How are smell, associations and memory connected? Tanja Deurloo is an scent expert and perfume designer with a background in chemistry and has an impressive list of clients and projects. For Odorama she gave us an introduction on the interconectedness of smell, associations and memory, and made a selection of her projects highlighting those that incorporate scented storytelling the most. Such as Perfume Profilings, Good Luck (book+perfume, 2011), Ruik de Tijd (Zuiderzeemuseum 2014), Narcissus (2014-2017) and Het Kabinet van de Dames van de Beethovenstraat (2014) together with Martina Florians.
Artist Martina Florians uses the interconnectivity of smell and memory in her work. In 'Kabinet van de Dames' she provides a situation where storytellers can meet and exchange. Using the sense of smell next to sound and visuals, the installation leaves an emotional impact on its visitors. We also experienced some of her work; Martina brought some of the perfumes used in this installation.
Narcissus is a melodrama by Greek-Dutch composer Calliope Tsoupaki for scent and 6 musicians (piano, violin, cello, bass clarinet, horn and harp) which she developed together with Tanja Deurloo. A true gesamtkunstwerk involving both music composition, set design and a scent composition. Music an scent are known to deepen the total sensorial experience, which is enhanced by performing narcissus in its purest form; without text, libretto or song. It is the first time ever that scent en sound have been composed to interact with each other in one piece, influencing each other during the creative process and the concert.
The evening was introduced by Odorama Curator and Olfactory Expert Caro Verbeek.
Odorama: Emotions and Smell
Thursday 2 February
Program start at 20:00
Mediamatic Biotoop, Dijksgracht 6, Amsterdam
Pre-sale ticket: €7,50 / Door ticket €10,00
Students pay only €5,00
We Are Public: Free **
** This event was part of the We Are Public. You reserve your We Are Public Ticket via their website.