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Chris Perkins
Kate McLean

Smell is a ubiquitous and powerful way in which we make sense of the world, but is largely taken for granted and under-analysed. The geographies wrapped up with smell relate to our everyday experiences of place, and the mapping of these perceptions and their affects has great potential for revealing hitherto unseen social and cultural norms. This chapter charts some of the ways in which smell mapping might be enacted. It explores different temporalities associated with our smellscapes, documents the potential of different technologies and mobilities for attending to smell, and contrasts different embodied and social modes of ‘doing smell’. The links between smell and other sensory geographies are explored. In so doing it argues for a multi-sensorial turn in mundane methods.

in Mundane Methods
A trialogue
Sybille Lammes
Kate McLean
, and
Chris Perkins

This chapter discusses how Kate McLean uses mapping as part of her artistic-based research into smellscapes. McLean investigates how smell can be mapped when traversing environments in ‘smell walks’ through cities and using gathered olfactory data. Her work is mainly concerned with the ephemerality of smells and how to visually capture this volatility in and on smell maps. These maps are produced as an assemblage of digital technologies and manual techniques, such as drawing and painting. Lammes and Perkins discuss with her how olfactory mapping foregrounds many different temporalities and how it brings us new temporal – as well as spatial – stories.

in Time for mapping