Michael Müller, best known as a sculptor, shows in his recent exhibition at the Berlin based gallery Thomas Schulte a series of small sculptures taking the form of perfumes, soaps etc. The perfume contains a drop of the artist’s sweat as Michael Müller remarks in an interview:
Have you ever noticed how your headphones smell? Do you expect a review of headphones talking about the olfactory qualities of the product? The recent review by Wired demonstrates the necessity of a multisensory product design:
Food odors frequently provoke and trigger public debate on olfactory tolerance. There is a current case on food odors in Italy.
The Times recently reported that a schoolgirl died after being overcome by fumes from her deodorant while on a family holiday:
Wool-blend tees are promoted for keeping your outdoor stink-free as Wired reported:
A feature on some recent developments with respect to scent culture appeared in The Guardian on 16 September 2016: “technology addiction makes us crave smells”.
Scents and in particular fragrances are often discussed as enjoable and pleasurable experiences. Thus this recent scholarly book deserves a closer look when discussing Huxley’s feelies or James Joyce and the scent of modernity.
Scent has so far remained largely sidelined into the context of the eighteenth-century novel. Reading Smell by Emily Friedman and published in 2016 provides models for how to incorporate olfactory knowledge into new readings of the literary form central to our understanding of the eighteenth century and modernity in general: the novel.
In 2010, Andy Tauer reflected on his observations as a perfumer and initiated perfumism.com.
Christophe Laudamiel once again shakes the industry and the field as a whole:
The air freshener Little Tree epitomizes the state of contemporary scent culture. This might sound provocative.