Smell can empower vision and sound or convey meaning on its own. Sissel Tolaas’ work is all about making systems of scents as the basis for communication. These systems can be used for navigation, education, design, architecture, health care, and the environment. She has an archive of 6730 smells from reality, plus a professional lab archive of 2500 molecules. Tolaas’ smell walks and projects help people reach a new understanding of their environments.

In conversation with Marylene Delbourg-Delphis, writer, philosopher, serial entrepreneur and CEO.

With support from the Chelsea River Gallery and the University Musical Society (UMS).

This lecture took place on October 20, 2011 as part of the University of Michigan School of Art & Design's Penny W. Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series. Established with the generous support of alumna Penny W. Stamps, the Speaker Series brings respected emerging and established artists/designers from a broad spectrum of media to the School to conduct a public lecture and engage with students, faculty, and the larger University and Ann Arbor communities.

All programs take place on Thursdays at 5:10 pm at the historic Michigan Theater, located at 603 E. Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor, and are free of charge and open to the public. For more information, please visit:

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