Smellmap: Amsterdam, 2014

McLean, K. (2014) Smellmap: Amsterdam, 2014. In: IEEE VIS 2014 Arts Program, 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 (Other)
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: 05 Jun 2015 09:10
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2018 14:13

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