Odorama is a collaboration between Mediamatic and Caro Verbeek.
Caro Verbeek (1980) is an art historian, author, and researcher with a focus on the lower senses (smell, taste, touch). As curator of this event, Caro Verbeek will introduce us to the topic by discussing the "perfume concert"; a popular theme in literature and poetry around the fin-de-siecle.
Bas Belleman is a poet, translator, and storyteller. He studied Culture and Science studies at Maastricht University. His debut was Nu nog volop ventilatoren (2003). Besides his career as a poet, he also takes care of the programming of the Maastricht International Poetry Nights. This Odorama-edition, he will tell how Shakespeare used scents and perfume in his poems and plays.
Sander Bink is an expert in the art and literature of the fin de siècle and one of the permanent writers for rond1900.nl. This evening he will discuss scent in the classic women's novel of Couperus, Tolstoj, and Flaubert. During his presentation, video artist May-Britt Boekel show a video questioning how it looks like to smell, based on different novels from the end of the 19th century.
Han van der Vegt
Han van der Vegt is a poet and author of children's books. Van der Vegt writes long narrative poems. His most known poem is 'Exorbitans', a science fiction poem. A unique interdisciplinary collaboration will take place: Olfactory artist Klara Ravat composed a scent especially for the event, which Han van der Vegt translated into a poem. Klara will aromatize an existing poem by Han by creating an olfactory narrative.
Anna de Waard
Anna de Waard is a spoken word Artist. For this Odorama-edition, Anna translated an existing perfume into a poem without knowing the name or brand, in order to change the perception of something we might already know. The familiar can turn into something extraordinary when seen and smelled from a different angle. The audience (and Anna) will find out the name of the scent composition only after her performance.
Sociologist Marcello Aspria researched the relation of perfume and gender in his article: “Perfume and Gender Identity: Shifting Olfactory Definitions of Masculinity and Femininity in the Twentieth Century”. His main objective is to contribute to the development of a sociology of smell. Tonight he will talk about the poetics of perfume and absence using Italo Calvino's short story The Name, The Nose.
Odorama: Perfumed Words
Thursday 19 October
Program starts at 20:00
Mediamatic Biotoop, Dijksgracht 6, Amsterdam
Tickets: €7,50 pre-sale | €10 door | Students €5