Join the Celebration
Experience the scents, listen to the fascinating stories from six speakers, and celebrate the launch of NeusWijzer - Geuratlas van de Lage Landen. This is a new atlas of scents of the Netherlands by Caro Verbeek and Inger Leemans. Learn more about the book here.
Frank Bloem (Moderator)
Frank Bloem moderates this evening and kicks off with 'Hollandse Luchten': a short introduction about scent artists, such as Wim T. Schippers with his famous peanut butter floor and Job Koelewijn with his eucalyptus-scented installations.
Why was shit once associated with cologne? Frank Bloem will speak on the stinky history of Boldootkar and other things that smell, such as excretions of the civet cat and the Haarlemmer oil (Haarlemmerolie).
Inger Leemans is a professor of cultural history at the VU. She will bring us an ode to the Dutch sent-palette. The climate of our cold and damp "kikkerlandje" has pushed the Dutch to create a broad vocabulary to describe dampness and humidity. More specifically the smells they introduce.
What scents do the Dutch find important in everyday life? And how do we preserve something so fragile as the scent of heritage? Sophie Elpers is an expert in Intangible Cultural Heritage and will introduce typical Dutch scent practices, such as flower parades, and rituals such as drinking coffee.
Astrid Groot is a professor of Population and Evolutionary biology at the University of Amsterdam. She poses the question; can we smell love? Astrid will take us on a journey through the world of pheromones and biodiversity. How do fermions affect the behavior of moths and other insects? Do people also have fermions? What do they have to do with sex?
‘Geuren bewaken onze levens, veelal zonder dat we het in de gaten hebben’ is as well known saying from Ep Köster (1931-1922) a professor of experimental psychology who specializes in the sense of smell and odor memory. It can roughly be translated to ‘smell punctuates our lives, often without us knowing’. Köster has presented at Odorama, and is whom ‘NeusWijzer’ is dedicated to, as both artists and scientists in their field owe a lot to his work. His former student, Garmt Dijksterhuis, researches the perception of eating. He will take us into the history of Dutch philosophers, including Hendrik Zwaardemaker.
*We give a discount to students, artists and Stadspas holders. If this applies to you we might ask to see your kvk nr/portfolio or student card for this option.
12 of October, 20:00-22:00
This event will be held in Dutch.