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"Smell the horse, dad": A qualitative case study on using scents as a sensory tool to bridge historical information through embodied storytelling within a museum
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
2023 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis [Artistic work]Alternative title
"Lukta på hästen, pappa" : En kvalitativ fallstudie om användning av dofter som ett sensoriskt verktyg för att överbrygga historisk information genom embodied storytelling inom ett museum (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

The thesis was conducted as the master thesis for a Master's in innovation and design. The aim of this thesis was to investigate in what ways scent can be used as an olfactory stimulation within exhibitions and to access the possible effects that occur from bridging historical contexts with scent within the exhibitions – as a tool for embodied storytelling. The olfactory study focuses on Leksmedjan Smetuna in Rademachersmedjorna, Eskilstuna. The thesis theoretical framework presents theories on sense of smell, museum experiences, storytelling, and embodied storytelling. A space analysis and a qualitative interview with a museum pedagogue at Västermanland´s county museum. An observational smellscape with different scented elements is conducted as well, with visiting children at Leksmedjan Smetuna in Rademachersmedjorna – where children get the chance to experience historical scents from the 17th century, through their sense of smell. This with the aim to visualize the physical-, emotional- and social effects that occur during children´s sensory museum experiences. The scented elements for the observational smellscapes were designed and produced during the thesis design process and are based on theoretical and empirical data collection. The results of the thesis bring forth important perspectives regarding children´s sensory museum experiences that incorporate scented elements. 

Abstract [sv]

Examensarbetet genomförs som ett examensarbete för en Master i innovation och design. Syftet med denna studie är att undersöka på vilka sätt doft kan användas som luktstimulering inom utställningar, samt att visualisera möjliga effekter som uppstår genom att överbrygga historiska sammanhang med hjälp av doft inom utställningar – som ett verktyg för embodied storytelling. Doftstudien fokuserar på Leksmedjan Smetuna i Rademachersmedjorna, Eskilstuna. Studiens teoretiska ramverk presenterar teorier om människans luktsinne, museiupplevelser, storytelling med en fördjupning av embodied storytelling. Studiens empiriska metodarbete utgörs av en rumsanalys och en kvalitativ intervju med en museipedagog på Västermanlands länsmuseum. Metodarbetet inkluderar även en observerande smellscapes med besökande barn på Leksmedjan Smetuna i Rademachersmedjorna, Eskilstuna – där barnen får chansen att uppleva historiska dofter från 1600-talet, genom sitt luktsinne. Detta i syfte att visualisera de fysiska-, emotionella- och sociala effekterna som uppstår under barns sensoriska museiupplevelser av studiens doftelement. Doftelementen som ingår i studiens observerade smellscapes, designades och producerades under studiens designprocess och baseras på den teoretisk och empirisk datainsamling. Studiens resultat lyfter fram viktiga perspektiv på barns sensoriska museiupplevelser som innehåller doftelement.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2023. , p. 89
Keywords [en]
Scent design, user experience, observational smellscapes, children´s user experience, olfactory stimuli, sensory experience, storytelling, embodied storytelling, exhibition design, children, 17th century exhibition, interaction.
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Design
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-63036OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-63036DiVA, id: diva2:1771696
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Eskilstuna Stadsmuseum
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Innovation & design
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Available from: 2023-06-27 Created: 2023-06-20 Last updated: 2023-06-27Bibliographically approved

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