Showing a new installation at Reed Arts Week

The 2018 artistic directors of Reed Arts Week are enthralled to present this year’s festival: Sensation. This theme can be interpreted in a plethora of ways, including, but not limited to bodily, media-based, and religious sensations. We recognize that the art world often prioritizes our vision, and, through the theme of sensation, we are encouraging artists and patrons alike to challenge this axiomatic primacy of sight in exchange for an interest in collective, spiritual, and somatic resonance.  

While the title of our festival employs the word “art,” we are emphasizing the interdisciplinary nature of Sensation. Both student and professional artists will appropriate campus as stage and scenery for poetry readings, dance pieces, theatrical and other performance works, live music, and, of course, the display of visual art. Featured artists and performers include: international olfactory artist Maki Ueda; poet Marty McConnell; fashion designer Eda Yorulmazoglu; animator Eric Dyer; artist Stephanie Gervais; poet Esther Belin; photographer Parker Day; 11:Dance Co.; photographer DJ Meisner; and musical performers Marquii and DJ Manny Petty. 

This year’s Reed Arts Week will take place from November 15 – November 18, 2018, on Reed College campus. While a group of Reed faculty initially introduced Reed Arts Week in 1990, the festival has come under the jurisdiction of students and this is the first year in which the annual event will be institutionally stewarded by the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery. All events are free and open to the public.

  • 11月15日 12:00~11月18日 0:00
  • Reed College
    3203 SE Woodstock Blvd, ポートランド 97202


OLFACTORY GAMES became a finalist in Art and Olfaction Awards 2018 (Sadakichi Award)

I'm pleased to announce that my course Olfactory Games (Smell and Art) has become a finalist in the 5th Art and Olfaction Awards.

This time I didn't submit my own work but "a course". I never expected that it would make it, to be honest. I appreciate the judges that made a unique decision. Applause to my colleagues at ArtScience, and all the students who participated in the course! We never stop creating new games.  

Some of the students will give presentations at the pre event Experimental Scent Summit on 18-19 Apr 2018 in London.  Award ceremony (gala) is on the 21st of Apr.

photo: Lucia Guglielmetti

Olfactory Games 
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.

Maki Ueda is an olfactory artist who explores olfaction with an abstract and conceptual approach. She was the World Technology Awards finalist in 2009 (category: art), and the Art and Olfaction Awards finalist in 2016 (Sadakichi Award). She is a guest teacher at ArtScience Interfaculty of the Royal Academy of Art and Royal Conservatoire, The Hague, The Netherlands. Maki Ueda is currently based in Okinawa, Japan. www.ueda.nl

Course conception: Maki Ueda

Participating students: June Yu, Lauren Jetty Howells-Green, Kay Churcher, Sophia Bulgakova, Ana Oosting, Abel Fazekas, Ilia Lukovnikov, Vera Khvaleva, Sunna Svavarsdottir, Mischa Lind, Stefano Zucchini, Georgia Kosmatou, Koen de Groot, Tudor Ulrich, Anni Nops, ...and all the students participating in the past courses.

Course given at: ArtScience Interfaculty of the Royal Academy of Art and Royal Conservatoire, The Hague, The Netherlands

Release from Art and Olfaction Awards:


April 5, 2018

MILAN— We are pleased to announce the nominees for the 2018 Art and Olfaction Awards, which we made public in a special press event at Esxence, in Milan, on April 5, 2018. 

Awarded to just four perfumes, one experimental scent project and two special awards — the Aftel Award and the Contribution to Scent Culture — a year, The Art and Olfaction Awards are designed to raise public interest and awareness around new developments in independent perfumery. The Awards, established in 2014 by the Institute for Art and Olfaction, are given to outstanding creators in the categories of independent, artisan, and experimental perfume from across the globe, chosen for perfumes released in 2017. 

The fifth annual Art and Olfaction Awards events will take place in a public ceremony at The Tabernacle. Continuing the tradition of holding the awards in unique locations in different perfume capitals of the world, the Tabernacle is a Grade II-listed building in Powis Square, Notting Hill, west London, England, built in 1887 as a church and converted into an arts center in the 1970s.  

Each Art and Olfaction Award winner will receive The Golden Pear, which continues to cement its status as a prestigious achievement in the perfume world.

As with past years, our panel of esteemed judges includes luminaries from the perfume and art worlds. The members of the Art and Olfaction Awards 2018 jury include:  Andy Tauer (Switzerland), Antonio Gardoni (Italy), Christopher Gordon (USA), Grant Osborne (UK), Harald Lubner (Germany), Josh Meyer (USA), Sarah McCartney (UK), Andreas Wilhelm (Switzerland), Bibiana Prival (USA), Dana El Masri (Canada), Dawn Spencer Hurwitz (USA), Matthias Janke (Germany), Ulrike Knöll (Germany), Spyros Drosopoulos (Netherlands), Cristiano Canali (France/Italy), Denyse Beaulieu (France), Helder Suffenplan (Germany), Jeanne Doré (France), Katie Puckrik (England), Luca Turin (Greece), Mark Behnke (USA), Ashraf Osman (Switzerland), Caro Verbeek (The Netherlands), Darin Klein (USA), Sarah Baker (England), Simon Niedenthal (Sweden)
Zoe Crosher (USA), Frederic Jacques (USA), Hall Newbegin (USA), Mandy Aftel (USA)

The Art and Olfaction Awards was founded in 2012 as an independent awards mechanism designed to celebrate innovation and excellence in artisan and independent perfume, and experimentation in scent within arts practices. The Art and Olfaction Awards are a program of The Institute for Art and Olfaction, a 501(c)3 non-profit based in Los Angeles, CA.

