Wake Up Happy with the Smell-Based Alarm Clock by Guillaume Rolland

The world’s first olfactory alarm clock, invented to make your mornings happy thanks to your favorite scent!

What is really going on with EU fragrance

An excellent must-read nuanced critical article by Pia Long about the complex web of fragrance regulation, its intricacies and shortcomings, and why we should all care and learn more about it.

MoTheR dAda’s BlüTenzOrn | Kulturzentrum Karl der Grosse

On February 5, 1916, DADA was born in Zurich. On July 4, 2015, the exhibition Mother DADA’s Flower Rage celebrates DADA’s 99.58 birthday with text, pictures and installations by the artist Gabrielle von Bernstorff at the Charlemagne Cultural Center in Zurich. The exhibition will be inaugurated by Dr. Regula Stämpfli with a talk on flower speak on Saturday, July 4, 2015 at 16:00. The opening also includes music on a 13-string guitar from Luka Stamenkovic and voice paintings by Werner Handschin, amongst others.

Bottling the smell of dead people won’t capture their essence | The Guardian

Katie Puckrik | Comment is free

A company promises to provide ‘olfactory comfort’ by making a perfume from the distilled scent of our dearly departed. Could it catch on?

Wenn Düfte zu Farbklängen werden | Museum Villa Rot

The Ensemble for Experimental Music and Art / EMU works at the limits of art and science. For the exhibition There’s Something in the Air! – Scent in Art at Museum Villa Rot, they created When Scents Become Color Tonesa scent-sound performance-experience with synesthete artist Christine Söffing.

Registration requested / 10 € / 7 € reduced
(For more information, see the museum’s Events page or the event’s Facebook page.)

ODOU – Smell and Perfume Magazine | Indiegogo

ODOU reached its crowdfunding goal this afternoon on Indiegogo – issue four will be out in September. If you’d like to still help, you can head over to the Indiegogo page and get an early bird deal on issue four for £10 a copy.

Workshops –

In conjunction with the exhibition BILDTAKTIK in Dresden, Germany, a two-day workshop (June 26 – 27) is being offered on “The Vocabulary of Invisibility: Investigation and foray into the volatile world of smells”. (See link for more details.)

Workshops –

L’Art Olfactif Contemporain

A major new publication in French on contemporary olfactory art is out now from Classiques Garnier. The book gathers the input of experts from different disciplinary fields (philosophers, art historians, neurobiologists, artists, and perfumers) who examine the conditions behind the emergence of olfactory art and explore contemporary artistic practices founded on odor and perfume.

Here are the abstracts of some of the essays in the book:

Chantal Jaquet, « Introduction. Des objets à flairer à l’œuvre parfumée »
If the composition of perfume is not considered part of the beaux-arts, is it none- theless possible to conceive of an olfactory artistic creation which is appreciated by the public but independent of the use of fragrance for hygiene or seduction? The objective here is to analyse the emergence of the contemporary olfactory arts and the transition from Marcel Duchamps’ scent objects to the perfumed work of the monosensorial or polysensorial type.

Yoko Iwasaki, « La possibilité de la nouvelle reconnaissance de l’espace et l’art olfactif japonais »
The frequent recourse to smell in installations has prompted an examination of this type of contemporary art and an identification of its specificity. This article shows that installation is doubtless the form of expression most suited to an art based solely on perfume, and demonstrates the decisive role played by smell in the recognition of the space which lies at the heart of Japanese art.

Jim Drobnick, « Smell: the Hybrid Art »
Starting with the idea that olfactory art is necessarily hybrid, this articles focuses on contemporary plastic arts in the medium and explores its different facets, analysing the work of Oswaldo Macià, Leslie Hill, and Helen Paris in particular, as well as that of Brian Goeltzenleuchter

Boris Raux, « Mes chroniques olfactives »
Combining theoretical reflections with a presentation of his work, Boris Raux evokes his olfactory chronicles and the evolution of his work over the course of the past few years. He describes his artistic practices which play with the subversive, plastic powers of smell through performances and installations.

You can find a PDF of the table of contents on the Classiques Garnier site, and abstracts of the essays, as well as the full essay by Boris Raux, on his site (all in French).

Mapping Your City’s SmellsCityLab

Data scientists at the University of Cambridge explore how urban odors can guide better city design.

Anicka Yi: 7,070,430K of Digital Spit • Kunsthalle Basel

Yi now tackles the matter of forgetting by creating new work that refers to and takes up themes from her past production and incorporates an exhibition-specific smell—the scent of forgetting—which wafts through the galleries.

Opening: Thurs, June 11, 2015, 7 pm

Opening hours during Art Basel week (15-21.6.2015):
Mon-Tue, Thu-Sun 10 am – 8 pm
Wed 10 am – 10 pm