space installation

Production: Kyoto Arashiyama Art Festival (performing arts festival)
Venue: Riverside Ryokan Arashiyama Benkei, Kyoto Japan
Premier: November 3rd, 2022
Sound: Shambala 2 / Friedrich Glorian

What if we could see scents? Aerosculpture is the collective name for a series of research and experiments that started with this question. This time, with the help of dry ice and smoke.

Traditionally, there is an incense culture in Japan. Incense is not only used to add a pleasurable fragrance to a space, but also has a sense of hospitality and a religious role in dispelling evil spirits. When people visit temples, they first cover their heads with smoke to purify themselves.

As a child, I simply enjoyed covering myself in smoke. It smelled slightly sweet and good, it was visible but it disappeared quickly, and I tried desperately to catch it, which was not at all possible to  grasp.  With this work, I tried to provide a place to play with the fragrance like a child.

As the exhibition venue was located in the heart of Arashiyama, a place of worship in the ancient capital of Kyoto, experiments were conducted to produce the 'aroma of temple incense' with dry ice.

Experimental music by musician Friederich Glorian's Tibetan gongs added depth to the time axes. In this way, the composition of time (sound) and space (fragrance) proved that scent can also be a performing art.

[Technical Production]

First, I started by experimenting with dry ice evaporation. When the shiitake mushroom broth was evaporated with dry ice, it smelled of forest, while the kelp broth had the scent of the sea. Even the same aroma smells completely different from our usual perception of it because dry ice evaporates aromas at a lower temperature (-70 degrees C)  than the atmosphere (+-20 degrees C).  I understood then that ancient Japanese cuisine, in which both types of dashi are used in abundance, conceptually expresses the forest and the sea.  

The next step was fragrance composition.  The combustion temperature of incense is 800-1000 degrees Celsius, and it was extremely difficult to express this in liquid perfume because the evaporation mechanism is different and the temperature difference is large. As a result, I assembled the fragrance using mainly agarwood accords, sandalwood, patchouli and other fragrances used in burning incense. It was then adjusted for water-base fog liquid in order to use a lower fog machine (ADJ Miter Kool II ) to produce large quantities of smoke.

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