MAKI UEDA

Maki Ueda (JP/NL)

Olfactory Artist

JAPAN HOUSE Sao Paulo - fotos  de Rogério Cassimiro (5)

 

Born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1974. Currently based in Okinawa, Japan and leads Atelier MAKI UEDA http://www.pepe.okinawa

Maki Ueda is an artist who incorporates the olfactory sense in art. She considers smell to be “new media". Believing that "fewer visuals = stronger olfactory experiences", she puts the emphasis on olfaction over the visual aspect in her work. She often uses scents to spark the imagination or to create perceptual confusion.

She has developed a unique combination of chemical and kitchen skills in order to extract the scents of daily life, including foods, ambient aromas, and bodily scents. She creates scents that capture childhood, identity, a mood, or a historical event. The results of her experiments take the form of olfactory installations and workshops.  She has inspired and influenced many olfactory artists for making her process and recipes "open source" on her blog, and became one of the most famous olfactory artists (listed on the wikipedia page "olfactory art")

She currently researches where issues as space, movement, and olfaction cross over. The works include “Olfactory Labyrinth” , “Deconstructing Chanel No. 5”, and “Invisible White”.  

Maki Ueda studied media art under Masaki Fujihata at The Environmental Information Department (B.A. 1997, M.A. 1999), Keio University, Japan. She received a grant from the Japanese government in 2000 and from the POLA Art Foundation in 2007. She has been based in The Netherlands from 2000 till 2011. She teaches and gives workshops on olfactory art at ArtScience Interfaculty of The Royal Academy of Art and Royal Conservatory The Hague (NL) as a guest teacher since 2009. Her course is one of the first structured olfactory art course in the world.

Online portfolio: http://www.ueda.nl

Awards:

2009 - Nominated for The World Technology Awards Category: Art (NY, USA)

2016 - Sadakichi Award Finalist, for 'The Juice of War', The Art and Olfaction Awards

2018 - Sadakichi Award Finalist, for 'Olfactory Games', The Art and Olfaction Awards

2019 - Sadakichi Award Finalist, for 'Tangible Scents - Composition of Rose in the Air', The Art and Olfaction Awards

 

Disciplines:

• Olfactory installations (as well as site-specific and open-air installations)

• Perfume artworks

• Research on the sense of smell and other senses

• Olfactory performances

• Olfactory workshops (for both adults and children)

• Food art event with the focus on the sense of smell and molecular gastronomy

• Teaching "olfactory art" at art schools and universities

 

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