Born in East Germany Lauryn Mannigel is an artist-researcher, curator and educator currently based in Berlin. She earned her M.A in Contemporary Art and New Media from Université Paris 8 (2009). For her master’s thesis she investigated the aesthetic experience of 20th and 21st century process-oriented, contextual and relational art practices by pointing towards a consequence that modern (abstract) theoretical discourse poses on aesthetic experience: a gap between artist, artwork, and observer.

Mannigel’s artistic practice spans more than 10 years exploring non-visual modalities. She has previously examined the influence of the physical and socio-cultural dynamics of space on body perception and affect through site-specific interventions, such as Occupation Sonore (Montreal, 2007) Hotel California (The Hague, 2010) and tactile sound installations, such as Internal Earthquake (Berlin, 2014). Currently, Mannigel explores the affective and perceptual experience of perspiration, presently within the framework of the olfactory dating performance Love Sweat Love (Amsterdam 2016), which was co-produced by Mediamatic. Through a survey that was part of the performance, she particularly investigates into participant’s feeling descriptions. See first results here.

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Smelling a body scent sample, Creative Innovation Art meets Science residency program, Wageningen University, 2018, Photo: Sven Menschel

In addition Mannigel has been developing curatorial projects that foster discussions on art processes, presentation formats, and interdisciplinary collaborations, such as the Think Tank (Montreal, 2007) and the Think&Action Tank (Berlin, 2014-2015). Furthermore, she is interested in creating non-visual sensory experiences in experimental exhibition settings. In this regard, she co-curated the site-specific non-visual exhibition The Ability to Fail in Public (Berlin, 2014)—an attempt to explore the role of failure in creative processes through sound installations. Recently, her passion for smell led her to co-found the Smell Lab (Berlin, July-Dec 2015) and to organize the Smell Lab reading group (Berlin, Oct-Dec 2015) which explored smell through various angles such as art history, aesthetics, curating, and sociology. Since 2016 she organizes the Sensory Culture Club reading group (Berlin) which tackles with the role of society and culture in sense perception, cognition and contemporary sensory aesthetics through a variety of readings.

Furthermore, Mannigel developed and led public workshops within the educational department of the Canadian Centre for Architecture (Montreal, 2011-2013).