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"Olfactory Games" is a finalist for the 7th Art and Olfaction Sadakichi Award for Experimental Work with Scent. The Art and Olfaction Awards celebrate excellence in global independent and artisan perfumery, and experimental work with scent.

Maki Ueda started her olfactory art course Smell and Art in 2009 which is considered one of the first constructed academic course on this topic. In the course students learn a conceptual and abstract approach to the medium of smell. The use of smell goes beyond the representational use and focuses on its qualities and experience without a need for a narrative or context. The students are challenged to develop olfactory games using this approach. Furthermore, they learn chemical skills by extracting and composing smells to support their creations. The game format challenges our imagination: while we always have limited fragrance materials, we never stop thinking of new games. The Japanese traditional olfactory game Kodo is a good example of this.

 The course includes:

  1. Kodo workshop
  2. Smell performance workshop for blindfolded
  3. Extraction workshop
  4. Incense making workshop 
  5. Perfumery Basics workshop (+- 100 natural / synthetic materials, composition of the smell of rose)

Archives of the course:

Course given at:
- ArtScience Interfaculty of the Royal Academy of Art and Royal Conservatoire, The Hague, The Netherlands, once a two years
- IAMAS, Japan

Course hours: 36 to 48 hours

The Course Archive Book is for sale now!

Olfactory Games 2009-2019