World-renowned scent expert, researcher and “professional inbetweener”, Sissel Tolaas has dedicated her work to the world of smells. Since 1990 she has been working actively with a focus on the topic of SMELL / SMELL & LANGUAGE - COMMUNICATON, within different sciences, fields of art/design and other disciplines. Her body of work ranges from conceptual experiments with the scent of violence to developing an ambient odour for Margiela, or consulting for brands like Adidas.
Sissel Tolaas studied mathematics, linguistics, chemical science, languages, and visual art at the universities of Oslo, Warsaw, Moscow, St Petersburg and Oxford. She has worked at institutions such as MIT and the Harvard Graduate School of Design, exhibited her work at museums including MoMA New York, Britain’s Tate Liverpool and the National Art Museum of China Beijing and counts NASA, Louis Vuitton and Johnson & Johnson among her clients.
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All our talks are for free (whether you are a member or not), held in english, at the auditorium of the MUDAM (the "Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean") in Luxembourg.
Monobloc tells the story of the best-selling piece of furniture of all time. Estimates claim there are a billion of these cheap plastic chairs in use all over the world. This unassuming chair threatens our environment and good taste but is indispensable for millions of people to whom a chair is a chair and nothing more. This is the tale of an object viewed through a critical eye on globalisation - a story that spans functionality and beauty, capitalism and sharing, consumption and recycling.