Peter De Cupere tested 3 of his prototype Blind Smell Sticks and one Blind Smell Touch (a glove that has the posibility to smell everything you touch) in Rio de Janeiro. Visitors to the Biennale can try one of the prototypes in the exhibition space.
Explore the smells of your city, environment or another location by simply walking by and sniffing with the Blind Smell Stick.
The little bulb on top of the stick has holes in it and it detects the smells. With the use of a few mini ventilators, heating, and filters, the scents reach your nose through a special tube. You can wear dark sunglasses and really focus on the smells or you can also open the dark glasses and take a look at what you're smelling.
It's another way to explore a city or the surroundings.
The Blind Smell Stick lets you re-design the way you experience your life. It's also a tool to help blind people to find their way and to help them enjoy their daily life more.
It has a lot of possibilities. We could make a smell line (Smell Groove) through the city and every street would have their own smell. That makes it easier on people to find their way and also makes it more pleasurable.