Invisible Architecture: Scent Orientation


The Bern University of Arts is offering this fall a course under its Signaletik – Environmental Communication Design program titled Invisible Architecture: Scent OrientationThe course is lead by perfumer Vero Kern and Jean Odermatt, sociologist and communications designer.

The course aims to examine the effect of scents on the people scientifically as well as explore the applications and modes of operation of scents in our everyday and public life. It is comprised of four modules:

  1. Overview: “I smell, therefore I am” (2 days)
  2. “Scents Lab” (1 day)
  3. “Olfactory visualization” (1 day)
  4. “Olfactory Tasting” (2 days)

The course takes place from 23 September till 22 October 2016; the registration deadline is 23 August 2016. It costs CHF 1,750.- (plus 100.- VAT registration) and offers 4 credits.

For more info (in German) please see:

“The Smell of Loss” – NY Times


“THE first time it happens is a dark winter’s afternoon, not quite a year after her death. I’m at my desk working, and there it suddenly is: sharp, glassy-green, with that faint, musky undertone that catches at the back of your throat.

I recognize it instantly: the scent that hung in our hall every time she came to supper. The perfume that clung to her coat, her scarves, detectable sometimes for hours on my babies’ hair after she’d been carrying and kissing them.

That first time, it’s a shock. Her perfume is something I’ve long forgotten (in her final months, mostly bedridden, she was beyond all that). But here it is — absolute and definite and quite overpowering. It lasts for three, maybe four minutes, long enough for me to get up and start searching the room for its source (my daughter, Chloë, has a few of her cardigans — did she leave one in here?).

Then, just as suddenly, it’s gone…”

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New York’s Smell Dating

“The first mail odor dating service.”


“Love at first whiff is the idea behind Smell Dating, a New York matchmaking service that promises to help single people sniff out their perfect match by breathing in the odors from dirty T-shirts.

Artist Tega Brain, who teaches at New York’s School for Poetic Computation, and Sam Lavigne, an editor and researcher at New York University, created Smell Dating, which they describe as an art project.

Each of its first 100 clients received a T-shirt to wear for three days straight without bathing. The clients then mailed the T-shirts back to Brain and Lavigne’s “Sweat Shop” at NYU, where they were cut into swatches. Smell Dating then sent batches of 10 mixed swatches back to the clients to sniff this week.

A match will be made if one client likes the scent of another and the olfactory attraction is mutual…”

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“Collected Smells” by Smell Lab

Collected Smells is the first installation produced by the Smell Lab.
The work consists of several smells gathered during the Smell Lab’s meetings and derived from various locations in Berlin-Neukölln. The installation is made up of sheets of cloth imbued with scents from our surroundings, for example – the water, the soil, cigarette smoke…

The work is the culmination of the lab’s explorations and is the first in a series of future projects.

This event was part of the transmediale/CTM Vorspiel 2016 festival.

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Art Sense(s) Lab English Master


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The Fine Arts department University College PXL-MAD Hasselt offers ‘Art Sense(s) Lab’: an artistic, academic English Master programme in Visual Arts (one year – 60 ECTS). The course revolves around experimentation and research, for which thinking and doing are in constant interaction. The increase of interest in the use of the senses smell, taste and touch within the world of fine arts offers an inspiring starting point which is constantly questioned in order to develop a critical attitude towards how senses may add context to artistic work or be the context of the artwork.

The master programme consists of two major components: Artistic Studio Practice and the Master Seminar Series Art Sense(s) Lab.

Master students are free to work around one or more senses. Depending on their interest they can focus on smell, taste or touch. But also crossovers between these senses or in combination with seeing and/or hearing are possible.
There can also be cross-overs or combinations in the way of expressing, translating the use of senses with various art forms like painting, sculpture, ceramics, glass works, printmaking, time-based art, new media and video-installations.
The international well-known olfactory artist tutor of the English Master Art Sense(s) Lab is Peter de Cupere.  He works with a team of professional artists and academics to support the students in their development.

For more detailed information, please download our information brochure, or click here for the link to the website.
For more information about Peter de Cupere click here.

“Dig in! – Scent and Art”

Currently at KVD Gallery:

“Es ist angerichtet! – der Geruch und die Kunst”
(“Dig in! – Scent and Art”)
An exhibition by Camilla Nicklaus-Maurer

Exhibition period: 31.03-24.04.2016
Address: Pfarrstr.13, 85221 Dachau, Germany

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The meal is served, but it remains invisible. Artist Camilla Nicklaus-Maurer presents 13 odors under glass domes waiting to reveal to the viewer their little secrets. This is the essence of work from the past ten years as well as three new concepts. Thus, on the one hand, the works of art serve the purpose of memory, which is the genuine property of smell. On the other, they giving a glimpse into the future.

The Süddeutsche Zeitung had a review (in German) of the exhibition:

Finissage: Sun. 24.04.2016 at 17:00, with a catalog presentation and a conversation with the curator, Prof. Dr. Florian Matzner.

The artist will be present during the exhibition period on Sundays. You can pre-order of catalog (in German and English, ISBN 978-3-00-052163-8) directly from her.