Fleeting class distinctions

“Every human nose instantly smells the subtle scent of independence, the habit of command, the habit of always choosing the best of everything for oneself, the whiff of misanthropy, and the unwavering sense of responsibility that goes with power, that rises up, in short, from a large and secure income....

Cognitive impotence

“If olfaction were his most important sense, man’s linguistic incapacity to describe olfactory sensations would turn him into a creature tied to his environment. Because they are ephemeral, olfactory sensations can never provide a persistent stimulus of thought. Thus the development of the sense of smell seems to be inversely...

Ambient scent!

“In social organizations smell is a rich unconscious background to everything else.” – OLIVER SACKS

“The future will be like perfume”

Brian Eno altered the course of both pop and experimental music. He is now 70 years old. After leaving Roxy Music in 1973, he went on to become one of the most widely extolled producers of the late 20th century. He’s also become a legendary solo artist in his own right...

Ephemeral strength

“There are strong perfumes for which all matter is porous. One would say they go through glass…” — CHARLES BAUDELAIRE

Fragrant future

“We live in an age of ephemerality: The point for me is to expect everything else to become like perfume” – BRIAN ENO

Fragrant wizard

“Smell is a potent wizard that transports you across thousands of miles and all the years you have lived.” – HELEN KELLER

Ephemeral materialities

SCI is happy to invite you to EPHEMERAL MATERIALITIES: Scent in Swiss Art – 3 Positions, an exhibit of olfactory art curated by Ashraf Osman at the ArtContainer in Zurich​.

Matter!

“Smell is a quality not to be separated from matter.” – IVAN VAN BLOCH

Anna-Sabina Zürrer & The Search for the Essence

The newest (April) issue of the main Swiss art monthly publication, Kunstbulletin, features an article on Swiss artist, Anna-Sabina Zürrer, titled “Die Suche nach der Essenz” (The Search for the Essence) written by SCI’s Claus Noppeney and Ashraf Osman.

Scent in New Materialism

New Materialism is a growing movement rooted in neo-disciplines such as gender studies or science & technology studies. It challenges contemporary discourse as Karen Barad points out: “Language matters. Discourse matters. Culture matters. There is an important sense in which the only thing that does not seem to matter anymore...

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