Smell in design

“The focus on smell in design does not mean the addition of applied scent to all aspects of the design, but rather the awareness of smell as an inherent dimension of it … This awareness may lead to the realization that the appropriate solution is the removal or masking of...

Disorder of things

“The specific problem with the olfactory in this respect is that its linguistic structure of reference always throws us back into the disorder of things.” – HANS RINDISBACHER

Düfte plaudern lassen: Rückblick auf Duft – & Literaturfestival in Solothurn

Wenn Düfte erzählen hiess es vom 26. Mai bis zum 2. Juni 2019 in Solothurn. Im Rahmen des Schweizerischen Nationalfonds Agora Projekts Smelling more, smelling differently an der Berner Fachhochschule gab es eine Eventreihe mit mehreren hundert Besuchern, die als innovatives Duft- und Literaturfestival in die Annalen geht: interaktiv, partizipativ & performativ....

Workshop on the mediality of the lower senses at Leuphana University

“Making Sense(s): Die Medialität der Nahsinne” is the title of the upcoming workshop the Center for Digital Cultures at Leuphana hosts on the mediality of the lower senses. The event brings together an indisciplinary and international group of scholars working on the sense of smell, touch and taste.  The workshop...

Patrick Süskind at 70

The history of the emergent field of scent culture has not been written yet. We are still in the midst of creating and shaping this new field. In terms of books that made all this possible very few books stand out. Patrick Süskind’s novel “The perfume” has been a point...

Smell in design

“One simply cannot turn up one’s nose these days at the role of scent in design.” – ASHRAF OSMAN, CLAUS NOPPENEY & NADA ENDRISSAT

The factory as an attractive multisensory workspace

“The results of this study cast serious doubt on the ideology of the machine-haters. Even in the American automobile industry, where technology is allegedly most dehumanizing, workers expected satisfaction in their work. The situation differed little in the less industrial countries; autoworkers preferred working to leisure, not out of a...

Being good!

“Smelling good is a sign of being good. It is said that ‘we are what we eat’—but it is also true that we are what we smell like: fragrant or foul, good or bad.  ” – Antony Synnott

Existential

“Whereas with other senses we make a conscious decision to look, listen, taste or touch, with smell it is often just an inherent aspect of existence — if you’re breathing, you’re smelling.” — Brian Goeltzenleuchter

Identity

“It is said that ‘we are what we eat’—but it is also true that we are what we smell like: fragrant or foul, good or bad.”  – Antony Synnott

Truth

“Fragrance is truth, and truth fragrance” – Antony Synnott paraphrasing John Keats

Fragrant Christmas!

Oranges are native to China. In the late Middle Ages they were new to Europe. Andrea Mantegna was clearly aware of orange trees and their beautiful golden fruit when he created this fragrant image of the Holy Night, the Adoration of the Shepherds: The scene is set in an open...