Origins of Scent Culture Institute

Scent Culture Institute originates from the two research projects „Wissensduft“ (2010-2013) and „New Scents in Action“ (2014-2018) funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and based at Bern University of the Arts and the Business Department at Bern University of Applied Sciences. Thus, the projects capitalize on the interdisciplinary collaboration between management and design research, cultural studies as well as business, artistic and design practice. Claus Noppeney and Nada Endrissat have primarily developed and worked on these projects. Robert Lzicar used his background in communication design to contribute visual analyses and a design research perspective to the project.

Bern Biannial as Incubator

Scent Culture Institute was then created in the context of Bern Biennial 2014.  Claus Noppeney, Marta Kwiatkowski, Ashraf Osman and Andreas Wilhelm used Scent Culture Institute as an artistic label for performing the Bern Urban Scent Walks – for more information on the people involved. Hence, it was primarily Claus Noppeney and Ashraf Osman who took the work further: delivering talks, running workshops and writing articles.

Scent Culture Institute moving on …

Following the first activities friendships and cooperations with numerous people and institutions in Switzerland as well as abroad developed. Since 2015, the Swiss based initiative has been partnering with the Institute for Art and Olfaction in Los Angeles. In 2016, the Kunstmuseum Thun cooperated with Scent Culture Institute on a re-examination of the collection of the museum through the curatorial lens of scent. In this context, Ashraf Osman co-curated a series of olfactory exhibitions. Since 2017, Ashraf Osman continues his work under ScentArt.Net. More recently, new people joined and a new visual identity & internet presence was created. One of the next steps is the Scent Culture Initiative for local action in Switzerland: topical, experimental & inspiring. More changes will follow.

We continue our work in flux…

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