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MuseuHist¢ricoNacional∏PatKilgore2020
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MOUTH OF DEATH

History: cannon 26 - SIGA nº 015895

  This Spanish cannon probably came to the continent during the Spanish colonization of what would become Paraguay. Subsequently, it was captured by the Brazilian armed forces in the Paraguayan War of1864–1870.

 

  Cannons are sometimes called "Bocas de Fogo," a generic term for artillery that fires grenades through a tube. The inner part of the cannon, which can be smooth or ribbed, is called the "soul". Inside the cannon, a piece called a hammer strikes an ammunition capsule filled with gunpowder, causing an explosion that launches a projectile towards the target.

 

  Ever since this weapon’s creation, the operating principle has remained the same, and modernized versions are still being used by armed forces around the world.

 

  According to the “Guidelines for the Use of Force and Firearms by Law Enforcement Officers,” released in 2015 by Amnesty International, Brazil was ranked as the country where the police kill the most  people. In this data, it is important to emphasize 79% of police homicides are black and 75% are young.

  On May 6, 2021, at least 29 people were shot dead in the Jacarezinho favela in Rio de Janeiro. That event, known as "Chacina do Jacarezinho," is considered the deadliest police operation in the city's history. The civil police denied possible irregularities and claimed self-defense by the agents. Cases like this reinforce the findings of an article published by the newspaper Le Monde, stating that the Brazilian police are the most violent in the world — having killed 6000 people in 2019, six times more than in the United States.

smell Mouth of Death PB00014JB

  We begin by asking, What is the smell of death?

 

  Science's answer is a surprise, because it tells us that soon after dying the body emits a fresh odor, hexanol, similar to freshly cut grass. As the days go by, the decomposition causes other, very different odors somewhat like nail polish.

  This research, developed by the University of Huddersfield, in England, raises the theoretical possibility that each body, after death, may develop a unique, characteristic odor, related to the liberation of its unique combination of chemical substances and released as a kind of fingerprint or olfactory digital impression.

 

  For this installation, we started the process of smell development by simulating the odor of a body at the beginning stages of decomposition, since for ethical reasons, access to Cadaverina and Putrecina is restricted. Hence, we added the animalistic, carnal Castoreum chord arrangement, a musk and amber note with strong, pungent characteristics reminiscent of leather. The accord also includes a damp, gray and cold side of death as well as a narcotic and opulent florality derived from the use of white flowers.

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