We dealt with olfactory stimuli and their relation with physical and visual design. Together we studied the creation of scents, discovered players and works of the olfactory design scene on excursions and developed our own positions in the field. In sessions and workshops, we discovered methods to creatively and aesthetically approach intangible and elusive sensualities. Olfactory artist Klara Ravat visited us for a couple of days in Halle where she taught us a lot about smell. After the kick-of workshop we took a trip to Amsterdam where we were so lucky as to attend two major events in the olfactory universe in two days. In a workshop called Scentify, the students were asked to translate or accompany films, music or other time based media into or with an olfactory experience.
The first evening in Amsterdam we spend at the beautifully located Mediamatic, an art centre dedicated to new developments in the arts focusing on nature, biotechnology and art+science. Amy Toner introduced us to the cultural history of scent, femininity and feminism followed by an olfactory performance. Oliver Haller, head of the costume department of the national ballet in Amsterdam shared some stories about the special challenges that arise when various artists share one costume and spoke about different ways and high tech possibilities to eliminate odours. Frank Bloem retold the story of Jorg Hempenius and Caro Verbeek recreating the smell of the Dutch football team’s locker room after the victory at the world cup in 1988.
We spent the second evening at the Stedelijk Museum where olfactory art historian Caro Verbeek led us through the programme. Olfactory Artist Peter de Cupere showed his work and shared some very interesting scents with the audience. Piet Devos connected the multisensory experiments of the historical avant-garde with the contemporary interest in disability aesthetics. Jorg Hempenius a.k.a. Scentman complemented the event as Aroma Jockey.
During the presentation of the scentify workshop guests could nose-walk through an oasis in the middle of a desert, visit Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, examine smell guns from outer space or experience multi-sensory performances.
Students: Lena Beigel, Lara Bousch, Moyu Cao, Cleo Dölling, Julia Ernst, Katerina Kagioglidis, Thekla Liebmann, Marie-Luise Möller, Laura Pelizzari, Justus Pfeifer, Elena Rotman, Chunxiao Shi