Exploring silenced olfactory territories

Mike Bouche’s The Zurich Load at Manifesta 11 demonstrated the provocative potential of the tons of daily sludge that are flushed out of sight on toilets everyday. The next event of our Zurich based Scent Culture Initiative aims at public bathrooms and toilets as olfactory territories. Join us!

Multi-sensory innovation in management education

Working with the business world is a way to show the impact of research. It has been our ambition to make scent culture research relevant for business from the outset. This post features a few milestones (i.e. industry workshops, management education) demonstrating how this is going forward. 

“We thought it necessary to begin with the sense of smell, because of all the senses it is the one which appears to contribute least to the knowledge of the human mind.” – Etienne Bonnot de Condillac (1714-1780)

Seasonal Greetings!

“B. O.” is the indispensable Other of the perfume and fragrance industry, despised and feared at the same time; to be eradicated, yet its raison d’etre. – Hans Rindisbacher

“The Art of Scent” 3.0 at Dubai

“The Art of Scent” curated by Chandler Burr at the Museum of Art & Design in New York in 2012 has been a major milestone in the recent history of scent culture. In an interview during the exhibition with Artforum Chandler Burr referred even to  perfume (!) “as an artistic...

Smelling digital culture

Digital culture seems to epitomize a scentfree world. Information technologies are clean. The sense of smell seems to be the outsider of a digital world. Isn’t this part of the story we tell about progress and a postindustrial society?

Inspiring, translating, enhancing: Scent in creative practices

How can a scent be translated? How can a scent enhance creative practices? How can scents inspire creative practices? These questions guided an experimental course on scent/smell at Berlin University of the Arts in Berlin and one of the largest institutions of higher art & design education in Europe. The course offered...

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