Box of Eurydice
Author: Yasuaki Matsumoto
I have made 3 works for the Olfactory Art and Science Research project: Eurydice, SEIREI, Box of Eurydice.
Eurydice is a video and performance artwork incorporating video and sound. It is a performance work that combines lost motherhood with scent, video and sound. This work was exhibited in Kyoto in July 2017.
SEIREI is a video installation. This work is an image of a lost child's memory, interviewed in the Tohoku region of Japan. This work was exhibited in Kyoto and Paris in 2017, and in Sweden in 2018.
Box of Eurydice is an interactive work created using traditional Japanese craftsmanship to experience the smell and sound associated with a mother's memories. This work was used at a welfare facility for the elderly in Sweden in the summer of 2018, exhibited in Kyoto and Sweden, and exhibited in Kyoto in March 2019.
All three works express the seeking of nostalgia for motherhood and its recollection, using sounds, pictures, and smells of past memories such as the sea, woods, hometown, childhood, etc. They are made to enable experience of nostalgia only through each individual connecting with the artworks.
Nostalgia varies from one person to the next, and it is expected that there will be a variety of odors that evoke nostalgic feelings. We were able to narrow down and identify the smells that more people respond to as nostalgic to some extent by a survey questionnaire. However, I was more interested in the generation of the active emotions of those who recalled nostalgic feelings, rather than the specific smells associated with individual memories. What I have tried to create is an art work that can give rise to an active feeling that tries to evoke a nostalgic smell, rather than using a nostalgic smell itself.