Collector at Art Basel: “You have buried the smell of the oilstick…”

In today’s art world the sensorium is focused on the visual. A closer look however reveals that the sense of smell should no longer be neglected. Here is an ethnographic story from hanging out with art collectors at a recent edition of Art Basel that might be more telling and revealing than any systematic survey.

Collector at Art Basel: “You have buried the smell of the oilstick…”

Exploring New Odors of Tobacco Consumption

The smell of cigarette smoke including the breath odor of smokers has often been described as a pressing issue in today’s world of work. In fact, it is the smell of smoking that marginalizes smokers at the workplace. They are often excluded from informal exchanges and target of workplace bullying and mobbing. In extreme cases they even lose their job because of their smoking habit. This threat is particularly relevant for service workers that work in physical proximity to their clients (e.g. healthcare sector). Exploring New Odors of Tobacco Consumption