Event description

“It comes down to know thyself. It’s important to know yourself, and I think that scent can help trigger that.”

Why do 19 iconic brands and thought leaders including scent-branding experts, neuroscientists, technology behemoths, and a Game of Thrones language creator feel so strongly about this forgotten sense? What if we could recognize, understand, and communicate aroma? How might we connect with ourselves and the world around in more ways?

Aroma has the power to enhance the human experience. Join us for a screening and an intimate conversation with leading experts in the fields of sensory communication as they discuss how the principles of inclusive design and what we know about language can deepen our understanding of this forgotten sense.

Structure of the Event:

– Language of Aroma Film Screening
– Panel Discussion moderated by Lana Sutherland, Co-founder & CEO at TEALEAVES
– Q&A with Panelists

(Moderator) Lana Sutherland – Co-Founder & CEO at TEALEAVES
As Co-Founder and CEO, Lana establishes long-term vision and values for TEALEAVES, a leading luxury tea brand that crafts bespoke teas for its exclusive clients ranging from five-star hotels (Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental, Ritz Carlton, St. Regis, W Hotels, Park Hyatt, Rosewood, The Standard) to Michelin star and celebrity chefs (Ducasse, Gordon Ramsay, Jean Georges), worldwide. Clients also include the Food and Beverage programs of American Airlines and Disney.

Saskia Wilson Brown – Founder & Executive Director at the Institute for Art and Olfaction
Saskia Wilson-Brown co-directed the Silver Lake Film Festival and ran international filmmaker outreach at Al Gore’s Current TV while producing initiatives and media around new models in the arts. In 2012, her interest in trans-media practices led her to create The Institute for Art and Olfaction, a non-profit devoted to experimentation and access in scent. Through the IAO, she has launched partnerships with institutions such as Goethe Institut, Getty Institute, Danish Film Institute, National Media Museum UK, Hammer Museum, Wallace Collection, and more. She launched the Art and Olfaction Awards in 2013, an international awards mechanism for independent perfumers.

David J Peterson – Language Creator for Game of Thrones
David J. Peterson is a language creator (conlanger), author and artist. David has created languages for HBO’s Game of Thrones, Netflix’s Bright, the CW’s Star-Crossed, the CW’s The 100, Spike’s The Shannara Chronicles, Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World and many more. David is also the author of Living Language Dothraki and The Art of Language Invention.


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