Olfactory History of Oosterdok
In 2022, a large exhibition will take place in Amsterdam about the Olfactory History of Oosterdok; the eastern part of the old harbour of the city. This blog is meant as a source of inspiration for anyone who's interested and shows the research for the project as well as events leading up to the final exhibition.
Smell of the Exotic
Rare Animals in Amsterdam
The exotic animal trade: one might not think too much of its significance to our ecosystem. Yet, it is very much “alive and kicking” and becoming a real threat in the global world. Recently, the Animal Advocacy and Protection foundation (AAP) released results of their 2019 survey ( Pieters, 2019 ).
A cesspit is a deep waste pit that used to serve as a toilet and for the disposal of garbage. They are important sources of information for archaeologists. The finds that are found herein give a tangible picture of the daily life of the former residents of a building. On www.maps.amsterdam.nl…
Considered the first comprehensive exploration of the history of scent, the book Aroma. The cultural history of smell opens with the sentence: ‘Smell is a social phenomenon, invested with particular meanings and values by different cultures. Odours form the building blocks of cosmologies, class…
An era of colonial agriculture
One of the main culprits of contemporary scent is the local ecosystem. But with a globalized approach to importation and exportation, our locality not only sports indigenous flora but foreign ones too. Imagine markets without the fragrant aromas or tropical fruits. Likewise, imagine the city…