SAUMA [Design as Cultural Interface] presents fifteen innovative contemporary design works from Finland. The exhibition includes an olfactory installation by visual artist Hilda Kozári, who in collaboration with Parisian perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour has created perfumes to represent three cities: Helsinki, Budapest, and Paris:
The Air installation consists of three bubbles. The bubbles, designed in collaboration with Esa Vesmanen, contain Hilda Kozári’s personal memories and experiences of the three cities in olfactory and visual formats. In this installation, the images of the video are transparent like air and vague like the pictures of her memory, leaving space for the spectators to make their own interpretations. The accurate definition of the urban landscapes is given by the sense of smell, which brings to mind different memories. The odor of a city is not just about the sea, wind, parks, buildings and garbage, but also about people, the living environment, and its emotional, cultural and industrial life connected to memory. As in a personal perfume, the smell of the city depends strongly on the balance of odors.
You can read more about the installation here. The exhibit is open from October 7 until November 13, 2005 at the Embassy of Finland, 3301 Massachusetts Ave. Many thanks to Sara for the information!