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:
“The idea was to create simple still lives looking at the memory and history of different perfumes and creating a narrative to describe their smell through vessels, subtle textures and the balance of notes.”
The trade fair Esxence can truly be considered as a field configuring event for niche perfumery. In 2017, the record number of 207 brands were present at the fair. However only 3 brands have continuously participated in the fair from its very beginning in 2009.
“We can smell only what is in the process of wasting away…” — G.W.F. HEGEL,
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:
“As for the tempting delight of sweet smells, I am not too much taken with it. When I miss them, I do not seek them; when I may have them, I do not refuse them: yet also ready always to be without them.” – AUGUSTINE (354-430)
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:
Studio Folie is an olfactive design studio founded by Kaya Sorhaindo. It is known for projects that inscribe new meaning long associated with classical perfumery such as Le Cinema Olfactif .
Artist and writer Catherine Haley Epstein, provides an overview on the role of scent in contemporary art on Temporary Art Review. What is interesting is the broader storyline:
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...
In 2010, Andy Tauer reflected on his observations as a perfumer and initiated perfumism.com.