OLFACTOSCAPE VER. 2
- Deconstructing Chanel No. 5 -
DATE: 15.03.2012 [preimer]
VENUE: V2_ Institute for Unstable Media
CONTEXT: event name: Smell This!
OLFACTO (= olfactory) SCAPE (= scenery)
OLFACTOSCAPE is an invisible panorama painting. It's a 3m diameter space created with a curtain. The walls are "painted" with smells.
Perfume is a composition of multiple ingredients, often more than a hundred. Making a perfume is like making a piece of music: creating a harmony with multiple tones. In this version of the OLFACTOSCAPE, independent components (aromatic ingredients) of Chanel No. 5 are separately placed (sprayed) at the different locations. If you stand in the middle point of the space, you would smell the "harmony." If you walk along the curtain, you would smell the "individual tones." The intention is thus, to deconstruct the Chanel No. 5, and to reconstruct it again.
Enter the space, close your eyes, walk and sniff like a dog. Some scents come closer to you, while others fade away. When do you smell the "harmony" and when do you smell the "individual tones?" Do the scents navigate you instead of you navigating yourself? Is there any scent that attracts you, or that makes you want to approach?
This project is supported by Omega Ingredients and inframince.jp.
A multi-sensorial perception of space - ‘Olfactoscape’ by Maki Ueda
A review by Caro Verbeek, an art historian
‘Because we have two nostrils and because we can move, we are able to perceive smells in stereo and navigate through a space by inhaling’
OLFACTOSCAPE IN SPAIN
DATE: 20.10.2011. - 12.11.2011.
PLACE: LUCENA (CORDOBA), SPAIN
CONTEXT: SENSXPERIMENT http://www.sensxperiment.es/
20th October – 12th November 2011. Lucena-Córdoba
After ten years of activity Sensxperiment International Creation Meeting will be organized in a triennial basis, so most activities of the current eleventh edition will take place in October and November 2011, mainly in Lucena and Cordoba, Spain.
The topic chosen for this edition is ‘Sensory Immersion’.
OLFACTOSCAPE VER. 1
- a composition of smells in a space -
olfacto = olfactory, the sense of smellscape = denoting a specified type of scene
Olfactoscape is a 3m diameter space created with a curtain. The walls are invisiblly "painted" with smells.
OLFACTOSCAPE is a word that I made up, consisting of OLFACTO (= olfactory) and SCAPE (= scene). Let's observe an olfactory landscape with our nose, like a dog. Close your eyes, walk and sniff. Some scents come closer to you, while others fade away. Is there any scent that attracts you, or that makes you want to approach? This is a research project of searching for the boundaries and possibilities of our sense of smell.
Japanese people have a unique sense for the scents in nature. They appreciate the scents of the season as if viewing the landscape. They feel tipsy for the sweet scents under the cherry blossoms in the early spring night, and they feel the autumn for the scents of osmanthus. OLFACTOSCAPE is meant for experiencing such olfactory attitude. The selection of the scents illustrates this Japanese sensitivity to nature.
This work was initially developed with the support of INFRAMINCE, Inc (www.inframince.jp) and PANTALOON (www.pantaloon.jp).
- hinoki - camphor - lily of the valley - cherry blossoms - wild rose - forest with fallen leaves - ginger - yuzu - matsutake - wild lily - cinnamon - grass etc.
More documentations regarding its development:
concept: Maki Ueda
installation developed by: Pantaloon & Maki Ueda
sponsored by: Yamamoto Perfumery Co. Ltd.
produced by: Inframince
Makoto Yokomizo x Maki Ueda
DATE: July 23 (TUE)- Aug 9 (FRI), 2013. 10:00-18:00.
CONTEXT: Mazda 100 years anniversary
VENUE: Okamura Garden Court Show Room
SPONSOR: Okamura Co., Ltd.
SUPPORT: Yamamoto Perfumery Co., Ltd.
It's a void space dedicated for touching, hearing, and smelling. The architect Makoto Yokomizo designed a semi-dark space that makes you feel like "endless space that is vast and misty", and Maki Ueda made the scent diffusion system for it. As you walk into the space you cannot see at instance, then you automatically switch your priority to hearing, touching, and smelling. As you get used to the darkness you see no end in the space. There's no object but an environment. As you explore in the space you smell differently - 3 principle smells are used here like RGB for monitors. Thus, smells navigate you in the space. There's no meaning given to the smells, but it's you who give them. The focus is your sense of smell, movement, and orientation.
