guidance, field-work assignment
mapping the smells
Extracting the smells.
coffee (that is cooked too long)
moss from the Kralingse forest
piet from the Kralingse forest
- stroop wafel
- metal (+ machine oil)
- water of the Maas river
extracting the smell of Maas river
From 1.5 liter Maas river water, we have extracted this much. It smells like the Maas river on the hot sunny day. Smells also like a fish tank.
Willem de Kooning Academy
Rotterdam The Netherlands
22 - 26. 03. 2010.
AROMASCAPE OF ROTTERDAM
What do you smell if you walk around the City of Rotterdam? The exotic smell of a Toko, the muddy smell of The River Maas, the tasty smell from the bread factory, etc. etc. In this project you are going to explore Rotterdam on the level of smell.
What is it that we are smelling, what does it make you imagine, what does it make you feel? This course will deal with these questions through a combination of lectures, hands-on workshops with fieldworks, and a final presentation.
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. We will map the smell and texts and create [AROMASCAPE OF ROTTERDAM]
on Google map.
Secondly we will extract smells from these smelly materials: cheese burgers, old books, rubber tyres, flowers, soup, etc. You will learn how to do this yourself (in the most simple way).
The best presentation of smell will possibly be used for a TEDX goody bag.
Results from the last year:
in the category [SMELL MAP]
Mon 15, 13:30 - 15:00
Slideshow (with my laptop and projector) introducing my works and the last year's projectweek. The students receive an assignment 'olfactory exercise'.
Tue 16, 9:00 - 15:00
Lecture and discussion - based on the assignment. What do we smell? How do we smell? What would be 'the smell of Rotterdam'?
Practice - demonstration of smell extraction
Thu 18, 9:00 - 15:00
Practice - smell extraction
Students will work on extracting the smells with alcohol and make a simple 'perfume'.
Fri 19, 13:00 - 15:00 presentation
Is there Something New about Perfume and Wine?
In Japan we drink sake occasionaly with a cup that is made of fragrant wood called Hinoki. It smells similar to Cedar. Alcohol property of sake carries the volatile fragrant moleculues of the wooden cup. As a result, you can both smell and taste Hinoki. It seems to me as if I'm enjoying a perfume when drinking sake.
Choosing wine is always a difficult job for me, because it's more about creating a [world] or [experience] around a table than just choosing a right one that matces a dish. The same as perfume. It's more about composing a situation of what and how other people feel and experience when they are are around me.
Once you zoom out like this, you would notice that you are a script writer or a composer for a moment when you are selecting wine or perfume. There are a lot of possibilities open in my perspective. I hope more and more interesting experiments to be done.