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Animalic Roots
cultural production

Animalic Roots

We’ve all lost touch with our humanity; or so goes the post-truth pre-Trump ‘Instabook’ millennial thesis. This proposition has even been extended to perfumery, its primal communication finding affinity for some with the notion of the ‘noble savage’. The idea that a revival in animalics is caused by the attempted rejuvenation of feeling human in a digital age is very compelling but I do not believe it to be the stimulus of animalic themes in fragrance. Continue reading

The Phenomenon of Olfactory Time
academic publication / research

The Phenomenon of Olfactory Time

Perfume is a time art in the same way that film and music are time arts. In order to qualify as perfume or film or music, each must engage its medium with transitions, displacements, and modifications that indicate a debt with time. Without time’s passing, perfume would have no means to realise itself, leaving two options: either existing as unrealised potential on the skin (or bottle, or blotter) that never reaches the nose, or pervading as an omnipresent flat sensation that never changes. Transience, development, and diffusion are absolutely fundamental to the olfactory experience. Whilst perfume has to testify to time, what kind of time and how it does so is the subject of this discourse. Continue reading

OLFACTORY EXHIBITION #4: HOW DOES EVIL SMELL?
cultural production

OLFACTORY EXHIBITION #4: HOW DOES EVIL SMELL?

10. December 2016 – 22. January 2017 Kunstmuseum Thun / Projektraum Enter During the entire year, the question ‘How does art smell?’ was approached differently in the project room enter and presented in the experimental exhibition series Olfactory Exhibition. With works from the collection of the Kunstmuseum Thun, the series devoted itself to fragrance in … Continue reading

The Art and Olfaction Awards Announces Judges, Opens Submissions
announcement

The Art and Olfaction Awards Announces Judges, Opens Submissions

An international panel heralds an ongoing commitment to dialogue and community in global independent perfumery. Continuing its commitment to broadening global communication in our field, the Institute for Art and Olfaction (IAO) is delighted to announce that the fourth annual Art and Olfaction Awards (AOA) events will take place in Europe: the twenty-five shortlisted perfumes and projects will be … Continue reading

"It's in the Air!" Olfactory Art News
media coverage

"It's in the Air!" Olfactory Art News

The Geneva newspaper, Le Courrier, has published an article by Samuel Schellenberg on olfactory art, C’est dans l’air!, which features the Scent Culture Institute and our Kunstmuseum Thun series, as well as olfactory artist Peter de Cupere, Mike Bouche’s “The Zurich Load” at Manifesta 11, and Museum Tinguely‘s “Belle Haleine: The Scent of Art“. The article comes with a companion piece, «Une … Continue reading