After 2 long months of filling little vials, chasing submissions lost in the mail and coordinating lots and lots of data, we were finally able to prepare the judging packages, and send them on their way.
Well, it's that time of the year again, when we get to un-box and decant hundreds of perfumes from around the world.
We're not into hyperbole and/or poetics, but humour us for a quick second while we state something from the heart: The entire Art and Olfaction Awards team (aka Minetta, Kendra, Maxwell, Julianne, Jeff, Micah and Saskia) feels so honored to be able to process all these wonderful perfumes and projects.
With that, we wanted to take a moment to explain what happens when your submission arrives in the mail.
We're thrilled to announce that submissions for the 5th annual Art and Olfaction Awards are open. We accept submissions from perfumers, brands and experimental practitioners with scent from all countries, for perfumes (and experimental projects) first released to market between January 1 and December 31, 2017.
Saskia here. I wanted to take a moment to publish the speech I was going to give at the beginning of the 4th annual Art and Olfaction Awards, before I lost track of myself. It was an amazing event, and I am proud of the work we did. However, I am also cognizant of the challenges facing the awards. So, for those of you who weren't there in person (and for those of you who were but missed the bulk of what I wanted to say because... Well... I forgot to say it)... Here we go!
BERLIN - MAY 7, 2017 Guests and nominees congregated to witness the fourth annual Art and Olfaction Awards at the Silent Green Kulturquartier—a former crematorium built in 1911 revitalized as an arts venue—in Berlin, Germany on the evening of Saturday, May 6, 2017.
We're a few weeks away from the 4th annual Art and Olfaction Awards, and now feels like a great time to post about one challenge we face as an organization: The fairness of our judging process.
In a perfect world, we would identify and persuade 28 people who both have excellent noses AND zero existing relationships in the industry to spend months of their time assessing the submissions for nothing more than an enthusiastic thank you.
However, our world is notquiteperfect, and people who understand perfume tend to... well... work in the perfume industry. In other words, pre-existing relationships are a given: There is no reasonable way to avoid them, short of coralling a pack of robots to evaluate the submissions (and even that might create some issues along the way).
We are, however, very aware of a relationship's potential to bias the awards. Although every mechanism has potential flaws (and every year brings us a new exception to what we thought was a hard rule), we do our very, very best to make the awards as fair as possible. Here's how!