With a background in mathematics, chemical science, linguistics and languages, and visual art, Sissel Tolaas has dedicated herself to Nose /Smell in all levels of life for more than twenty years. She has an archive of 6730 smells from reality, plus a lab archive of 2500 molecules. Sissel's knowledge and expertise is in simulation – simulation through synthetic molecules – the air and smells that surround us all the time, from body sweat or smells from hardcore neighbourhoods. Her aim is and ask questions, train tolerance and train awareness. To do this Sissel works internationally, interdisciplinarily and collaboratively. Her work is about making systems of smells as a basis for communication, used for the purposes of navigation, education, design, architecture, health care, and environment. Sissel has exhibited at SFMOMA, San Francisco; MOMA, New York; the Guggenheim, Venice and Berlin; Museum of Modern Art, Berlin; National Art Museum of China, Beijing; biennales in Berlin, Venice, Tirana, Gwangju, Liverpool. Recent awards include the Rouse Foundation Award 2009, Harvard Graduate School of Design and an ArsElectronica Award 2010.