The range of disciplinary homes of practitioners is broad, within the arts and humanities: urban studies, architecture, art, design, philosophy, olfactory pedagogy, sensory geography, mobile methods. Connections that I have noted here reach out to mindfulness, play and anosmia.
Reading the ‘map’
The graphic takes the form of a causal link diagram, with more than a nod to Barr, depicting the trajectory of my own reflection-in-practice and external influences. Longitudinal markers across the top indicate approximate geographic location, including degrees east or west of Greenwich and 3-letter IATA codes as city references (use of lower case letters denotes an imaginary coding).
Nodes have hierarchical priority over the links; black text indicates a revelation or a change in practice and grey text indicates external influences and influencing of the smellwalks. Many arrows are uni-directional, this only indicates that, as Tufte says “the idea of causality is simplistic” and is not a representation of the complexity of the relationships.
Critical smellwalks in my smellscape mapping practice are indicated with a larger typeface; they occur in bursts and are followed by periods of consolidation through series of individual walks. Time is indicated on the y-axis and it can be seen that the period between mid 2014 and later 2015 was most productive in terms of the number of walks and frequency. This led to a range of smellwalks suited to specific research questions and/or the number of people involved. The colour key, located at the bottom of the ‘map’, doubles as a summary of the findings.