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Snidge Scrumpin’: Mapping Smell and Memory
21 November, 2018, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pmFree
Smell is unique because it has the special capacity to take us right back to our childhood. Snidge Scrumpin’ maps the specific smells that belong to the Black Country, from Banks’s brewery’s hoppy stink to groaty pudding to spicy curry. In Black Country dialect, ‘Snidge’ means ‘nose’ and ‘Scrumpin’’ is ‘foraging’.
These events build on research into the Proust Phenomenon, which suggests that odours can reactivate memories. You are invited to take part in an interactive psychological experiment that collects Black Country smells and tastes that trigger different memories. You will be exposed to a number of different smells, and be asked to retrieve and describe memories, and then rate these on various dimensions. Snidge Scrumpin’ will demonstrate the importance of the smell and taste for our sense of regional history, and shows how place shapes us. The project will draw up the lost odours belonging to this post-industrial region whilst charting a new 21st-century palate.
‘Snidge Scrumpin’: Mapping Smell and Memory’ will also take place on Thursday 22 November at Wolverhampton Art Gallery between 7:30pm and 9:00pm and must be booked separately.
In partnership withThe Black Country Living Museum, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Black Country Chamber of Commerce, Black Country Canal and Tunnel Trust
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