Open Session

Scent-Making for all levels and interests

18 Jul 2018

This summer, Mediamatic and The Institute for Art and Olfaction team up for a series of smell related adventures and experiments. Step by every Wednesday and Thursday between 4 and 8 pm for a blending session. You’ll be guided in the making of your own scent and will leave the session with a basic idea of scent composition and of course a bottle of your creation!

The session is on drop-in basis between 16.00 and 20.00 o clock. We advise to not come later than 18.30 and to take at least 2 hours to run through all the blending steps.



Deelnemers ruiken het geur-orgel tijdens een Open Sessie - Bij het blenden van een geur komt heel wat kijken. Na een aantal test versies selecteren deelnemers hun materialen voor hun uiteindelijke parfum. Saskia Wilson-Brown

Blending step by step
We provide a robust selection of natural and synthetic aromatic molecules, perfumer’s alcohol, beakers and droppers, scent strips and bottles, and some light and friendly guidance. First, and with guidance, choose your favourite ones from our perfume organ. After which you will fill your vials with your materials and your scent will take the first shape. Following, you create and edit your first perfumery formula. You will have up to 10 trials to reach the perfect scent.

With a ticket, you are welcome between 16.00 and 20.00 in our Aroma Lab. To run through all the blending steps we advise to take 2 to 2,5 hours. 


Open Session Scent-Making for all levels and interests - Saskia Wilson-Brown

Open access perfume blending: Open sessions
Started in 2013, Open Sessions are a crucial part of the Institute for Art and Olfaction's mission to provide access to the tools and materials of scent. With this, the IAO provides a space for first timers and professional perfumers alike to learn and to expand their craft through direct action. During the four weeks residency of IAO in Amsterdam, the team brings their knowledge to Mediamatic's Aroma Lab.


Open Session Scent-Making for all levels and interests - Saskia Wilson-Brown

Open Session: Scent-Making for all levels and interests
Wed 18 July - Thursday 9 August
Wednesdays and Thursdays between 16:00 - 20:00
Start preferably before 5, blending takes 2 to 2,5 hours
Tickets: €35 per session 
Mediamatic Biotoop, Dijksgracht 6, Amsterdam