What if you were granted the ability to alter any of your memories? To change certain details or outcomes?
In the provocative sci-fi short Olfactory, a technology has been invented which allows users to access any of their memories via their sense of smell.
The technology can also be hacked to allow users to not only revisit any memory, but edit them as well.
A app developer named Brian (Kiernan Mulcare) has been abusing the hacked technology, altering his memories in attempts to inject excitement into his waning relationship.
Written by director Christopher Piazza and Lucas Kane for PanopticonNYC, Olfactory is a stylish and haunting rumination on how our past experiences are crucial contributors to who we are in the present.
If we are given the ability to manipulate our memories, what impact would such alterations have on our sense of self? Our identity?
Would such technology enable us to experience new, exciting possibilities, or would it open a psychological Pandora's Box?
The fact there is actual scientific research being conducted on memory editing technologies makes this compelling short film feel eerily prescient.
With its topical narrative powered by the nuanced and resonant performances of the talented cast, this short film reframes the philosophical question of just because we can do something should we? into an affecting 21st-century cautionary tale.
Experience Olfactory in its entirety here...
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