04 December 2018 | 19:30

Scenting the Androgynous

  • Start time: 19:30
  • Entrance: free

Scenting the Androgynous is a first time meet up between Spektrum communities, Scent Club Berlin and XenoEntities Network. These two collectives wish to meet to discuss points of connection between scent and gender, delving into the socio-political implications of how we gender scent and discussing the myth around pheromones.

We invite you all to bring along your deodorant or perfume for us to incorporate for a blind test.

The format of the meet-up will be run similarly to those familiar with XEN’s Assemblage format. Assemblages are free-access gatherings with the purpose to discuss/research where participants can propose topics and ideas within the scope of the topic. We invite speakers from different fields to our sessions and organise round-table discussions complete with readings of relevant materials as well as discussions of texts and artworks.

We hope that the discussions and collective research here will inspire a future collaboration between Scent Club and XEN.

Scent Club Berlin is an artistic collective and community of people, that come together to research, produce projects and collaborate focusing on the sense of smell.
“The most beautiful thing we have discovered has to be the fact that albeit the sense of smell is extremely subjective it has the capacity to bring people together, it connects people and opens people up not only to their memories and associations but also to one another.”
Current core members include founding members Mareike Bode, Max Joy, Alanna Lynch, Eeva-Liisa Puhakka, and Chaveli Sifre Riestra along with Tobias Esselborn and Aleksandra Pawlowska.

XenoEntities Network (XEN) is a platform for discussion and experimentation focusing on intersections of queer, gender, and feminist studies with digital technologies, organized by Lou Drago, Pedro Marum, and Zander Porter. The XEN-curated programs comprise events with performances, screenings, and panels. Programs revolve around contemporary art and philosophical-theoretical themes such as posthumanism, xenofeminism, cyborgs and prosthetics, surveillance technologies, and virtual reality, amongst others. XEN speculates about new forms of existence and explores the expansion of bodies and subjectivities within the digital realm. XEN is an open-community platform for anyone from any background who has interest and curiosity in these topics and/or is willing to expand/corrupt/disrupt/explode them in safe(r) contexts.