Olfactory installation, 2017

Inspired by the Calendar Dial (A selection of fragrances / olfactory media on ceramic plate, 2017)

Olfactory Time introduces an alternative way to observe the time, separate from the clock.

This artistic intervention encourages you to relive the passing of time by exploring the sensory phenomenon in which we can observe and remember time indirectly, via olfactory media.

Martin Heidegger once said: "You can, as it were, smell the existence of such buildings, and decades later when you often have the smell in your nose."

This work of art encourages you to vividly remember the sequences of our personal memories by smelling scents from the four seasons. The artwork itself encourages us to sniff out a circular ceramic plate, known as the Olfactory Calendar. Each quarter of an album represents a season, but unlike a conventional calendar, which indicates the month or year, the Olfactory Calendar goes through the movements of the seasons through a specific selection of smells. The collected scents reflect different temporary associations, both from a modern context and scents of medieval origin. The calendar was inspired by the Calendar Dial, a masterpiece from the 1500s, in which time was conceived as a cycle that constantly repeated itself and in which astrology had a great influence on the life of the Middle Ages. By analogy with olfactory time, the smells that have been instilled in one's mind must be stored and rediscovered as time passes.


Special thanks to Jan Kempeneers, Jenever Museum in Hasselt BE


Panita (1991, Bangkok, Thailand) has a special fascination for olfactory art and design. She cherishes her curiosity for the artistic practices of the sensory experience and cultivates them in order to strengthen her further potential. Her work explores the collaborative approaches between the communicative, the strategic and the experimental by combining different methods of numerous disciplines.




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