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Guided Smog Smelling

Guided Smog Smelling uses the human sense of smell and taste to analyze air pollution and evaluate aeroir—the unique atmospheric taste of place. The purpose of Guided Smog Smelling is to activate our bodies, lungs and sense of smell, and to experience with intention the unique atmospheric moment we are living through. Depending on where your body is located on the planet, the air smells different and even feels different.


The Center for Genomic Gastronomy created Guided Smog Smelling to meditate on the ways that conditions and events, like car exhaust, power plant emissions, weather, altitude, and possibly pollen, plant oils, and airborne spores can contributes to the unique smell and taste of a place. Guided Smog Smelling is an invitation to slow down, focus on your breathing and reconnect your body to the flows in and out of your airshed.