Do you smell blue?

Odorama 4 - with Dr. Cretien van Campen, Dr. Laura Speed, Amy Toner and the scents of Dana el Masri

11 Feb 2016

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).

Food at 18:oo, talks begin at 20:00
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ARTBOMB @ Mediamatic - Margarita Osipian

Dr. Cretien van Campen

The synesthesia expert of the Netherlands. He is the founder of Synesthetics Netherlands. He is best known for his work on synesthesia in art, including historical reviews of how artists have used synesthetic perceptions to produce art, and studies of perceived quality of life, in particular of how people with health problems perceive their living conditions in the context of health and social care services.




Do you smell blue? - Odorama 4: Dr. Cretien van Campen, synesthesia expert of the Netherlands, starting his lecture Margherita Soldati

Dr. Laura Speed

Is there a linguistic interpretation for synesthesia? Dr. Laura Speed is researcher (psycho-linguistics) at the Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen working on the linguistic explanation of synesthesia opposed to a genetic or cultural component. Is there a link between odour and higher levels of cognition, such as language? For example, how can the perception of odours be influenced by contextual factors, such as verbal labels and descriptions


Do you smell blue? - Odorama 4: Dr. Laura Speed, researcher (psycho-linguistics) at the Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen working on the linguistic explanation of synesthesia opposed to a genetic or cultural component, is showing a slide during her lecture Margherita Soldati

Amy Toner

Amy Toner is a choreographer that teaches children to dance according scents, so to say smell-movement synesthesia. She will tell us about her practice but she will also invite us to try for ourselves. We will get a sneak preview of her upcoming performance. Prepare to learning to dance with your nose.



Do you smell blue? - Odorama 4: Amy Toner's choreography which express the relation between dance and scents Margherita Soldati

With: Amy Toner

Dana El Masri

Can music inspire and connect to certain scents? For Dana it definitely can! Working with her gut instinct (and being a synesthete) Dana creates perfumes based on music. She takes in consideration the transformative quality of ingredients and composes her music-perfume piece. Does it have a rhythm? Is it harmonious? Dana send us 4 samples from her brand Jazmin Saraï that we will smell accompanied by the music that inspired her.


Parfumes by Dana El Masri -


Do you smell blue? - Odorama 4: Spraying smells for the public during the talk Margherita Soldati


Odorama: Do you smell blue?
Thursday 11 February
Food at 18:00, Talks begin at 20:00
Mediamatic Biotoop, Dijksgracht 6, Amsterdam
Pre-sale ticket: €7,50 / Door ticket €10,00
Students pay only €5,00

Free for We Are Public Members. Reserve your ticket via
You can collect your ticket till 18:30 on the day of the event.
(unfortunately the We Are Public tickets are sold-out)

Please note that this talk is in English