A course at ArtScience 2013
teacher: Maki Ueda
What is it that we are smelling, what does it make you imagine, what does it make you feel? Could we incorporate the olfactory sense in art? Could smell be a medium carrying information? This course will deal with these questions through a combination of lectures, workshops, intermediate presentations and a final presentation. In this course we will start with looking at examples of art and the olfactory sense, then we will discuss the potential of the olfactory sense in art. The workshops will first focus on fieldwork and on observing the environment with the olfactory sense. You will smell a lot and learn how to communicate about smell with others, using a basic vocabulary for analyzing and expressing the character of a smell. Secondly we will extract smells from raw materials like soup, cheese burgers, old books, rubber tyres, flowers, and smelly T-shirts. You will learn how to do this yourself and how to compose new smells (in the most simple way). You're expected to develop an olfactory game as a final assignment.
Applause to all the students!
It's sure going to be an exciting final presentation on Thursday. (From 12:00 - at PB301, KABK)
Yolanda: 3 different scents in different medium: alcohol, mustard oil, and incense.
John: working on the conditioning of his game.
Thijs: working on composition of perfume for his experiments on space & smell
Gabi: filtering her "gebakken uitjes (fried onion)" extract
...and we distilled "gebakken uitjes (fried onion)" smell. First we fried onions in the flask and...
...then distilled it.
Here comes the essence.
Tatiana: olfactory "Bookmarks" on smell and poem.
Giselle: olfactory jigsaw puzzle
Yaprak: olfactory Russian Roulet
Development of the works:
extraction of cat-related odours
cat hygiene (with or without pee)
needles to say...
extracting the scent of "gebakken uitjes" (fried onion) for crossword puzzle.
laurier leaves (cold tincture)
juniper berries (cold tincture)
working on making the stronger extract of autumn leaves for "jigsaw puzzle".
working on poem + odour + imagination.
working on "pokemon cards" type of game with a gradation of strength.
17.10.2013., from 13:00.
at the room of Art Science (PB 301), KABK
(co-presentation with the other class from Art Science)
I showed them an example of olfactory game.
Kodo: a Japanese traditional smelling game.
The test round.
Smell No. 1: Sumotara
Smell No. 2: Sasora
Smell No. 3: Manaka
Then the guessing game. I diffused them in the following order.
1. Smell No. 2
2. Smell No. 1
3. Smell No. 4 ----> new! Kyara
4. Smell No. 3
Then smelling incenses form the world.
Stick type with ginger oil.
For the recipe: http://smellart.blogspot.nl/2010/02/day-6-some-more-incense-recipes.html
Then we made non-conbustible incense with garam masala.
For the recipe: http://smellart.blogspot.nl/2010/02/day-6-how-to-make-non-combustible.html
Then we made a small play with some fragrant tools: fans and scarves.