What Does Sydney Smell Like to You?

By Danielle Pope

What Does Sydney Smell Like to You?
Jasmine trees? Sea breeze? Dirty laundry? Petrol fumes?

Smell is our strongest scent. How many times have you smelt something only to be mentally transported to a particular place, time or moment? Having said that, could you capture Sydney in five scents?

This is the question being asked in the world premiere exhibition Scent of Sydney. This free, immersive exhibition created by conceptual and olfactory artist, Cat Jones, explores whether you can really know a city by the way it smells.

Using data collected through a series of interviews with prominent Sydneysiders, Jones will blend and compose ten scents at the UTS Science Super Lab to capture the identity and sensory experience of Sydney. The conversations focus on five key ideas of Sydney: landscape, democracy, resistance, competition and extravagance. The scents can be experienced at the installation and audiences are invited to add their own stories and smells.


Jones is an interdisciplinary artist, writer and researcher with over 25 year’s experience. Her practice traverses live, site-specific, installation, audio-visual media and olfactory art forms. Her work investigates gender and sexuality, climate futures, botanic politics, and inter-species relationships through the subversion of social constructs, history, science, language and the senses.

Scent of Sydney is being shown as part of the Sydney Festival, at Carriageworks. Until 29 January. More information can be found on this website.



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