Odorama // Do you smell blue?

Smelling color and dancing to scents.
Explore the wondrous world of synesthesia.

Whether derived from nature, or chemically constructed, odourant molecules have the ability to profoundly effect our behaviour, emotions and associations. Tonight we will explore the wondrous world of synesthesia. A neurological phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway (sight) leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway (smell).



Thursday 11 February
Food at 18:00, talks begin at 20:00
Pre-sale €7,50 / Door €10,- / Students €5,-

This evening is co-organized with Odorama curator Caro Verbeek

// Speakers
Dr. Cretien van Campen – synesthesia expert
Dr. Laura Speed – MA Radboud Universiteit
Amy Toner – choreographer
+ scents by music-smell ‘synesthica’ Dana el Masri

// Information
Mediamatic Biotoop,
Dijkspark 6, 1019 BS, Amsterdam

“You, Too, Can Smell Like Vladimir Putin” | The Daily Beast


Vladislav Rikunov’s new “warm, woody scent” is the result of six months of creative observation and inspiration, the Belarusian perfumer told The Daily Beast. Rekunov’s creation, “Leader Number One” eau de toilette, was designed in Belarus, made in France, and approved by Putin himself, according to the perfume’s distributors. The fragrance is on sale in only one place: in the heart of Moscow, on Red Square.

Read more at: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/01/09/you-too-can-smell-like-vladimir-putin.html

COLLECTED SMELLS: Smell Lab Showcase

Community showcase night
20 January | 19:30


The Smell Lab is a monthly meeting space open for everybody who is interested in experimenting around the sense of smell. This night will showcase the work that has been going on in the lab so far:

Collected Smells is the first installation produced by the Smell Lab, a group of people researching the sensation and science of smell. The work consists of several smells gathered during the Smell Lab’s meetings and are derived from various locations in Berlin-Neukölln. The installation is made up of cloth sheets imbued with scents from our surroundings – the water, the soil, smoke and leaves. The work is the culmination of the lab’s explorations and is the first in a series of future projects.

You can read more about the preparation for this installation in this recent blog about the Smell Lab on DailySecret: What does Kottbusser Tor smell like? by Nika Mavrody.

This event is part of the transmediale/CTM Vorspiel 2016 festival

More information about the Smell Lab is available here and on past events here. You can also join on Meetup.


Volatile!: A Poetry and Scent Exhibition


Dec 11, 2015 – Feb 19, 2016

What if every poem had its own fragrance, beyond the literal smell of the materiality of the page? What if one could smell a poet’s imaginative, conceptual, intellectual world, the text unfurling into an aroma? In Volatile!, curator and design historian Debra Riley Parr presents a number of objects and experiences that invite speculative connections between poetry and scent. Scent artist David Moltz of Brooklyn-based perfumery D.S. & Durga tells the story of a young boy who is transformed into a mythical beast through a series of 12 scents captured beneath 12 glass cloches. Works by artist Brian Goeltzenleuchter with poet Anna van Suchtelen, typography artist Ben Van Dyke, ceramicist Seth Bogart, florist Jaime DeGroot, and artists Amy Radcliffe and Eduardo Kac are also featured.

View David Moltz discussing narrative structure in perfume and a demonstration of Amy Radcliffe‘s analogue odor camera.

Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street
Free admission


ONE DROP OF FREEDOM: The Scent of Grass, A Symbol of Freedom.

One drop can be too much or one drop can help a life… Support refugees, buy one drop of the scent of grass.

The internationally renowned scent artist Peter de Cupere has developed a special fragrance based on grass: ONE DROP OF FREEDOM, a unique perfume or Eau de l’Herbe “that symbolizes freedom and a safe place.”

Your donation – with the cooperation of Peter the Cupere and many other volunteers from the PXL-MAD (Media, Arts & Design) School of Arts – will provide Refugee Aid Flanders and Limburg Platform for Refugees with extra support. “Flemish Refugee” is an organization that defends the rights of refugees and asylum seekers and provides assistance to them. And for more than 20 years, it has put a large group of volunteers in the various refugee committees of the Limburg Platform for Refugees.

So join and spread freedom: share & like the Facebook page:
And please donate on www.one-drop-of-freedom.com to help the refugees and get the scent of fresh grass! Thanks for your time and your heartfelt generosity!

Make your donation today!

“The Masticator” by Eric Vrymoed at the IAO

The Masticator
An installation by Eric Vrymoed
The Institute for Art and Olfaction Project Space

On view: January 9 to February 5, 2016


The Institute for Art and Olfaction (IAO) is pleased to present The Masticator – an on-site installation by artist Eric Vrymoed.

For this current project, Vrymoed focuses on ideas around mastication: the frenzy, the consumption, the obsessive. Utilizing sound, scent, and everyday objects, he provokes a disorientation of the senses. Through his use of materials, Vrymoed highlights the connection between it’s destruction and corporeal repurposing.

He invites the viewer to contemplate the absurdity of the labor composed before them; the pounds of gum chewed; the termites corralled – ultimately exploring the alchemical translation of substance though physical consumption and transformation. But, always, with a wink a nod.

Read more at the IAO’s website: http://artandolfaction.com/projects/the-masticator

Imagem & Olfacção (Image & Olfaction)


Imaginary Authors
Meo Fusciuni
In-House Smound

Primavera de Lima
Sara de Pinho
Jorge de Sousa
Manel Neves


We confront four artists photographers, with their own olfactory memories. Unknown to each other, with different aesthetic sensibilities and life experiences, we travel with them through different odors, aromas and fragrances. We wanted, that they smelled, felt and gained consciousness of the sense that quite naturally have, but probably very little had used consciously, in the creative process. We challenged a return to the past, and the capture of that moment!

We tease this ideasthesic moment with the intersection of semantic content, got through the experience of a lifetime, with an activator of olfactory memory, enclosed within a 5ml container in the form of a fragrance! The result was immediate. The journey had begun. Without any condition, or embarrassment. It would only be necessary to express it through the way that they knew best: The photography, unedited!

We were aware that from the point of view of real experience, the visual representation of scents, both in art and in literary descriptions, has nothing to do with olfactory art, but only with the meaning and with the suggestion of environments and atmospheres . We knew that an olfactory art work has to be really felt and smelled. Our goal is a more intense sensorial experience. From sight to the olfactory sense: from the olfaction to the Image. As such, we chose a synesthesic installation, where the images are displayed side by side with the scents, which gave rise to them. 16 Photos: 4 Artists, 4 Aromas, 4 images.

In a gallery, full of artistic memories, and that itself appeals to all the senses, located in heart of the historical area of Porto, and with a superb view over the Jardins das Virtudes and the Douro, will be open to the public from January 29 until February 27.

To the imagination of the spectator!

  • Initiative: Smound _ Art & olfaction,
  • Support: Nicho _ Perfume d’Autor
  • Curated by João Losa & Tiago Monteiro
  • Special thanks to Josh Meyer, Giuseppe Imprezzabile and
    Laura Soutinho.