“Smelling good is a sign of being good. It is said that ‘we are what we eat’—but it is also true that we are what we smell like: fragrant or foul, good or bad. ” – Antony Synnott
“Duft (i.S.v. Parfum) ist nichts und kann deshalb alles werden.” – CHRISTIAN JANECKE
“Wherever I create something I like, I can be sure that it is too far out.” – ANDREAS WILHELM
“Perfume plays a social role in that it effects a unique synthesis of individual egoistical and social purposes in the field of the sense of smell.” – GEORG SIMMEL
“As a perfumer I am the car. The FDM is the driver.” – Andreas Wilhelm
“There are strong perfumes for which all matter is porous. One would say they go through glass…” — CHARLES BAUDELAIRE
There is a long lasting history of dealing with scent in pop music. More recently, Jeans for Jesus, a widely known player in the local pop music scene in Switzerland, made an interesting move:
Visual representations of smell are one of the core themes of our presence on Instagram: Wheel, circle, and pie have recently appeared as recurring and influential visual metaphors. The fragrance wheel created by Michael Edwards is perhaps the most prominent example these days. But the history of visualizations demonstrates that...
“We live in an age of ephemerality: The point for me is to expect everything else to become like perfume” – BRIAN ENO
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.”
In a recent interview with the Swiss-German daily newspaper Bund published in Bern Claus Noppeney talks about the role of scent in contemporary culture and society: “Scent control is a challenge“.
Do you remember the commercials that promote deodorants and openly appeal to sexist phantasies? Women are drawn in hordes to any male who has sprayed himself liberally with the deodorant – the “Axe effect”. The commercials have been known as the world’s sexist advertising campaign for many years.
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Ibrahim’s perfume stall in a Jordanian camp hosting Syrian refugees represents more than a business. It is also a small step towards building a community rooted in hope. We would like to learn more about Ibrahim’s endeavour. Please let him know!