Odorama: Animal Smell

With: Saskia Wilson-Brown, Peter Roessingh, Wouter Halfwerk and Ludmila Rodrigues

21 Sep 2017

Smell is an important sense for every animal, but the intensity and the way they smell can differ. Did you know for example that flies can smell through their feet? Whether derived from feet (call it nature) or chemically constructed, odourant molecules have the ability to profoundly affect our behaviour, emotions and associations. At Odorama we’ll actively engage with our senses and explore everything that reaches the nose. During this edition, we explore the relation between animal and human smell.

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Aroma Jockey spreading scents through a fan during Odorama. -

Odorama is a collaboration between Mediamatic and Caro Verbeek.

Saskia Wilson-Brown

Saskia Wilson-Brown is the director of the Institute of Arts and Olfaction, based in Los Angeles. This nonprofit organisation is dedicated to exploring scent as an artistic medium. During this edition of Odorama, Saskia Wilson-Brown will give a short introduction on the experiments of the Institute and the rich world of scent.

Ludmila Rodrigues

What if we would use our scent like an insect? At Odorama, artist Ludmila Rodrigues presents a scenario inspired by insect behaviour. She invites the audience to engage with their lower senses, and to navigate the space through means of a chemical language. This experiment is especially created for this animal edition by Ludmila Rodrigues, whose work focuses on physical perceptions of time and space. Working at the intersection of sensory and social experience, Rodrigues looks for strategies to provoke playful situations in collaboration with the audience.

Wouter Halfwerk

Biologist Wouter Halfwerk is Assistant Professor at the Vrije Universiteit in the department of Animal Ecology. In 2016 he won the Heineken Young Scientists Award for his research on human disruptions in animal communication. Tonight, Wouter Halfwerk will enrich our senses towards mammal smell.

Peter Roessingh  

Not only big mammals, but tiny buzzing insects also produce scent. Biologist Peter Roessingh, from the University of Amsterdam, uses gas chromatography, mass spectrometry and sensory physiology. These analytical chemical methods enable us to separate chemical substances. During Odorama, Dr. Peter Roessingh will explain how to determine odour composition. Eventually, his chemical analysis will enable us to understand the molecular smell of insects.



Odorama: Animal Smell
Thursday 21 September
Program starts at 20:30
Mediamatic Biotoop, Dijksgracht 6, Amsterdam

Tickets: Students €5,- / Pre-sale €7,50 / Door €10,-