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The Secret Arts: How to Smell

$15 per device Online Experience
1 hour
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$15 per device
$15 per person
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What We’ll Do

Watchmaking. Paleography. Crystal Synthesis. Mud Ball Polishing.

One of Atlas Obscura's favorite online experiences, The Secret Arts, where we invite some of the world’s rarest experts and artisans to share the hidden knowledge of their singular craft, is back! Each edition of The Secret Arts features a different craftsperson in discussion with host, Roux Bedrosian. Unlike more instructional events, we'll explore some of the key lessons and discoveries our guest has made over the years, how you might try your hand at their unique skill yourself, and answer your questions live! Join us, and take a step into the unknown realm of The Secret Arts!

This month we'll be joined by artist Saskia Wilson-Brown, who specializes in appreciating the finer points of scent.Saskia's interest in multivalent practices led her to create The Institute for Art and Olfaction (IAO), a non-profit devoted to access and experimentation in perfumery. Through the IAO, she has launched projects with institutions such as Pulitzer Foundation, Getty Institute, Hammer Museum, Wallace Collection, New Mexico Highlands University, and many more. In 2013, she launched the Art and Olfaction Awards, an international awards mechanism for independent perfumers, and in 2018 she launched Open Sourcing Smell Culture, an initiative devoted to open source principles in perfumery. She is currently pursuing a PhD exploring the historic and contemporary relationship between perfume, access and power. We'll talk to Saskia about how she got into the art of scent, what makes her passionate about it, and how you can better appreciate the smells in your own world!

Where We’ll Be


About Your Host
Roux Bedrosian
Roux Bedrosian

Greetings! I’m Roux Bedrosian, an NJ based vocalist, musician, writer, and pop-culture enthusiast. When I’m not moderating exciting and thought-provoking events on behalf of Atlas Obscura, you’ll often find me performing at local venues, writing original fiction and poetry, or lending my voice to studio projects. Over the course of my young career, I’ve had the privilege of collaborating with some pretty interesting folks – including the creative geniuses over at The Game Theorists and ShoddyCast.

By visiting, you’ll get a taste of the different things I do! You can also check out my acoustic duo, ROUVAN, on facebook! ( PS – I put out a new #60SecondCover video on Instagram every Friday (@harleyroux).

What Else You Should Know

Once registered, you can access the Zoom room for this experience through your confirmation email or Eventbrite account. Atlas Obscura online experiences are recommended for attendees age 13+.

This online experience will be recorded. A temporary link to the recording will be provided in a follow-up email to all ticket holders within 72 hours after the event. Access to this recording will be available for seven days.

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