The latest episode (#523) of Monocle‘s Arts Review radio program is titled “Art: in bottles, on bumper cars and bringing midcentury New York to life“. And the first part of that title, “Art: in bottles,” refers to our favorite kind of art: olfactory art!
Olfactory art is becoming more, shall we say, visible. There’s Hugo Boss prize-winner Anicka Yi’s ‘Life is Cheap’, currently at the Guggenheim in New York, which integrates smell into complex conceptual installations. Or Peter de Cupere’s ‘Smoke Flowers’, a site-specific work that ran the opening week of the Venice Biennale. This art isn’t perfume, though perfumers may create it. As the discipline develops, questions about composition, categorisation and collection arise. Susan Stone met some in the olfactory art world recently in Berlin who are working on the answers. (5 minutes)
The story by Susan Stone features olfactory artist Maki Ueda, as well as Scent Art Net founder-director Ashraf Osman and advisors/associates Andreas Wilhelm and Saskia Wilson-Brown, founder-director of the Institute for Art and Olfaction and Art and Olfaction Awards.