litterae odorum

All the senses have their own descriptive vocabularies, for example for sight, there is red, green, and yellow, and for taste there is sweet and sour, etc. But the sense of smell can have no descriptive vocabulary of its own. Rather, we borrow our adjectives from the other senses, so that it smells sour, or has a smell like roses, cloves or musk. They are all, however, terms drawn from other senses. Consequently, we  cannot describe our sense of smell. Until now:

Litterae odorum are the first characters from the olfactory alphabet, which consists of 350 letters (olfactory receptors in the nose). Quick learning of the new language is possible by the synesthetic experience.

Concept: Patrick Palcic

Design: Patrick Palcic

Scent: Anisaldehyde, Cinnamaldehyde, Citronellal, Isoamyl acetate, Sandalore

Photo: Nikolaus Brade

Face: Rosina Koch

Text: Patrick Palcic

Berlin, 2018

Order it.

The Fantastic Five
Letter OR6P1 . Anisaldehyde
Letter OR2C1 . Cinnamaldehyde
Letter OR1A2 . Citronellal
Letter OR10G7 . Isoamyl acetate
Letter OR2AT4 . Sandalore
Scent-word constellation 1
Scent-word constellation 2
Scent-word constellation 3
Scent-word constellation 4
Synaesthetic reading: See.