- olfactory representation of the city -
workshop & installation (2011)
Aromascape of Singapore consists of two parts: a workshop and an exhibition.
In May 2009 and March 2010, Ueda conducted a 3-day workshop for Aromascape of Rotterdam at Willem de Kooning Art Academy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The workshop format will be adopted for the Singapore version of the project.
What do you smell if you walk around the city of Singapore? Savoury fragrance from food stands and restaurants, green and fresh scent in a market, salty sea bleezes, or stinking garbage? Singapore has an international reputation to be the clearnest city in the world. In this project, participants are going to explore Singapore on the level of smell.
What is it that we are smelling, what does it make you imagine, what does it make you feel? This workshop will deal with these questions through a combination of lectures, hands-on workshops with fieldwork. The result of the workshop will be used for the exhibition.
Some of the smells are extracted and exhibited. Just like a perfume shop, the visitors are free to touch them, open the bottles and smell them. They are not perfumes for wearing, but for evoking your emotion and imagination.
[Relationship to Art and Education]
For Aromascape of Singapore, the relationship of the work to the theme can be seen as follows: the purpose of working with art academy sudents is to raise the awareness for their sense of smell. As these students will be in their late teens or early 20s, they have the maximum physical capability of smelling, because as you get old you can smell less. They still have the clear memories from their youth that are attached very much to smell. It's the perfect mement for them to learn about smell and totally different dimensions will open up in front of them.
More documentations regarding the workshop
NO. 1: IXORA FLOWERS (AMARYLLIS SEAH HSUEH TING)
NO. 2: SUGARCANE (BRENDAN POH KAI JIE)
NO. 3: CHEESEBURGER (NG YI HUI MARY ANN)
NO. 4: NEWSPAPER (KANAKO FURUKAWA)
NO. 5: CEMENT (ORANJE)
NO. 6: RICE (AMARYLLIS SEAH HSUEH TING)
NO. 7: INDIAN INCENSE (SHERYL LAW)
NO. 8: BAK KUT TEH (HO BAOXIN)
NO. 9: BARBECUE (MACK ZHI FANG WENDY)
NO.10: CHAR KWAY TEOW (DEVA RAJ)
NO.11: COFFEE (YU DANYA)
NO.12: TAIWAN SAUSAGE (CHUA TIAN LI)
NO.13: GARAM CIGARETTES (HEMA LATA D/O VEERAMOHAN)
5- 16 January 2011 (Mon-Sun 10am - 7pm Fri 10am - 9pm)
Glass Porch, Level 2, Singapore Art Museum
World Premie (Supported by Singapore Art Museum)
as a part of: Fringe Festival @ Singapore
relating workshop: 29 - 30 Dec 2010, 11am - 2pm at Singapore Art Museum