Smellmap: Amsterdam - olfactory art & data visualisation

McLean, K. (2014) Smellmap: Amsterdam - olfactory art & data visualisation. In: IEEE VIS 2014, 9th-14th November, 2014, Paris.

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Creating a smellmap of a city is a collaborative exercise. During a
series of smellwalks, local participants identify distinct aromas
emanating from specific locations and record the description,
expectation, intensity, personal association, and reaction. I then
analyse this data, along with conversations arising from the walks,
and select a set of smells that convey the smellscape of the city at
that moment in time, visualsing the scents and their locations in
the city as a “map”. The resulting map visualisations are
propositions: indications of what one might smell in a certain
place. The map is accompanied by scents, which are the nasal
stimuli, and a catalyst for discussion. This visualisation/olfactory
art emphasises human interaction with a vast set of contestable
sensory data.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Smellmap; smell; smellscap; olfactory; art; visualisation
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GA Mathematical geography. Cartography > GA0101 Cartography
N Fine Arts > NC Drawing Design Illustration
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Centre for Practice-Based Research in the Arts
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Depositing User: Ms Kate McLean
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2015 15:58
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2018 11:05

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