Countdown…

In the context of our ethnographic research projects we learnt to explore scent as a creative way of life. We actually learnt this from people in the field. In particular, we learnt this from Christophe Laudamiel, a very special scent maverick whom we have been happy to follow (as an...

A new book for the curious…

Different types of books contribute to the field of scent culture: coffee table books, scholarly books, perfume guides and many more. This book is different. It is original in its approach, writing and design: Nose Dive by Catherine Haley Epstein.

“A stench beyond experience”

27 January is the day for everyone to remember the millions of people killed in the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur. The Holocaust Memorial Day 2020 marks 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. On this day I take the liberty to...

Perfumer

“A perfumer is someone who masters the behaviour and the perception of volatile molecules by the nose and the brain.” – CHRISTOPHE LAUDAMIEL

Düfte plaudern lassen: Rückblick auf Duft – & Literaturfestival in Solothurn

Wenn Düfte erzählen hiess es vom 26. Mai bis zum 2. Juni 2019 in Solothurn. Im Rahmen des Schweizerischen Nationalfonds Agora Projekts Smelling more, smelling differently an der Berner Fachhochschule gab es eine Eventreihe mit mehreren hundert Besuchern, die als innovatives Duft- und Literaturfestival in die Annalen geht: interaktiv, partizipativ & performativ....

Patrick Süskind at 70

The history of the emergent field of scent culture has not been written yet. We are still in the midst of creating and shaping this new field. In terms of books that made all this possible very few books stand out. Patrick Süskind’s novel “The perfume” has been a point...

Re-awakening the Magic

“The Perfumative. Perfume in Art and Design” was the title of an international conference at Zurich University of the Arts (8-10 November 2018). The conference seeked to open up a dialogue between perfumers, researchers, designers, and artists.

“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...

Simulation

“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

Surprises

“There is no wonder for those who can not be surprised.” –  MARIE von EBNER-ESCHENBACH

Perfumery

“Perfumers actually compound music: perfumery is to olfaction what music is to hearing and painting to sight.” – CHRISTOPHE LAUDAMIEL

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