Saturday, April 11, 2009

workshop@WDK day 1&2

day 1

  • introduction
  • slideshow (about my works)
  • what is smell? what is smelling? how does the sense of smell works?
  • fieldwork assignment
1. Sniff around in the City of Rotterdam
2. Find an interesting smell, and collect the material (if possible)
3. Describe about the smell without mentioning its name.
4. Locate the smell & description on the Google Map

Day 2

Show us the smells that you've found.

Describe the smell. Good or bad? Let's get a step further. You can express it by color, shape, feeling, or texture. Use adjetives. You could also describe it with your personal memories and emotions.

From left: street bush, lavender, clay, barbie that smells somehow

Moss /mud - the smell of Rotterdam Haven

Dead fish - the smell of central market

Dog pee.

Tobacco - the smell that overwhelms around WDK

Old book - the smell of antique shop

Hair - the smell of hair salon.

The students collected a lot of smells related to living. Very good direction.

We'll start extracting the smells.

He is extracting the smell of cement.

Eau bain-marie.

Demonstrating the distillation equipments.

Extracting the smell of camphor tree.

After finishing the day, the students got the 2nd fieldwork assignment (the same as the 1st one).

Amazing that they brought these smells that do not neccesarily smell nice. Is that because they are art students, or is that just because they are young? Anyway I like their senses.

Although the smell of dead fish and dog pee were outstanding, they were not extracted. It's not because of the smell, but the students were more interested to work with the different materials.

However the smell of hair was extracted. Before the extraction it was disgusting to smell if you don't know whose hair it was. But after the extraction it was easier to smell. It is perhaps because the smell does not belong to the original person anymore. Funny!

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