What Did Qaddafi’s Death Smell Like?

Author: newyorker

Nicola Twilley on the second annual Art and Olfaction Awards:

The influence of smell over emotion is precisely what makes it an exciting artistic medium. “With scent, you can create a really immediate, really visceral response,” Allison Agsten, the curator of public engagement at the Hammer Museum, in Los Angeles, and a Sadakichi judge, told me. This was certainly true of “Famous Deaths,” which ended up winning the final Golden Pear. The team deliberately chose deaths that were either visually familiar or easy to picture—Lady Di’s car crash, Whitney Houston’s overdose, Muammar Qaddafi’s beating, J.F.K.’s assassination. “Everybody has seen theZapruder film,” Marcel van Brakel, one of the installation’s creators, told me. “But what we find interesting is what happens if you translate it in this way—does the perspective change? Are you able to get closer?”

Author: newyorker
 

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