Smelling Blue

with Caro Verbeek

The sense of smell; a sense that is rarely discussed by scientists and scholars in relation to synaesthesia, but that is often explored by artists, as early as 150 years ago.

The extraordinary phenomenon synaesthesia – from ‘syn’ meaning together and ‘aesthesis’ meaning perception - is considered a neurological and innate condition in which the senses are closely connected. Most people can understand dark sounds, like cello, or fresh smells, like eucalyptus, even though we can’t see music or smell temperatures. A synaesthete can typically perceive letters in colours (known as ‘grapheme’), see music or hear colours.

But, for this workshop you don’t need to be a synaesthete. Join us for a sniffing meditation, sense relations and an interactive lecture on synaesthesia.

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What will you do

We will start this 3-hour workshop with a cup of herbal tea and a deep and slow sniffing meditation session. Then you will learn all about the relation between the senses through an interactive lecture on the history of (smell) synaesthesia, followed by experiments. At the end of the workshop, you will go home with your own synaesthetic artwork consisting of smell, colour, and texture.

Caro Verbeek

Caro Verbeek is a scent and art historian who founded Odorama at Mediamatic in 2015. She did a PhD on scent as (art) historical heritage and teaches several courses on the history of the senses and how to perceive more analytically. She is considered an expert in the history of scent synaesthesia.


Full price €30,- | Discount price €21,-
We give a discount to students, Stadspas holders and artists. If this applies to you we might ask to see your kvk nr/portfolio or student card for this option.


Attendance limited to 12 people. We maintain a minimum of 6 participants.
Please note that (unless everyone speaks Dutch) this workshop will be in English.
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