Smellscapes have become increasingly precarious as rising temperatures and anthropogenic pollutants alter the composition of air, water, and soil to radically disturb ecosystems. This destruction, arising in part from the current climate crisis, is often unevenly distributed and may go unnoticed due to its slow, elusive nature. Through site-responsive processes such as smellwalking, 'Precarious Smellscapes' investigates how an engaged, situated arts practice was evolved to strengthen empathetic connections with ecologies of more-than-human worlds. This resulted in a sensory dining experience, 'Olfactivisms', a curated exhibition, 'Olfactory Ecologies', and a time capsule of collated scents and imagery, 'Smellcapsule2122', which accompanies this thesis.
Full text: https://eprints.qut.edu.au/240361/