Can you really know a city by the way it smells?
Scent of Sydney seeks more than first impressions. It distils the substance of Sydney – its stories of competition, extravagance, landscape, resistance and democracy, through scent.
Conversations with Sydney residents, including you, describe fascinating stories of life in Sydney. Layers of scent within these stories explore the borderlands of physical, personal, cultural and metaphorical relationships between place and identity. Filled with emotions and memories, they document everything from intimate moments in time to migrations.
The themes unravel complex entanglements – competition raising the stakes of extravagance, resistance pulsing in the very heart of democracy, and each of these touching the soul of landscape.
Anne Summers, Auntie Frances Bodkin, Elizabeth Farrelly, Lyall Munro Jnr., Dr. Michael Darcy, Patrick Abboud, Pat Fiske, Sarah Houbolt, Prof. William Gladstone, and William Yang offer their stories as a catalyst for your contribution.
Artists in the installation are here to listen and expand those conversations with you – to capture your own story and scent of Sydney.
Cat Jones is an interdisciplinary artist, writer and researcher with a special interest in audience psychology. Jones is a Creative Australia Fellow, an affiliate of the Sansom Institute, Body and Mind, University South Australia and winner of the Sadakichi (Experimental) Art and Olfaction Award 2016.
Commissioned by Sydney Festival 2017.
Premiere at Carriageworks, Sydney 7-29th January 2017 with public talks on 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25 January
Artist Cat Jones
Live Artists Rebecca Conroy, Sumugan Sivanesan, Maria White, Nick Atkins
Sound Miles Martignoni and Ninah Kopel
Design Pip Runciman
Lighting Neil Simpson
Graphics Anais Taylor
Creative Producer Fiona Winning
Project Manager Imogen Semmler
Wesley Enoch, Fiona Winning, Imogen Semmler, Pip Runciman, Whitney Eglington, Neil Simpson, Miles Martignoni, Jake Morcom, Ninah Kopel, Naomi Taplin, Studio Enti, Sarah Last, Alex Hyvonen, Amalina Whittaker, Bill Booth, Jason Ashmore, Kia Angus, Rebecca Conroy, Sumugan Sivanesan, Nick Atkins, Maria White, Steph Walker, Michael Cutrupi, Cate Hull, Boni Cairncross, interview participants, panelists, volunteers and many others, including you.
Scent of Sydney © Cat Jones 2016