Smell Feel Match is a performative experiment that investigates the perceptual olfactory judgments of friendships. It offers the opportunity to make new friends based on shared feelings and body scent preferences about the ways that others smell.
Smell Feel Match offers the opportunity to make new friends based on people’s smell. Participants explore their perception of others’ smell by examining their feelings as well as their own preferences about others’ body scents. Through a paper and online questionnaire, the work catalogs these responses for further documentation and assessment. Based on participants’ online responses, they are then immediately matched and are sent a friendship potential prediction via SMS.
Smell Feel Match spurs participants to ask themselves the following three questions:
(1) How do I feel when perceiving someone’s smell?
(2) What does a body scent experience disclose about my perception of others?
(3) What role do body scents play in including and excluding people from my social circles?
Curator: Susanne Jaschko
Information architecture & UX design: Kaustubh Srikanth
Poster design: Sheraz Khan
Paper questionnaire design: Robby Ndwiga
Photos test run: Ali El-Darsa
Venue test run: top e.V.
Many thanks to Susanne Jaschko, Kaustubh Srikanth, Mindaugas Gapsevičius and all participants of the test run!