Odorama is a collaboration between Mediamatic and Caro Verbeek.
At the University of Amsterdam, Astrid Groot researches how sexual attraction is involved in the initial divergence of populations. In this sense, sexual attraction is approached as the first step in speciation. Since sexual attraction can directly lead to assortative mating, we aim to understand which genes are involved in within-species variation and which factors may cause variation in sexual attraction.
Artist Lauryn Mannigel co-founded the Smell Lab (2015) and runs the Sensory Culture Club reading group (2016-) in Berlin. Currently, she is investigating how we affectively perceive human body scents. For Museumnacht Amsterdam 2016, Mediamatic invited her to develop the olfactory dating performance, Love Sweat Love. The public — playing a crucial role — activated the performance by collecting their body scents, as well as smelling and selecting their favourites from a large collection of body scents. They were guided through the smelling process by a short survey. For Odorama, Lauryn will unveil the insights into the affective perception of body scent that result from this performance.
Klara Ravat is the co-founder of the Smell Lab, a community project that focuses on the investigation and practice of the art and science of the sense of smell. By opposing the division between the realm of memory and the realm of experience, she absorbs the tradition of remembrance art into daily practice.
Roald de Boer
Roald de Boer wanted to become a firefighter, a doctor, a writer, an alcoholic, a quizmaster, and a film director but became an editorial assistant. He got fired after 25 years, graduated from Rietveld Academy, made a couple of short films with a voyeuristic touch and has been a zine-maker since 1996. In his zines, he often explores deviant fascinations and sexual preferences. During this Odorama he will present the process of acquiring used panties online - a fetish for many men allegedly because of the intimate scent - of which he documented each step in 2008 in one of his zines. Until now he never dared to open the package.
Ibo Bakker sings, writes and performs. In the tradition of the old folk singers and storytellers, he brings old stories back to life. He finds inspiration in old hypnotic hymns from Asia and Persia. During this scentual Odorama, Ibo performs his edit of the famous Screamin' Jay Hawkins song: I put a smell on you.
Odorama: Scent and Scentsuality
Wednesday 29 November
Program starts at 20:00
Mediamatic Biotoop, Dijksgracht 6, Amsterdam
Tickets: €7,50 pre-sale | €10 door | Students €5 (excl. Administration fee)