Workshop: The Scent of Amsterdam

Distilling Odors of an Urban Landscape


Mediamatic Biotoop Dijkspark
Dijkspark 6, 1019BS Amsterdam

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Olfactory artist and experimental filmmaker Klara Ravat presents the workshop The Scent of Amsterdam: Distilling Odors of an Urban Landscape. Over the course of 4 hours you will collectively explore the neighbourhood of Mediamatic Biotoop, visit aromatic urban spaces and learn how to distill a scented memory of Amsterdam. Tickets | Facebook


10:30 - 12:00 Introduction - What is smell and how to distill scent
12:00 - 12:45 Smell Walk
12:45 - 13:30 Lunch Break (lunch not included)
13:30 - 14:30 Discussion of findings - What did we pick, why and what to distill?
14:30 - 16:30 Distillation

What will you do

After meeting at Mediamatic, Klara will start with a theoretical introduction on how smell works and introduce you to the different types of distillation processes. We will then take a short walk around Mediamatic’s neighbourghood, where Klara will guide us through specific urban aroma locations. In the meantime there is room to discuss and comment on our findings. The idea is to collect scented object that will later be distilled in Mediamatic’s Aroma Lab. Together we will distill a scented memory of Amsterdam which you will take home in the end.

For whom

This workshop is suitable for anyone interested in exploring Amsterdam in a different way. No prior knowledge required, however, participants are asked to bring a smelly object or substance that reminds them of Amsterdam.

Participants of the Scent of Amsterdam Workshop smelling flowers

By: Anisa Xhomaqi

With: Klara Ravat

About Klara

Klara Ravat (Berlin, Germany) is an olfactory artist and an experimental filmmaker. After studying qualitative trend research in Barcelona, Klara moved to The Netherlands where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (ArtScience at The Royal Academy of Arts). At the same time she studied Psychology at the Open University of Catalonia. Klara is the co-founder of the Smell Lab, a community project that focuses on the investigation and practice of the art and science of the sense of smell. During 2016-2017 she is an artist in residency at Mediamatic and in 2017 she teamed up with the Institution for Art and Olfaction to co-produce the first Experimental Scent Summit, hosted in Berlin. By opposing the division between the realm of memory and the realm of experience, she absorbs the tradition of remembrance art into daily practice


The Scent of Amsterdam
Distilling Odors of an Urban Landscape with Klara Ravat
Sunday 22 October, 10:30-16:30
Ticket: €38,50,- Students* / €55 Regular
*Please bring proof of your VAT or a student card.

Mediamatic Biotoop, Dijksgracht 6, Amsterdam