installations by Sam Durant and Ana Prvački
We installed scents that can be experienced on the sidewalk in front of our apartment. It is based on beliefs, during the Black Plague, that strong smells and vapors would keep disease away. The recommended smells were cinnamon, clove, orange, and vinegar. It was common that people would saturate their window frames and doorways with these scents.
We installed ten metronomes set to 60bpm in a row of trees on the sidewalk near our apartment. It created a promenade of syncopated tic-toc sounds as passersby strolled, ran, and cycled past.
Sam Durant is a North American interdisciplinary artist whose works engage a variety of social, political, and cultural issues. Often taking up forgotten events from the past, his work makes connections with ongoing social and cultural issues.
Ana Prvački’s training and background in music, theater, mask work, architecture, fine art, and beekeeping inform a cross-disciplinary practice that ranges from painting to video, performance, and augmented reality. Her experimental approach includes scientific research, behavioral study, and emotional affect in a strategy for creating unique experiences and an environmentally conscious artistic practice.