The Smell of Rain

Odorama 37 with Saša Spačal, Frank Bloem, Rosalie Bak, Henk Jonkers and Leanne Wijnsma

20 Feb 2020
Most of us remember how the streets smell after a summer rain. This smell is called petrichor and is partly caused by the organic compound geosmine and bacteria that help organic matter decay. Over time these build up under stone and earth, the rain releases their perfume. The Smell of Rain is an homage to this natural phenomenon. We will look into the microbes that cause the pleasant smell after rain, humans' sensitivity to geosmine and the art installation by Saša Spačal that has captured this distinct scent.

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Spacal's installation emits a petrichor smell - Saša Spačal

Henk Jonkers

Jonkers is a microbiologist. He has done research into the restorative power of microbes. 

Rosalie Bak

Bak is an artist experimenting with humusation. Together with Susanne Duijvestein she started De Humusator, a website dedicated to the research of humusation as a green alternative to burial or cremation. 

Leanne Wijnsma

Wijnsma is an Amsterdam based designer building experiences for the senses using soil and microbes. She also organises workshops and gives lectures on prototyping future senses. She will present her project Soilbread: a research into the practice of eating earth. 

Saša Spačal

Spačal is an artist working at the intersection of living systems research, contemporary and sound art. Her work focuses primarily on the posthuman condition, where human beings exist and act as one of many elements in the ecosystem and not as sovereigns. At Odorama, she will introduce her installation Meta_Bolus. 


Odorama 37: The Smell of Rain
Thursday, the 20th of January
Start 20:00
Mediamatic Biotoop, Dijksgracht 6, Amsterdam

Tickets: Full price €7,50 | Artist / Student / Stadspas €5,25 | +€2,50 at the door | (including €1 administration fee)

*We give a discount to students and artists. If this applies to you we will ask to see your kvk nr/portfolio or student card for this option. For questions please send an email to