Tear Factory

21st June 2012

Titled 'Tear, if you can smell it, it has mass' was one of my favourite projects from design products at the RCA. Exploring our relationship with scent and in some ways our lack of understanding of its impact from an animalistic perspective, Angela Bracco's project was poetic, contemplative and provocative.

Basing her project on a research study done on the response of men to having a woman's tear put onto their upper lip she has designed a conceptual 'tear factory' named Delilah project.

The study carried out in 2011 showed a notable drop in testosterone levels of men who had womens tears put on their upper lip suggesting a deeper hidden pheromone that we cant smell.

Exploring future potential ideas she hypothesies about a sad cinema - a place where sad films are shown and tears are harvested for future use. Synthetic tears are also created in her tear simulator (Delilah project) and administered in the future in an Emotional mist. Sprayed into the air or in booths were men can come to be 'calmed' the mist offers a way to distribute these future 'chemosignals' on a large scale.

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