SCENT MEMORY BOTTLE
Event Design & Art Installation
An art installation investigates human extension, olfactory synesthesia, aiming to enhance odor memory and build the local scent culture. The user can select the time and direction of the smell story by rotating the bottle cap to view the uploaded smell story, and then visit event location with the map.
4 weeks (2020.09-2021.10)
Adviser: Zhiyong Fu
Exhibit in CIDIH-THU 110th Anniversary & New Normal workshop, Ewha Womans University X Tsinghua University
Team leader, Interaction experience researcher & designer, Concept designer, Programmer, Structure designer
4% of the World Has Been Infected With COVID-19, WHO Estimates.
During Covid 19 epidemic sitiation, people all wear masks everyday and also the sense of smell is masked, missing so many memories about smell during this time.
People may ask:“ How to rebuild our smell experience we have missed?”
Connection / Synesthesia / Olfactory Memory / Time Regression / Story / Urban Memory
Future design based on human extension -- Olfactory synesthesia & Time retrospection
We created Scent Memory Bottle, an art installation based on
human extension, Olfactory synesthesia and time retrospection,
aimed to enhance people’s unique memories of scent to build
the scent culture of the region.
Quiet park / Youthful campus / Street corner intersection ...
Places with high traffic and
unique smells around them.
People who are forced to wear masks and have their sense of smell obscured by the epidemic want to
experience a "sense of smell" that they have missed somewhere else.
How to give the user a certain "scent experience" while wearing the mask?
In what way do you make the user feel the scent?
How to resonate with the user's feelings?
How to make them experience "the smells they have missed in the past"?
How to make the whole experience more engaging and interesting?
How to tell the scent story?
How to make people feel safe in the experience?
(Distance, Understanding, Hood, Expression)
HOW TO USE
Rotate the bezel.
Red arrow points in the direction of the scent you are looking for.
Press the cap of the bottle.
A gentle breeze comes,
the smell stories corresponding to time and location.
Rotate the cap of the bottle.
Select the time of the scent you want to retrace.
Front screen shows the time of the scent stories as the cap rotating.
The bottom of the bottle will flash the red light to indicate that there are many scent stories at this time and direction now.
Scan the QR code into the
You can browse the scent map & Upload your own scent story.
The map on the printed card will lead you to find the location of the scent story, and feel the story through time and space.
Time Duration: 1996.Jun - 2020.Jul
Update time: 2020.Oct
In our website/mini program, we have a map mode to show all of the olfactory stories uploaded by community.
PROTOTYPE & TESTING 1.0
1. Rotate the bezel
4. Print the scent map
5. Scan the QR code,
enter the Wechat applet.
2. Rotate time dial
3. Press time cap
We made our first prototype with cardboard-
based materials and conducted user testing,
Overall we got good feedbacks, but we still needed to make further adjustments to the structure of the prototype.
PROTOTYPE & TESTING 2.0
Rotate & Press
Identification of magnetic fields
Press the button and blow.
Print out a scent map
Printout & Air Outlet
& Button & Screen
& Directional Arrows:
& smooth rotation
After the first round of user testing, we changed the position of the printer and added a screen to show the time.
Also, we put it in the real forest to test.
Printer & Fan:
Bottle + Memory + Overlap
via magnetic output
& Press confirmation
Stable & Precise
A clear, rhyming bottle is more evocative.
Ten seconds to blow.
Map of Blow Out Scent & scent stories
Show the corresponding time with the knob
Video duration: 2'38''