All the way from Los Angeles with her Institute for Art Olfaction team, Saskia will lead this Playhouse edition among many other workshops within this summer’s Art Olfaction Amsterdam programme. This is not the first time Mediamatic and Saskia have worked together as Saskia, as IAO helped us explore animal scents in an Odorama edition and the classifying systems for scent in our Communicating Scent workshop.
Thijs Elich and Renske van Vroonhoven of Attic Lab
Having come from different art disciplines of painting, performance, and photography, Thijs and Renske of Attic Lab explores scent culture through different possible forms. To do so, they set to create olfactory projects with actors from different disciplines. They are both perfumers who will help us in this Playhouse edition to explore the methods of perfumery.
What you will do
In the Sex S(m)ells playhouse, we will start by blind smelling molecules associated with the human and animal body. The group will split up to take on one of three exercises attempting to extract aroma from human materials. One of which will be from the material taken from the participants' armpits. In this playhouse you will also learn the traditional extraction method of enfleurage on used underwear. Finally, we will make an attempt to recreate the extraction of aroma described in Patrick Süsskind's 'Perfume: Story of a Murderer,' using a (live) human subject - an experiment that will continue through the course of our time in Amsterdam.