The Magic of Cacao
Of flowers, rituals, and sensations
The origins of chocolate -this sublime natural creation- are traced back to the Ulua river valley in Honduras around 1100 BCE (Norton, 2008). The Olmec community or their descendants provided the...
Gum on the streets
Visions of freedom and utopia
Gum is found on walls and streets all over the world. Most of the time it is normalised, sometimes it's encouraged and occasionally it is completely illegal. Perhaps a society's attitudes towards...
Smelly Cat, Smelly Cat
Amsterdam’s Relationship with Civet Cats
Have you ever wondered what civet pheromones extracted from its anal glands smell like? Actually... don't answer that. Just drop by our AromaLab and catch a whiff yourself. But first, read about the...
Laura Burgers studeerde Rechten en Frans in Amsterdam, Parijs en New York. In 2016 startte ze een promotieonderzoek aan de rechtenfaculteit van de Universiteit van Amsterdam, naar de democratische...
Jan Banning is a Dutch artist/photographer based in the Netherlands. He was born in 1954 from Dutch East Indies parents, and he studied social and economic history at the Radbout University of...
Class & Smell
What the Golden Age of Amsterdam and Parasite have in common
Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite was not only the first South Korean film to be nominated for the Best Picture award, as well as six other Oscar nominations, it has just become the first film not in the...
I am a self-taught visual artist working primarily in hand-embroidery on textiles with a special interest in “memento mori”, a genre that reflects on the impermanence and fragility of life, nations...
Masuma Halai Khwaja
Masuma is a multi-disciplinary artist. Her art practice revolves around weaving cultural political and historical perspectives along with personal experiences and individual stories. Currently for...
The Making(s) of Biryani
by Masuma Halai Khwaja
Masuma Khwaja is a brilliant artist from Karachi, Pakistan, whom we are excited to welcome as our first guest artist of 2020. During her one-week research stay with Mediamatic in mid-January
A Blame, A Barrier
Olfactory Discourse Regarding the Other
R: Dutch children weren’t allowed to be held, [because] later they’d smell of [our] sweat. Holding them wasn’t allowed… [T]hey [The Dutch] were afraid [of their children] being soaked in sweat, sweat...
Eva van Rossum
After finishing a bachelor in Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam and graduating an Art and Research programma at the Rietveld, I am currently doing a research internship here at Mediamatic.
Vinegar Making 2/4
This article is part of the 4 article series "Vinegar Making". A series that aims to bring light into the world of vinegar Missed part one?: settle your FOMO by clicking here
A guide and story around vinegar-making
This article is part of the 4 article series "Vinegar Making". A series that aims to bring light into vinegar, the liquid that spices up salads and unclogs toilets. Dive into an...
Gunpowder: Fireworks and Fatality
The smell of fireworks, of the sulfur within the ignited gunpowder, permeates the streets of Amsterdam as the Central European Time Zone welcomes in the new year. Illegal for the public’s usage at...
Profile of Jonas Klinkenberg, a Germany-based artist and performer. He is involved with Mediamatic's Olfactory History of Oosterdok upcoming exhibition, through the ongoing 'Private Dreams and Public...
Profile of Jan Jedenak, a Germany-based artist and performer. He is involved with Mediamatic's Olfactory History of Oosterdok upcoming exhibition, through the ongoing 'Private Dreams and Public...
From a Botanical Specimen to a Powdered Delight
The arrival of tobacco in Europe has been traced back to the late 15 th century, when the Botanist Francisco Hernández de Toledo brought the first seeds to Spain as part of the colonial mission. The...
Smoke, Snuff, and the Cosmos
Tobacco in Amerindian Rituals
Before tobacco entered the European markets as a luxury good, particularly among the elites of the 16 th century, it already had a thousand-year long history among the Amerindian communities, which...
The Amsterdam Koffiehuis
What does gentrification smell like?
Amsterdam is undergoing a continual process of gentrification. Opinions towards gentrification are far from homogenous and have been extensively reported on, but one question rarely asked of this...
Research Mediamatic Biotoop
Private Dream & Public Nightmares: The Scent of…27Nov 20191Dec 2019
'Private Dreams & Public Nightmares' is an ongoing, immersive research on fear in its different aspects by German artists, Jonas Klinkenberg and Jan Jedenas. From 27th November to 1st December
Presentation: Mediamatic Biotoop
Little Red Riding Hood and the Smell of Fear23Jan 2020
“What great big nose you have, grandma?” “All the better to smell you with, my dear.” This evening we will research the smells in fairytales. Often meant to frighten children, one of the genre's...
Oosterdok Irene de Craen
We Have Never Smelled Modern
‘Smell reveals the artificiality of modernity; it shows following Latour that we have never been really modern (1993). The modern project to create a pure, rational order of things is undermined by...
Of Urine, Pickled Leather, and Tanneries
A Case of Scent Zoning in 17th-century Amsterdam
Once a small port-city, Amsterdam began to resemble the bustling city we know today by the early modern era. In fact, during Amsterdam’s “Golden Age”—between 1585 and 1663—the city population grew...
History and the revival
Ever thought about what you'll wear when you're dead? In the past it was customary in our country to make your own death shroud and keep it in your linen closet because you never know. Although this...