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Sissel Tolaas

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Sissel Tolaas – 22 – Molecular Communication

The Berlin-based Norwegian smell researcher and artist Sissel Tolaas maps and collects in an archive smells from all over the world. To date, she has developed 52 smell profiles (“smellscapes”) of major international cities and studied the smell landscapes of shores and oceans. For the exhibition “22 – Molecular Communication,” Tolaas investigates the smell of Müllerstrasse in the Wedding neighborhood of Berlin. This place is of particular importance for the history of the Schering Stiftung: In the late 1860s, the trained pharmacist Ernst Schering had moved the entire chemical production from the original headquarters, the Grüne Apotheke (Green Pharmacy) in Chausseestrasse, to a larger production site in Müllerstrasse, thus laying the foundations for a flourishing pharmaceutical business that left its mark on the industrial location of Berlin for more than a century.