At the beginning was actually not the word, but the smell. Chemical detection was the communication tool used by the first bacteria appearing on earth, for food and reproduction. Smells are used constantly, consciously or subconsciously, to communicate with plants, animals and human beings. The sense of smell is the only piece of the human brain in DIRECT contact with the air! Humans have more than 400 receptors (ten times more than the next kind of brain receptors, and almost 100 times more in diversity than the receptors for vision), and with a direct connection to our amygdala and hippocampus (in 2 synapses only), our brain is uniquely wired from the young till the older ages to perceive smells.
Smells are a VERY crucial component in the definition, understanding of and orientation to an environment. Smells surround us all the time. Even when we sleep we smell. Historical, sociological and religious reasons have pulled the contemporary human being into almost ignoring the sense of smell! ONLY education can revive these hidden capacities, since the hardware and software still function in the healthy human being, but only if consciously trained and used. A deeper understanding of the sense of smell is important in order to be more conscious of the possibilities it offers and its powerful capacity. Smell can empower vision and sound and create new meanings, convey meaning on its own and provide the purest information. Challenging oneself to use one's nose gives new methods to approach one's realities; different from those ones learn from watching screens. We need more optimism and positive attitudes to be able to understand the seriousness of what we face: New challenges, new methods, new methodologies, new tools... theNOSE is the key here. And more than that, this tool costs no money!
Thursday 10th August
Session 1: 9am - 11am
Session 2: 11:15am - 1:15pm
Venue: Spark Lab, Level 4 Seafarers Building 52 Tyler Street, Britomart, Auckland.
Workshop Cost: $100
The workshop is inclusive to Premium Ticket holders. Please email RSVP to Linda@semipermanent.com
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