The Scent of Amsterdam - Klara Ravat

Workshop: Distilling Odors of an Urban Landscape.

3 Sep 2016

Olfactory artist and performer Klara Ravat will finish her Amsterdam artist in residency with the workshop: The Scent of Amsterdam: Distilling Odors of an Urban Landscape. Over the course of 6 hours you will collectively explore the neighbourhood of Mediamatic Biotoop, visit aromatic urban spaces and learn how to distill a scented memory of Amsterdam.


This workshop is sold out but you can come to Klara’s talk and performance at Odorama: Art + Distilling.


Distilling Found objects - Olfactory artist and performer Klara Ravat will join Mediamatic for an Artist in Residency program where she will try to capture the smell of Amsterdam. Klara Ravat

With: Klara Ravat

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.


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


Smell Walking - Olfactory artist Klara Ravat creates smellScapes from urban environments. Klara Ravat

With: Klara Ravat

What will you do

After meeting in Mediamatic and Klara will start with a theoretical introduction on how smell works and introduce you to the different types of distillation processes. We will than walk 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 Bio Clean Lab. Together we will distill a scented memory of Amsterdam which you will take home in the end.


The essence of plants - Distilling the essence of the city with olfactory artist Klara Ravat. Klara Ravat

About Klara

Klara Ravat creates media and odour artworks, installations and experimental films. By opposing the division between the realm of memory and the realm of experience, Ravat absorbs the tradition of remembrance art into daily practice. Klara will be part of an Artist in Residency program at Mediamatic, where she will work on the creation of a new performance, which be performed at Odorama: Art + Distillation. She will also speak about her work, together with Dutch installation artist Zeger Reyers.

The Scent of Amsterdam
Distilling Odors of an Urban Landschap with Klara Ravat
Saturday 3 Sept., 10:30 - 16:30
Ticket: €38,50,- Students + Artists** / €55 Regular
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** Your ticket will also grant acces to Klara's talk and performance during Odorama: Art + Distillation on Sept 8th.
Please bring proof of your VAT or a student card.

Mediamatic Biotoop, Dijkpark 6, Amsterdam