Maki Ueda started her olfactory art course Smell and Art in 2009 at the ArtScience Interfaculty. In the course students learn a conceptual and abstract approach to the medium of smell. The use of smell goes beyond the representational use and focuses on its qualities and experience without a need for a narrative or context. The students are challenged to develop olfactory games using this approach. Furthermore, they learn chemical skills by extracting and composing smells to support their creations. The game format challenges our imagination: while we always have limited fragrance materials, we never stop thinking of new games. The Japanese traditional olfactory game Kodo is a good example of this.

course conception: Maki Ueda 
course given at: ArtScience Interfaculty of the Royal Academy of Art and Royal Conservatoire, The Hague, The Netherlands

hours: 36 to 48 hours

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 The course includes:

  1. Kodo workshop / The Smell of Tale of Genji workshop 
  2. Extraction workshop
  3. Incense making workshop 
  4. Perfumery Basics workshop (+- 100 natural / synthetic materials, composition of the smell of rose)