DAS RHEIN RAUSCHEN: Ines Lechleitner / Andreas Wilhelm

Solo exhibition by Ines Lechleitner / Scent in collaboration with Andreas Wilhelm
Curated by Emilie Bruner at Villa Renata in Basel, Switzerland (Nov – Dec 2016)

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Dialogue of the senses and nonverbal communication being core subjects in her artistic practice, the artist Ines Lechleitner started her research for a river perfume based on the river Rhine in Basel for her solo exhibition “Das Rhein Rauschen” curated by Emilie Bruner.

The exhibition explored what it means ‘to be in the river’, following the German expression ‘im Fluss sein’ which simply means being in the river but equally stands for fully participating in the flow of life. It displayed the scope of Ines Lechleitner´s multidisciplinary practice in photography, video, drawing, sculpture, sound, smell and performance. The elements of the exhibition constituted the base for the scent Das Rhein Rauschen which was developed with the Zürich based perfumer Andreas Wilhelm. The fragrance follows the riverbed and its sediments through a natural print of the Rhine filtered by a Minke whale and recalls its fast flowing, glittering surface reflected in the voice of Alessandra Eramo. When the analogy is made between a river and a perfume ones body becomes the shore holding out a river’s arm and the sound of the rushing waters can turn into the memory of rolling in wet grass.

The fragrance was part of the exhibition, is now available in a 50ml flacon and part of the artist edition box as a 10ml river-roll-on.

For more info: www.ineslechleitner.com

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Bill Gates on the “Smells of Success”

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“I recently traveled to Switzerland to take a giant whiff of pit latrine odor. What I inhaled was a strong kick to the nostrils, a potent combination of sewage stink, barnyard sweat, and bitter ammonia topped off with vomit (or was it Parmesan cheese?). The stench was foul and made me wince.

Fortunately, I also got to smell something much fresher and more pleasing during my trip. I took the first sniffs of a future of odor-free toilets and better sanitation for all.

These olfactory revelations occurred during my tour of Firmenich, a family-owned fragrance and flavor company based in Geneva. The 120-year-old firm is known for crafting some of the world’s best-known fragrances and enhancing the flavors of beverages and foods. But it is also one of our foundation’s newest partners in the effort to improve sanitation in the world’s poorest countries.”

Read more at: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/smells-success-bill-gates