Portraiture is known as a visual art genre. Yet, working with body odors has given rise to artistic works that explore new sensory territories. A lecture with Claus Noppeney at Columbia College in Chicago discussed this development: Can a smell represent a person? How is an olfactory portrait experienced in an art space? How relevant is the process? …
The Smell Memory Kit is a tool to capture moments of your life developed by the concept store and manufacturer Supersense in Vienna.
The exhibition ‘The Smell Of War’ is divided into two parts. The main part consists of works by international ‘olfactory (smell) artists who use scent as a medium. A second component includes base the (gas) mask as a protective agent against gas attacks but also stopping odors, i.e. the non-smelling.
In the context of upcoming research on the sense of smell in contemporary art practice, Ashraf Osman recently conducted interviews with two key players in the realm: Brian Goeltzenleuchter, an artist based in San Diego, CA, and Robert Blackson, a curator based in Philadelphia, PA. The interviews focused on the norms, processes, and institutions that promote or hinder the use of the sense of smell in art.