For Museumnacht Amsterdam 2016, Mediamatic invited me to develop the olfactory dating performance, Love Sweat Love. The public — playing a crucial role — activated the performance by collecting their body scents, as well as smelling and selecting their favourites from a large collection of body scents. They were guided through the smelling process by a short survey. For Odorama, I will unveil the insights into the affective perception of body scent that result from this performance.

See documentation here.


I will present work in progress on the affective perception and experience of perspiration, which started with the olfactory dating performance Love Sweat Love (2016). I will tackle the following questions: How do we affectively perceive human body scent we feel attracted to?
How to research affective perception of body scent through performance outside a laboratory setting? How to evaluate and interpret my survey accompanying Love Sweat Love that inquires into the affective perception and experience of perspiration?


  • 22 June 2017, Love Sweat Love: Affective and perceptual experience of human perspiration in AmsterdamHuman Olfaction conference, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (NL)

I presented part 1 of my artistic research on affective and perceptual experience within the framework of the olfactory dating performance Love Sweat Love (2016).

By outlining first results of the survey (roughly 300 participants) that was part of the performance, I illuminated participants’ feeling responses of attractively perceived perspiration samples of others. I focused specifically on feeling descriptions of participants who consider scent in a relationship as meaningful, thereby distinguishing between biological sex as well as the use and non-use of fragrance. To interpret the affective experiences, I drew upon the Geneva Emotion and Odor Scale (GEOS) (Chrea et al. 2009) as a tool for examining odor-evoked emotional experience. For details check out my poster.

For the future, I aim to evaluate all feeling responses, and to conceptualize the multiplicity of affective experience.

This research contributes both to the advancement of an aesthetics of the sense of smell, and to the continuous development of human olfactory perception-cognition.

Many thanks to Caro Verbeek for the invitation to Museumnight Amsterdam, and to Mediamatic for the collaboration on Love Sweat Love. The most important contributors to the realization of the survey result have been Kaustubh Srikanth (programming), Milan Groot and Alanna Lynch (data entry), Jennifer Schulte (methodology), and Sheraz Khan (poster design).