Presentation:

Art + Distillation

Odorama: Klara Ravat, Zeger Reyers, Lieuwe Martijn Wijnands & Saskia Hoogendoorn

8 Sep 2016

Smell connects us to our surroundings. Every country, every city, every street, every home has its own scent, but how to catch it? An image is captured by taking a photograph but it is very difficult to isolate scent from its original context. For this edition of Odorama we invited artists Klara Ravat (ES), Zeger Reyers (NL) and Lieuwe Martijn Wijnands & Saskia Hoogendoorn from Eau d’Amsterdam to introduce us to the art of distillation and how to capture your scented surroundings.

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Odorama is a collaboration between Mediamatic and Caro Verbeek.

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Klara Ravat - Untitled by Klara Ravat, date unknown

Klara Ravat -

SmellSCAPES performance + presentation

Klara Ravat creates media and odour artworks, installations and experimental films. For the past years she has been developing works that relate to the sense of smell as a research on how we perceive through this sense. Ravat joined Mediamatic for a 10- day artist in recidency in which she investigated the olfactory characteristics of our city. The resulting performance: SmellSCAPES will be an interactive and intimate trip through the scent of Amsterdam, where the audience will be guided to experiment and sense the scented landscape. After the performance there will be time for reflection and discussion with the artist. Klara will also share the results of her workshop The Scent of Amsterdam, and present her latest project: the Smell Lab in Berlin. A meetup and artist collective which experiments and works collectively on the art and science of scent.

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Distilling Found objects - Olfactory artist and performer Klara Ravat will join Mediamatic for an Artist in Residency program where she will try to capture the smell of Amsterdam. Klara Ravat

With: Klara Ravat

Zeger Reyers

Decomposing smell via (live) distillation + Q&A

The works of Dutch installation artist Zeger Reyers confronts the artificial, man-made world with nature. In determining both synthetic and natural materials, Zeger uses his sense of smell as guidance. Ten years ago this let him to create a scent cabinet of all the smells he found in nature. For him mundane tasks like mowing the lawn can easily turn into an exploration of the symphony of olfactory experiences; every cut stem of every different plant and flower transforms the air into a local perfume. This decomposition of smells is central to the art of distillation. While distilling an aromatic substance the used matter disintegrates into different odourant components. Zeger is well experienced in this technique and will demonstrate the process of distillation with a site specific scented substance.

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Distilling equipment - Old printing of a distilling equipment


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Lux Flex - Zeger Reyers

Lieuwe Martijn Wijnands & Saskia Hoogendoorn

Presenting Eau d' Amsterdam

A good perfume takes you to another time and place. With Eau d’Amsterdam Lieuwe Martijn Wijnands and Saskia Hoogendoorn, from creative studio Tijdmakers, bring you to the canals of Amsterdam. Where the elm trees blossom in springtime, spreading their seeds as natural confetti. The duo was amazed with this reoccurring natural phenomenon and decided to create the first ever green perfume from the historical centre of Amsterdam: World Heritage in a Bottle.

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Ingredients of Amsterdam - Photo by Frieda Mellema for Meesterlijk 2014. To be used in the perfume: Eau d'Amsterdam. Which is inspired by Amsterdam’s signature tree: the elm. To be used in the perfume: Eau d' Amsterdam. Which is inspired by the scent of Amsterdam. To be used in the perfume: Eau d' Amsterdam. Which is inspired by the scent of Amsterdam.

Information
Odorama: Art + Distillation
Thursday Sept. 8, 20:30
Tickets: Student €5,-** / Pre-sale €7,50 / Door €10,-
This program is selected by We Are Public.
Please bring your Public Pass and student card to the ticketservice.
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Mediamatic Biotoop, Dijkspark 6, Amsterdam
Preceding the event you can grab some food and drinks at Mediamatic ETEN.

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Caro Verbeek at Odorama - Caro Verbeek at Odorama, explaining the smell diffusing system of the Coloseum. Anisa Xhomaqi

With: Caro Verbeek
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Odor diffuser - During Caro's talk, we were spraying smells that she was describing. Anisa Xhomaqi

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Public smelling odors - During Caro's talk, the audience was given samples to smell. Anisa Xhomaqi

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Zeger Reyers - Zeger Ryers explains the process of distilling. He was actually distilling live. Anisa Xhomaqi

With: Zeger Reyers
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Zeger Reyers giving leaves to the public - Zeger giving to the public to smell the leaves he uses for the live distillation. Anisa Xhomaqi

With: Zeger Reyers
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Smelling dry lemon skin - Anisa Xhomaqi

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Live Distillation - During Zeger's spreak there was a distilling taking place. Samples were given to the audience to smell. Anisa Xhomaqi

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Saskia Hoogendoorn - Second Speaker of the evening: Lieuwe Martijn Wijnands + Saskia Hoogendoorn Presenting Eau d'Amsterdam Anisa Xhomaqi

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Lieuwe Martijn Wijnands & Saskia Hoogendoorn - Lieuwe Martijn Wijnands + Saskia Hoogendoorn preparing Eau d'Amsterdam for the audience to smell. Anisa Xhomaqi

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Audience trying on and smelling Eau d'Amsterdam. - Anisa Xhomaqi

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Klara Ravat - Klara Ravat making a presentation of what she did as an artist in residence at Mediamatic. Anisa Xhomaqi

With: Klara Ravat
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SmellSCAPES performance by Klara Ravat - SmellSCAPES performance by Klara Ravat. After the audience sprayed and smelled a part of Klara's and Yudith's body, they change positions. Then they smell again. Anisa Xhomaqi

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Audience smelling - Audience smelling Klara Ravat's samples of the scent of Amsterdam. Anisa Xhomaqi