What you will do?
In this workshop, you will be introduced to the history of distillation and some methods that we use here. With the plants that grow on the Mediamatic grounds and the materials the participants bring to the table, we will form scent bouquets that will be distilled to an artistic essential oil.
Feel free to get creative with the materials you bring. The Aroma Lab team would love to help you experiment with the process, and you might even be surprised with the result! However, if you don’t have a project in mind, don’t worry - there is plenty of material here that you can draw inspiration from. You can expect a fresh, zesty oil using the materials that we already have here. Throughout this process, expert perfumer and olfactory artist Frank Bloem will help you to understand the right plants to use, and a good way to balance your scent. At the end of this workshop, you will take home a tiny bottle of a 10% solution of your own created blend.
Note: We also offer other workshops on smell. If aside from distilling, you would like to learn more about scent composition and perfuming, check out our Composing Fragrance workshop the same day.
Frank Bloem is an artist who uses scent as his primary medium. He studied Fine Arts at the Rietveld Academy. In the summer of 2016, Frank changed his focus from visual art to olfactory-based works and started The Snifferoo. This perfume laboratory is a place for education and experiments around scent. He made several personalised perfumes, hosts regular workshops, and has recreated the elephant smell of Artis, the Amsterdam Zoo.
Mediamatic Aroma Lab
Our team at the Aroma Lab works with various materials and several distillation techniques. We use the `oil ex-tech` method to quickly and efficiently distill essential oils from fruits and spices. We also work with a rotovap and a soxhlet extractor. The lab can be explored as part of the open tour - we love to talk about the projects we’re working on!
Workshop: Composing Fragrance in the Distillation process
Sunday 10th of November, 11:00 - 14:00
Tickets: Regular: €70,- | Students/Artists/ Stadspas : €49,- | (including €1,- administration fee)
*We give a discount to students, artists and Stadspas holders. If this applies to you, we will ask to see proof. For questions, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We maintain a minimum of 6 participants.
Mediamatic Biotoop, Dijksgracht 6, Amsterdam