OLFACTORY LABYRINTH VER.1
space installation (2013)
DATE: September 11, 2013 (wed) – September 29, 2013 (sun)
VENUE: ATSUKOBAROUGH – arts drinks talk
CONTEXT: Sharing Vibes Exhibition
CURATOR: Yukiko SHIKATA
SUPPORT: Yamamoto Perfumery Co., Ltd.
■Introduction - move, smell, and sense -
This looks like an installation with bottles hanging from the ceiling in a grid. It is actually a space designed for olfactory exploration.
Each bottle contains fragrant oil. The candle rope by which it hangs from the ceiling gradually absorbs the oil and spreads the scent around the space. The oil is just strong enough to be smelled from a 20-cm distance.
Each grid is about 40 to 50 cm, just wide enough for a person to walk through while smelling.
Three different fragrant oils are used, and they are placed in such way that a person can trace a smell from bottle to bottle. They are placed in clusters or in lines, like a Reversi game. It's a small, playful "olfactory labyrinth" that also tests your sense of smell.
The construction is flexible, allowing the level of complexity to be adjusted to any target group during exhibition. In this way, it is a platform for experimentation and there is no final, fixed form.
The main focus is the olfactory experience rather than the scent itself. Often in olfactory installations or exhibitions, the focus is on guessing a smell or evoking memories and feelings. I think, though, that smell is, in itself, neutral. It's the audience who attribute meanings such as "I dislike this smell" or "This is the smell I knew from my grandma's house" after processing olfactory information in their brains. My memories are different from yours, so how can I assume that what is a "sweet smell" to me will have the same meaning to you?
Such meanings to smells are given from personal experiences and histories. This is why I chose not to give meanings to smells in this project. I rather want to be open to surprising olfactory experiences that we normally wouldn’t encounter in daily life. Omni-directional olfactory experience has been forgotten in our modern life, so reviving it is especially interesting. You can become convinced that human beings, much like dogs, have the ability to sniff around and navigate themselves using their sense of smell.
In our society it's not considered good manners to talk about smell, but it's recommended to do so here!
In recent years my key words have been "movement" and "olfactory experience". I've been researching omni-directional olfactory experiences within a certain space. The sensations created by actively walking around and finding smells are very different from just passively receiving smells. I think I'm one of the few artists researching this discipline.
I’ve wanted to make an "olfactory labyrinth" for years. I’ve thought about a big construction in an open space, or an interactive installation with sensors. But I first wanted to experiment at low cost, resulting in this first prototype for future development.
I selected the fragrant oils while wondering how to make a finer resolution of smells within a certain space. Without my sponsor Yamamoto Perfumery Co., Ltd. such experimentation would never have been possible.
I tried to exclude visual and audible aspects in this work as much as possible. I let the work explain itself rather than doing so in words. Instead smells and space communicate with your physical sensations, allowing you to project images and play sounds in the mind. I believe that smell possesses such power.
On "Sharing Vibes: As Part of Resonating Place"
“Sharing Vibes” is presented as a place where we may discover the world anew by starting to recall the diverse invisible and immaterial information―odors, water veins, flows, etc.―that we usually cannot sense, or fail to notice.
It is in this space that Fuyuki Yamakawa, Maki Ueda and Kenshu Shintsubo will attempt to originate a resonance using, sounds, odors, photography and other media. All three avoid confining their works into distinct media or meanings, and instead regard them as potential information so to prompt us to open up our perceptions and thinking.
Yamakawa showcases a new work that makes underground water flows audible and visible. The research he carried out to create this work will also be presented in the form of a portable map that visitors can take with them in order to feel the water veins in Shibuya. Ueda's “labyrinth” composed of multiple odors is a place where each person gives active attention to the sense of smell. Shintsubo’s works vividly capture the phases of water that circulates the world through the atmosphere and trees.
The mutual interaction among the works，the mutual influence between those who share the space, and the new vibrations that are born through the multiple resonances between the space, the works and the people... A place each of us participate as a part of the exhibition, of the space and of the world. “Sharing Vibes” does not end. (Yukiko SHIKATA, Curator)