Smell and Art 

2013
teacher: Maki Ueda 

What is it that we are smelling, what does it make you imagine, what does it make you feel? Could we incorporate the olfactory sense in art? Could smell be a medium carrying information? This course will deal with these questions through a combination of lectures, workshops, intermediate presentations and a final presentation. In this course we will start with looking at examples of art and the olfactory sense, then we will discuss the potential of the olfactory sense in art. The workshops will first focus on fieldwork and on observing the environment with the olfactory sense. You will smell a lot and learn how to communicate about smell with others, using a basic vocabulary for analyzing and expressing the character of a smell. Secondly we will extract smells from raw materials like soup, cheese burgers, old books, rubber tyres, flowers, and smelly T-shirts. You will learn how to do this yourself and how to compose new smells (in the most simple way).

You're expected to develop an olfactory game as a final assignment.

Website of the 2010 version:
http://smellart.blogspot.com/

DAY 1: Tue, October 1
morning:
- orientation / introducing each other
- on smelling: walk n' sniff / sniffing spaces like a dog
afternoon:
- on assignment: examples from the past year

DAY 2: Thu, October 3
morning:
- on infusing: extraction workshop
afternoon:
- on diffusing: air, wind, temperature, humidity experiments

DAY 3: Tue, October 8
morning:
- on incense: incense making workshop
afternoon:
- brainstorming on assignment

DAY 4: Thu, October 10
whole day: work on assignment

DAY 5: Tue, October 15
whole day: work on assignment

DAY 6: Thu, October 17
morning:
- final presentation
afternoon:
- for fun: Kohdo, a Japanese olfactory game

2011.03. ARTNEWS March / 2011

2011.03. AROMA RESEARCH NO.45, FRAGRANCE JOURNAL LTD, in the article by: YAMAMOTO PERFUMERY LTD

2011.02.23. Algemeen Dagblad (NL), Edible Perfume Workshop

2011.02.03. CINEMATODAY (JP), Palm Top Theater

2011.01.31. International Film Festival Rotterdam DAILY TIGER (NL), Palm Top Theater

2011.01.27. International Film Festival Rotterdam DAILY TIGER (NL), Palm Top Theater

2011.01.03. The Straits Time (SG), AROMASCAPE of Singapore 

2010.12.07. TODAY - Learning the art way - 2 & 3 (SG), AROMASCAPE of Singapore

2009.09. THE OUTLOOK MAGAZINE  - smell of violence (CN), If there ever was

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2009 New York Times Magazine (US), If ther ever was

2008 EG | PC magazine (NL), 7 smells,  ISBN: 978-90-810813-4-4

2006.01. CBK magazijn Rotterdam (NL), Aangenaam

2005.09.13. Asahi Newspaper, morning edition (JP), Kawabegawa Dam

2004.11.04. Rotterdams Dagblad (NL), Hole in the Earth

2004.07.25. Shopping Weekend (ID), Hole in the Earth

2004 Metro Bandung (ID), Hole in the Earth

2005.01.29. Tosho Shimbun (JP), Hole in the Earth

2003 De Volkskrant (NL), Touch-Me-Gently /QI Kunsteiland

2003.01.14. Koran Tempo (ID), Hole in the Earth

2003.12.22. Trouw - top page (NL), Hole in the Earth

2003.12.14. Kompas (ID), Hole in the Earth

2003.12. move (ID)- Dec 2003, Hole in the Earth

2001.06.11. Rotterdams Dagblad (NL), Hole in the Earth

2001.06.08. Rotterdams Dagblad (NL), Hole in the Earth

2001.06.10. Xinmingwanbou - top page (CN), Hole in the Earth

1999. Kumamoto Newspaper (JP), Kawabegawa Dam

1998, Tokyo Newspaper (JP), A Trasy Day

2011 TV Rijnmond (NL) Edible Perfume Workshop

2011 Earth Beat Radio Sensing Our Environment (Worldwide) 

2011 International Film Festival Rotterdam Channel (NL), Palm Top Theater 

2011 TV Strait Time (SG) AROMASCAPE of Singapore

2010.09.23. Sweet'n Marble Lovers / FM Kyoto (JP)

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2009. Woderful Science / FM Kyoto (JP)

2009. FM Tama (JP) Edible Perfume Workshop

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2006.09.26, Ketel TV on Rotterdam TV (NL), Aromatic Journey #1

2006.07. Antenne TV (NL)Menu for Nose

2005.01.  NHK Digital Stadium (JP) Hole in the Earth

2005. Nederlandse Radio Omroep Shortwave (NL),   Hole in the Earth

2005.11. TV Rijnmond Rotterdam (NL), Aangenaam

2003.12. Hond eet Man (NL), Hole in the Earth

2003.12. Rotterdam Rijnmond (NL), Hole in the Earth

2001.06. National TV News (CN), Hole in the Earth

 


 

 


I have contributed various articles for these books and magazines:

BOOKS:

2010 OPEN SAUCES BOOK, FoAM, ISBN 978-90-810733-0-1

2009 HOLLAND MANIA - americaanse en japanse beeldvorming over nederland -, Jonge Hond + Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal Leiden, ISBN 978-90-89100-99-3

2008 PURGATORIA, EMIO GRECO | PC,  ISBN: 978-90-810813-4-4

MAGAZINES:

AROMA RESEARCH - Journal of Aroma Science and Technology -, NO.42  vol. 12 / no. 01, FRAGRANCE JOURNAL LTD, ISSN 1345 4722

AROMA RESEARCH - Journal of Aroma Science and Technology -, NO. 35 vol 9. / no. 03, FRAGRANCE JOURNAL LTD, ISSN 1345 4722

NITTSU HOLLAND 

Maki Ueda (JP/NL)

 

olfactory artist

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

 

Born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1974. Based in Japan and The Netherlands.

 

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.

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 since 2002. Nominated for The World Technology Awards Category: Art (NY, USA) in 2009, she occasionally teaches and gives workshops on olfactory art at ArtScience Interfaculty of The Royal Academy of Art and Royal Conservatory The Hague (NL), and at Willem de Kooning Art Academy (NL).

 

Disciplines:

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• 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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