Turbulent Souvenirs/Memories
Düren, 2002

A spiral-shaped labyrinth consisting of 10.000 perfume test strips offers a sense perception of time and memory. The spiral fills the room in the course of which electronic smell stations set free smells associated with memories - like licorice, wood fire, violets, snow or L'Heure Bleue - a historic composition of 1912. The idea exists, that the creation of this perfume was also a premonition of the war. L'Heure Bleue is the hour when the light changes between day and night and symbolizes for me also the time of change. The smells evoke memories/images of different phases of life (childhood/adultdood).

Through the free spaces between the "paper walls" the visitors wonder through a path - being surrounded by a great number of perfume test stripes - into the center of the rooms which is dipped into blue light. While smells are being released periodically - there is a constant sea of voices - people from different language regions talk about memories of smell. Realities, imaginations, memories mix and give the viewer the possibility to experience not yet discovered levels of perception.

Turbulent Souvenirs/Memories