Since beginning of this month artist Lauryn Mannigel and Jessica Duncan, assistant professor Rural Sociology, have been working together to create food made of human body scent. Tomorrow during lunch, Mannigel will explain her work in Impulse.
By working with Mannigel, Duncan hopes to gain more insight into real world interactions around smells, other than those derived from tests done in strict laboratory settings. Although her field of research is not human body scent, her expertise around food cultures is relevant to the project. ‘Particularly sociological theories related to taboo and disgust’, she explains. ‘We can be quite certain that feelings of disgust are likely to emerge when you ask people to taste foods made from the scents of other people.’
Creating foods from human scent is not the only goal Mannigel has. Together with Duncan, she is considering conducting interviews and focus groups with students to get a sense of how they relate to smell and how they might react the eating scents. Another possibility is an activity helping people find other people to date with, based on human scent. Finding an attractive human scent is a challenging task, as everyone person has a different taste and smell.
During the gathering in Impulse, Mannigel will explain her work and ask the opinion of the audience. Also artist Basse Stittgen will present his work about small objects made of blood. Both artists are part of Creative Innovations, a project of 100 years WUR, in which artist and scientists work together.