Smellwalking Staten Island, NYC
At the Future of Storytelling Festival 2017 many exhibits explored virtual reality and augmented reality. This series of smellwalks served as a complete contrast to hi-tech audio-visual narratives with participants using “sensed reality”; a gentle sniff and amble, with an occasional stretch or stoop, through the grounds of Snug Harbor Cultural Center grounds.
Participants then created a similarly low-tech mapping of their experience using ephemeral materials. Coloured chalks were offered as smell walkers visualised their favoured smell of the walk onto a crayon map of the location.
On the third day it rained, and all the smell visuals disappeared.
Aaron Kennedi on behalf of Future of Storytelling (FoST) 2017
FoST logistics team