Explore the deep connection between scent and memory through the process of making a commemorative incense.
Ingredients evoking place and time will be gleaned from personal reflections.
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Remembrance through Scent: Commemorative Incense attempts to make tangible the autobiographical memories of specific past events.
Upon registering, participants will fill out an online questionnaire about the person, event, place, etc. they wish to commemorate and any aromatic recollections the questions may evoke (cooking spices, herbs, pine sap, etc.)
Assembled ingredients (along with any personal contributions from participants) will be mixed and molded during a brief individual session. Commemorative incense will be dried, wrapped and ready for pick-up after one week.
Ethnobotanist Krisa Fredrickson, a "dead plant librarian" in the herbarium at California Academy of Sciences, also works with living collections at the Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt, Oakland.