#Workshops (Adults)
Sun.21 / 14:00 - 18:00
4th Floor

The workshop sense of smell by the olfactory artist Klara Ravat focuses on our unique organ, the nose. The sense of smell is a crucial function of the human body. It warns us for potential dangers in our direct environment and has a crucial role in our experience of space and our relation to others. Smell affects human behaviour, perception of time, memories, emotions and influences decision making. There are many possibilities to use smell as a powerful medium and tool in art, design and science. In relation to the festival theme: the sense of smell is something we can’t avoid; it’s there, it’s everywhere. Or it is not? During the quick advancement of the digital revolution smell has been forgotten, denied and placed a part as an animalistic act. However, smelling can provide us with more information about our environment than any digitalized apparatus. It might be the time to build a postfuture where we reconsider smelling and we take advantage of all its possibilities. In this 1-day workshop, participants will get an introduction about smell, how it works, what’s been done in the olfactory art realm until the moment, and will learn how to obtain an extract from an organic material. Participants will also be able to take a sample of the distilled scent home.


Maximum number of participants: 15

Free admission, please note limited spaces available.

To reserve a place, please email including the following details:

  • Name of workshop you wish to attend
  • Name/Surname
  • Contact number
  • Number of participants



Klara Ravat (ES)

KLARA RAVAT (Berlin, Germany) is an olfactory artist an experimental filmmaker. After studying qualitative trend research in Barcelona Klara moved to The Netherlands where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (ArtScience at The Royal Academy of Arts). At the same time she studied Psychology at the Open University of Catalonia. Klara is the co-founder of the Smell Lab, a community project that focuses on the investigation and practice of the art and science of the sense of smell. Ravat teamed up with the Institute for Art and Olfaction in 2017 to co-produce the first Experimental Scent Summit. Klara’s training as an olfactory artist combined with her background in qualitative trend research and psychology provides her with a multidisciplinary viewpoint which enables her to reach a deeper understanding of the processes behind the human senses.