Saskia Wilson‑Brown

Executive Director & Founder

The Institute for Art & Olfaction

French and American by upbringing, Cuban and English by blood, Saskia received her BA (fine art) from UC Berkeley and her MA (fine art) from Central Saint Martins. A producer and curator for visual art and film, Saskia co-directed the seminal Silver Lake Film Festival, ran international outreach and development for Al Gore’s Current TV, and has consulted on a number of arts, film and transmedia projects including the P2P distribution platform VODO, DIY Days, TEDActive and Slamdance Film Festival.

In 2012, her interest in open access and transmedia practices led her to create The Institute for Art and Olfaction, a non-profit arts organization devoted to experimentation and education in perfumery. Through the IAO, she has launched partnerships with institutions such as Goethe Institut, Hammer Museum, Getty Institute, Danish Film Institute, National Media Museum UK, Huntington Library, Wallace Collection, Silent Green Kulturquartier, Watts Gallery, Mediamatic, and many more.

In 2013, she launched the Art and Olfaction Awards, an awards mechanism for independent, artisan and experimental perfumers, which she has produced in Los Angeles, Berlin, London and Amsterdam. In addition to countless art installations and events, she has also initiated and produced large public-facing experimental programs relating to olfaction including the Biennial Scent Fair LA with Darin Klein and the annual Experimental Scent Summit with Klara Ravat. Current projects include a multi-year exploration of open source strategies in scent-making, a perfume garden servicing the Bell Homeless Shelter in Los Angeles, and an upcoming documentary about the relaunch of a historic perfume.