a hybrid olfacto-literary performance

Designed by Brian Goeltzenleuchter

Featuring readings by Krisa Bruemmer, Eva Friedlander, Anitra Carol Smith, and Brian Thedell.

28-29 November 2015 // 3:00 - 4:30pm

Olfactory Memoirs is a performance length production, a workshop series, and an interactive website that challenges both emerging and experienced writers, approximately 14 years of age to 90, to reconstruct childhood memories through the sense of smell.

The performance takes a hybrid form: A literary reading that is choreographed to coincide with an orchestrated delivery of artist-made fragrances. The springboard for each participant’s narrative is an olfactory memory that deeply evokes some childhood memory. Throughout the performance these fragrances play the role of olfactory landscapes (“scent-scapes”) intended to add a sensory dimension to the performance by connecting audiences more deeply to the narrative texts read on stage. The scent distribution technology holds up to 24 different fragrances, which can be deployed at the push of a button and almost instantly distributed to a large audience through hand-held scent tubes. The system is unique in its ability to transmit units of fragrance in tiny doses, allowing Goeltzenleuchter to juxtapose scents without them overlapping and "muddying" together.

San Diego Writers, Ink, 2730 Historic Decatur Rd. Barracks 16, Suite 202 San Diego, California 92106

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Brian Goeltzenleuchter is an UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts MFA Alum. For more about his work, please visit:

Olfactory Memoirs website archive

Photo detail is courtesy of Artist Brian Goeltzenleuchter.

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