Back in February of 2020 we were gathering steam for Los Angeles' first festival for scent. With the Experimental Scent Summit, the Biennial Scent Fair, workshops, scent walks, and even a scent rave, the week was actually going to be 9 days. It was all meant to take place in May of 2020, and would have culminated with the 7th annual Art and Olfaction Awards.
It was going to be so much fun. But, then, we all know what happened. COVID-19 hit the world, and, urgently, we canceled... everything.
Now, in our new world of digitized gatherings, we are very excited to share that Scent Week lives on.
We've rethought programming, and are pleased to bring a series of events designed for the internet. Over 5 days (possibly more, let's see where this takes us!) we will join with our friends around the world to share new practices, explore emergent online technologies, and much more.
And, as before, Scent Week will be built around the 7th annual annual Art and Olfaction Awards on September 17th.
There's much more to come, but please keep an eye on the developments of Scent Week here.
March 11, 2020 - Comments Off on Coronavirus and the Art + Olfaction Awards
While we cannot predict the future, or add any new information to the chorus of anxiety, we can pledge to act responsibly.
As of this writing, we have not planned to cancel the Art and Olfaction Awards. Nor have we planned to cancel any of the programs we are organizing for Scent Week.
Given the unfolding situation in Milan, our friends at Esxence have had to postpone their event to February 2021. As such, we have had to rethink how we will share the news about the finalists. We are working on this, and we will let everyone know our finalist announcement date and venue, soon.
With respect to the Awards and Scent Week activities in May, we are working with a number of partners to keep an eye on the situation, and honoring our partner venues' policies. We will, ultimately, comply with any recommendations put forth by LA County Department of Public Health. This might mean that we will need to go virtual for some of the events, and possibly cancel others.
We are keeping an eye - like everybody else.
As of right now, however, we're planning for the best case scenario, which is that this outbreak will be contained, and that we'll get to see everyone in person in May, in LA.
We look forward to getting through this unprecedented and truly surreal outbreak, together. As Douglas Adams puts it in Mostly Harmless: "We live in strange times. We also live in strange places, each in a universe of our own. The people with whom we populate our universe are the shadows of whole other universes intersecting with our own."
Let's never stop intersecting.
Director The Art and Olfaction Awards The Institute for Art and Olfaction
This is the speech given by Saskia Wilson-Brown at the beginning of the 6th annual Art and Olfaction Awards Ceremony. These ideas were triggered by conversations with friends in all fields, including Mandy Aftel.
Continuing our tradition of partnering with unique, historic, and culturally important venues, we're pleased to announce that the 6th annual Art and Olfaction Awards ceremony will take place on Thursday May 2, 2019, at Oude Kerk, in Amsterdam.
About Oude Kerk
Right in the heart of De Wallen - Amsterdam's red light district - The Oude Kerk is the first church ever built in Amsterdam and the oldest building in the city. And we say old, we mean old: It was founded circa 1213 and consecrated in 1306 by the bishop of Utrecht with Saint Nicolas as its patron saint.
As a contemporary art institute housed in a historical monument, the Oude Kerk examines its past, current and future meanings and its dynamic environment as both a participant in and representative of the development of our society. In the Oude Kerk artists and historians collaborate on high-profile and influential presentations; contemporary art and heritage go hand in hand.