Allergy life

180 x 100 x 72mm, formax, arduino, paper, 2018

In the fall of 2019, when I had a stuffy nose, I wanted to see a doctor. And after waiting for about ten days, I was able to meet General practice on the Zernike campus. (In Korea, if I want to see a doctor, I don’t need any reservation, but just go to the hospital and wait about 30 minutes, then I can get treatment.) Explaining my symptoms, he suggested me to get enough rest and drink warm tea. At the moment, I was perplexed and asked him immediately to prescribe antihistamines and asked if he could do an allergy test. But he asked me to mark the day that I get sick on the calendar and to be cautious about next year. It was the moment when I realized that I had nested in a country of autoimmunity and natural healing. And in the long run, I thought this way of treatment would be better, but it was difficult for me to adjust to this system right away. As I have a body that is used to have four or five pills for a cold. I started taking medicine late, or maybe it was due to pollen that is lethal to me, I probably lived for about a month with almost no sense of smell. My head kept hurting because of my stuffy nose. I didn’t feel while eating and had trouble breathing properly while sleeping. I felt like I had lost all the joyful things in my life.

And suddenly I came with a lot of questions like, ‘What if the world’s sense of smell disappears? How can we feel the scent on an object or anywhere? And if the sense of smell disappears, what senses can we use to feel it? If we can feel the sense of smell using different senses, what kind of sense is possible?’

It is a project to show the visualisation of olfactory. “What if the sense of smell is blocked, how can I feel the sense of smell in my life?” When a butterfly sits on a flower, we can think of it has fragrant.