to see your kvk nr/portfolio or student card.
Online ticket, with Sample Kit €12,50
Make sure to purchase your Online ticket before Tuesday, January 26th, 14:00, if you want the Sample Kit in time for the live-stream event (within the Netherlands).
Odorama 43: Happiness
28th of January from 20:00 till 22:30
Mediamatic Biotoop, Dijksgracht 6, Amsterdam
Or via Instagram live, with a Sample Kit sent to your home
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