18th-26th November 2016
Ambling, Testing, Smelling, Mapping, Listening, Talking, Distilling, Rambling, Viewing, Reading, Understanding.
I arrived in Kypseli, Athens at the beginning of October for a residency with Snehta and began conducting sensory walks around the neighbourhood and meeting with locals; human, animal and botanical. I came with the aim of understanding Kypseli from as many different perspectives as possible. What makes a place a place? What gives it its atmosphere? Is it the smell, the sound, the colour or light? What influences these elements within the place?
For 2 weeks at the end of November I opened up my workspace and practice to the public in the form of a lab in Snehta’s gallery space. People were able to experience my work to date and get involved in ongoing activities in the lab including:
-going on a sound walk in collaboration with the Acoustic Ecology Seminar by Akoo-o at TwixtLab
-a meditative film installation with footage I took locally
-adding their own thoughts about the key smells, sounds and sights of Kypseli to my archive of research
Snehta chemist, Filoktitis Veinoglou, who was in residence each Saturday, distilling essential oils from the trees and plants which give Kypseli some of its smells. He also gave a talk about the various distillation processes he used and how smells move through the air.
A publication documenting I Left My Senses in I. Drosopoulou, my residency in Greece with Snehta.