The Art and Olfaction Awards could not exist without the generous support of our partners at Lucky Scent / Scent Bar, Pochpac, Perfumers Apprentice, Esxence, Barrister and Mann, Aftelier Perfumes, Nez – La Revue Olfactive, Basenotes, ÇaFleureBon, AutumnSeventy, Perfumed Plume Awards. 

The Institute for Art and Olfaction is a 501(c)3 non-profit based in Los Angeles, CA. The Institute for Art and Olfaction advances public and artistic engagement with scent. We do this by initiating and supporting arts projects that utilize the medium of scent, by providing accessible and affordable education in our experimental laboratory as well as in partnership with institutions and community groups, and by celebrating excellence in independent and artisan perfumery through our yearly award mechanism, The Art and Olfaction Awards. Through these efforts, we extend the world of scent beyond its traditional boundaries of appreciation and use.

For press inquiries please contact:
Maxwell Williams, Press and Communications Officer

maxwell@artandolfaction.com - 213-271-6145


My course is mentioned in Caro Verbeek's article

Cited from:


Smell courses in art academies: fresh perspectives 
More and more art students (the Royal College of Art, the Hague, the Royal College of Art, London and PXL Mad, Hasselt) are taught how to engage with new and demanding (museum) audiences through the sense of smell.
The Dutch-Japanese artist Maki Ueda has been teaching the course ”Smell and Art” at the ArtSicence Interfaculty at the Royal Academy of Arts the Hague for almost 10 years now. Ueda choose the olfactory game as a starting point because it requires a creative approach, that is neutral in a sense that the quality and nature of the scents are less important than the sense of smell itself:
“From the beginning I made a conceptual and abstract approach to medium of smell […] We always have limited fragrance materials but we never end up with thinking of new games”
Beside challenging her students to playfully explore the limits of our most neglected sense in order to get acquainted with its characteristics and peculiarities, there is also a practical dimension. Students actually learn the basic skills of perfume making:
“There needs to be a poetic aesthetic dimension too. That is why I teach students a somewhat scientific approach to the medium of smell by extracting and composing, in order to entertain their audience in a creative way”



Upcoming events: Feb, Mar

(1) Some students from my course at ArtScience are making presentations at the event.

14.02.2018 20:00- CET

(2) Textile Memories – The World of BORO
opening: 02.03.2018 18:00-

Organization: ATSUKO BAROUH arts drinks talk
2018.03.03 Sat - 04.01 Sun 
Sun&Mon 11:00~18:00  
Wed-Sat 14:00~20:00 
closed on Tue 

There was a time when textiles were precious goods. Actually, a time not so long ago. Yarns were spun and woven together by hand. And yet not everyone could get his hands on bigger pieces of fabric. So one had to make due with what one got and sew together fabric scraps to make clothes to wear or futons to sleep on. That's what you find in the BORO collection: textiles that were handed from one generation to the next, with seams having been mended here and holes having been patched with fabric scraps there. You will be surprised by how vibrant, how full of life these textiles are. As were designers at Louis Vuitton, COMME des GARÇONS and KAPTIAL, who all were inspired by BORO. 
Not art works but not fashion either, these textiles, as they now exist in front of us, were born out of necessity. As was their design. That is what makes them so convincing, so real. They give us access to an idea of beauty and aesthetic pleasures different from textiles produced for the aristocracy or the wealthy. 
In times such as ours, were money is spent on the redevelopment of Tokyo before pompous Olympic Games instead of earthquake victims, where the country's leaders cheerfully buy weapons of mass destruction, we might take a look back at our roots. Wasn't it textiles like these, that our grandmothers and great-grandmothers, 50, 60 years ago, there in the dark, silently sewed, mended, patched after we went to bed? Where is Japan heading? Is our way of life right the way it is? That's what we should ask these textiles. 
Atsuko Barouh, December 2017

This exhibition will feature parts of Gallery Kojima's collection of indigo dye BORO as well as works by cardboard sculptor Honno Genta and MAKI UEDA, who experiments with fusing scents and visual art. Come and take home with you some new stimuli for your eyes, nose and hands!
entrance fee:¥500



olfactory performance
premier on the 17th of Nov, 2017 at WOMB Tokyo


Soap bubbles are impregnated with different smell components of the smell "X".  (2 components are being used)  When they burst, they release the smell, and they form the smell "X" in the space together.

What's the smell "X" ? To know the answer scroll down ↓↓↓↓↓







More photos:


Produced by: Ranagram.

The smell "X" is: rose (damascena rose)