Violet works      Raewyn Turner

A series of works and experiments exploring intuitive responses to lack of light and smell. Violet works are best experienced with the anosmic fragrance of violet, once a deeply political and emotional flower/fragrance during the time of Napoleon Bonaparte and the French Revolution. 


Move Violet    Raewyn Turner 2013

Move Violet explores intersensory experience and differences in perception. 

Move Violet refers to the fragrance of violet, once a deeply political and emotional fragrance during the time of Nelson Bonaparte and the French Revolution. Some people are anosmic to beta ionone (the smell of violets) and other compounds at certain concentrations.   Harold Neel, anosmic from birth, talks about his experience alongside Millane Rayner talking about what he remembers before he was born.      The video is designed to be experienced with the smell of Beta Ionone (violets). Fragrance emitting devices are placed near the screening of the video. The devices are low-tech and electronic and slowly release the aroma.

Producer, concept design, camera, sound recording, editing : Raewyn Turner

Soundscape : Raewyn Turner with assistance from Miranda Donovan, Jana Whitta and MAINZ.

Voices:  Millane Rayner and Harold Neel.

Hands: Yukiko Tomizawa


Don't Look The Sky is Violet        Raewyn Turner  2012

Two voices are heard—fragments of a stories by a person who has been anosmic since birth and a child who remembers before he was born.  The 3D soundscape moves around the space; two voicesare heard—fragments of a stories by a person who can’t smell and a child who can’t see. Along the way cars whiz by, a dog barks in the distance, aeroplanes take off, a train goes by, a breeze comes in through an open window. The sounds move around the audience.   

 

MP3 Audio Surround Sound: Created with assistance from Miranda Donovan, Jana Whitta and MAINZ. Voices Millane Rayner and Harold Neel.

Interactive installation : Don't Look The Sky is Violet  2012   :  The space is very dark.     The work is composed of mobile elements of sound, smell, and touch around the audience . The installation combines a 3D soundscape with a sequence of 20 smells which are brought to the audience by performers.   Each person is led through a dark fragranced portal/passageway into a room in complete darkness, onto a textured pathway which they feel underfoot and which will be their only guide through the installation. They begin their journey at a fork in the path. Smells are wafted around them by two performers who press various fragranced soft cotton swabs into their hands and replace them with others. The performers move around each person in a choreography of wind, smell and touch. 

 The smells are evocative and contemporary.   The perfumes are creations by Commercial Perfumer Louise Crouch.   

 Jane Nimsoongnem models the perfume stick apron

Jane Nimsoongnem models the perfume stick apron

 The selection of perfumes refers to the experience of the collective odours of the skins of ten older caucasian women during my artist residency at  Monell Chemical Senses Centre , 2011. Dr Preti  prepared a GCOOlfactory Gas Chromatograph session so that I could use my nose to detect human skin vapours emitted from a column—specifically skin extracts fromten older Caucasian women, and qualify my experience of them by verbal perceptual descriptions. 

The selection of perfumes refers to the experience of the collective odours of the skins of ten older caucasian women during my artist residency at Monell Chemical Senses Centre, 2011. Dr Preti  prepared a GCOOlfactory Gas Chromatograph session so that I could use my nose to detect human skin vapours emitted from a column—specifically skin extracts fromten older Caucasian women, and qualify my experience of them by verbal perceptual descriptions. 

Don't Look The Sky is Violet was hosted by Corban Estate Art Centre during the Interact Disability festival 2012.

Thanks to : Eugene Rayner, Marie Smith, Helen Prichard, Jeremy McCrae, Melissa Jordan, Jane Nimsoongnem


Violet Raewyn         Turner 2012

 

 

This was my first experiment in emotional sensory correspondences and refers to the anosmic fragrance of violet, once a deeply political and emotional flower/fragrance during the time of Napoleon Bonaparte and the French Revolution. Some people are anosmic to the smell of violets (beta ionone) and other compounds at certain concentrations.