In the light of some new reading, I’ve thought of coming up with a smellscape of the city, a sort of transient map of the smells that are born and die everyday, hour, minute, in overcrowded Bucharest. As this is an individual project based on a subjective experience which focuses on ephemeral objects of perception, the result might not be relevant in the case of, let’s say, a more scientific approach.
It would be interesting to see however to what extent my olfactory perception of certain places in the city differs or resembles to that of others. Any input is welcomed: ).
Plus I’m curious of how Bucharest looks like according to the tip of my nose although I might have some idea already.
J. Douglas Porteous cited by Joy Monice Malnar and Frank Vodvarka in “Sensory Design” said “any conceptualization of smellscape must recognize that the perceived smellscape will be non-continuous, fragmentary in space and episodic in time, and limited by the height of our noses from the ground”. I can only wish my nose is high enough so I would survive to narrate at least the first episode of my olfactive tribulations.