“I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell the scent in your solemn assemblies. Though ye offer Me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them; neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts. Take thou away from Me the noise of thy songs, for I will not hear the melody of thy viols.” – AMOS

“It is easier to make an airport tunnel smell like real jasmine than to use pictures, a video, or a trompe l’oeil to make people believe that they are walking through a real jasmine plantation in that tunnel.” – CHRISTOPHE LAUDAMIEL

At the beginning was actually not the Verb, but the Scent: for chemical detection was the communication tool used by the first bacteria appearing on earth, for food and reproduction.” –


“Smell is, with its storing and retrieving characteristics, an associative and expansive rather than an distributive and limiting sensory mode. The lack of terminological paradigms as they exist for colors necessitates linguistic detour through the metaphoric, that is a breach of reference level in the text each time we attempt to describe smells adjectivally. The same holds true for the common reference to smells in terms of their origins. “It smells like” or “the smell of” expresses relations of combination and contiguity rather than of selection and similarity. These two points may serve as a preliminary explanation of why the sense of smell is so often considered the most apt to trigger memory. Its very linguistic structure brings up an Other, a reference to the outside.” – HANS RINDISBACHER