Olfactory classifications: an incomplete portolan of combined smelly knowledges

McLean, K. (2016) Olfactory classifications: an incomplete portolan of combined smelly knowledges. In: UNSPECIFIED. [Artefact]

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A segmented radial convergence data visualisation to facilitate interrogation of how smell vocabularies are shared between different classification systems.

Using words from 5 disciplines combined with human-perceived smells verbatim (from one of my site-specific research projects smellwalking and smellmapping in Pamplona) the diagram suggests how the smells might be categorised according to specialist aroma wheels and classification systems. Cross-referencing expert olfactory terminologies from different disciplines reveals a complexity and confusion in labelling smells, leaves some smells without ‘homes’ and indicates a need for alternative strategies when representing the urban vernacular smellscape.

Item Type: Artefact
Additional Information: Exhibited in: 1. "Las consecuencias del mapa", October 2014, La Sala Conde Rodenzo, Pamplona, Spain 2. "Communicating the Intangible", September 17-24, 2016, Royal College of Art, London.
Uncontrolled Keywords: smell; classification; data visualisation; design
Subjects: 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: 01 Nov 2016 12:46
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2018 15:42
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/15081

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Last edited: 29/06/2016 12:23:00