Olfactory art, Research and Design
Whether derived from nature or chemically constructed, odourant molecules have the ability to profoundly affect our behavior, emotions, and associations. At Odorama we will actively engage with our senses and explore everything that reaches and affects the nose. We will consider olfactory history and design that are experimental and challenging. And introduce you to the fragrance as a work of art in itself.
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Odorama 43 with Frank Bloem, Pavel van Houten, Niels van Poecke and Mathilde van Otterloo
We are already planning an Odorama for after the Lockdown. Hopefully we can open our doors on the evening of the 25th of February to talk about the smell of happiness! Happiness and sadness: two emotions that can't exist without each other. A ccording to psychologist Cliff Arnall, the third Monday…
Can you smell blue?
Odorama 42 with Caro Verbeek, Amy Toner, Ibo Bakker, Han van der Vegt, Anton Dorso, Tessa van Leeuwen and Francesca Strik Lievers
Can you imagine that you could hear the colour blue, or taste a music piece? F or some people this sensorial experience, called synesthesia, is part of their everyday life. Wassily Kandinsky, who painted Schoenberg music, is probably the most famous example, but there are also people that can…
Exploring the fragrance of toys. Odorama 40 with Frank Bloem, Alissa Rees, Caro Verbeek, Thijs de Zeeuw, and Jonathan Kok Wai Ho
In Odor Ludens we explore the fragrance of toys through the perspectives of various artists: Curator Frank Bloem , healthcare designer Alissa Rees , scent historian Caro Verbeek , landscape architect Thijs de Zeeuw , and fetish artist Jonathan Ho We will dive into the smelly world of nostalgic…
The Temporary Museum of Smelly Toys
Many of us grew up with smelly toys. Who doesn’t remember play-doh, inflatable pools, and the chipped paint on tiny wooden cars? And a whiff of plastic can take us back to our childhood. “The smell of plastic is a portal to happiness', Irene de Craen (art historian).
Odorama 38: Olfactory Rituals of Death with Frank Bloem, Susanne Duijvestein, Steffie Baaijens, Caro Verbeek and Josely Carvalho
Death smells, and fragrances have always played an essential role in rituals surrounding the death. By means of historical, contemporary, and religious examples, we want to explore the relation between smell and death. In ancient times, people communicated with the dead by means of fragrant oils
The Bitter Essence
Odorama 39 with Caro Verbeek, Kees Wabeke, Bas Visser, Sarojini Lewis and Sabien Poutsma
Remember your first cup of coffee? All those times you had to finish a plate of Brussel sprouts? Although gruesome to most kids and allegedly an indication of poison in plants, grown-ups have learned to love this taste more than any other: bitterness. It characterizes our favorite products like…