Artemisia, Absinthe & the Green Fairy


Bibi Bigler Parfums’ Parfum Bar cordially invites you to its next scent apéro on Saturday, September 24, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, at the Zurich Botanical Garden. The topic is Artemisia – Absinthe – The Green Fairy.

We will meet at the terrace of the cafeteria. We’ll look first at the Artemisia plants in the garden, and then head over to Villa Rainhof  (Zollikerstrasse 137, 8008 Zurich), where various Artemisia fragrances are available for smelling. We’ll present our “Green Fairy” fragrance composition and then you have the opportunity to sample absinthe-liqueurs, Génépi Spirits and of course the Forbidden Green Fairy from the Val-de-Travers.

Admission is free, cash to cover expenses.

Please register via email at or Tel. 079 824 05 42.

Pitti Fragranze N.14

OPENING TOMORROW IN FLORENCE!  This edition’s theme, Numbers & Flowers, is a truly fragrant “winning” combination, and there will be a series of projects and talk-events focusing on the “current state of olfactory art”


From Friday 9 to Sunday 11 September 2016, Pitti Immagine will present Pitti Fragranze, the fair-event that showcases the world’s finest artistic perfumery.

Fragranze, held in the Stazione Leopolda, is the outstanding observatory that offers a full view of the world of scents: the most exclusive essences with their finest artisan quality, the latest in beauty and wellness products, as well as cosmetics and sophisticated accessories made by more than 270 of the world’s best names in the industry.

Every year in September, the greatest names and the world’s most prestigious noses gather in Florence to discuss the latest developments on the olfactory scene and the myriad links between fragrances and contemporary lifestyles.

NUMBERS & FLOWERS, the new setting

If the language of numbers is one of the “codes” of the world of scents, the floral components play an essential role in creating a fragrance. At this edition of the fair, we shall be looking at the world as if it were a fragrant combination of flowers and numbers. Tying in with Pitti Lucky Numbers, the theme of the Pitti Immagine summer trade fairs, the new layout will make the abstract comprehensible and give form to the invisible, working on the concept that with the right numerical proportions an organic material can produce impalpable sensations. The Stazione Leopolda will blossom with flowers and numbers – with the fragrances immersed in a garden of symbols and graphics –  in the new layout designed by Alessandro Moradei.

More info at:

SEX SMELLS: Body & Smell in the 21st Century

A new exhibition at Kunstverein Wolfsburg in Germany
Duration: 02.09 – 06.11.2016
Artists: Julia Barbee, Peter de Cupere, Sarah Schoenfeld, Clara Ursitti
Curator: Jennifer Bork

Screenshot 2016-09-06 15.13.55

More info (in German) at:

ANTIPARFUM + «Dummes Holz»

As part of Every Contact Leaves a Trace, the Bachelor and Master Exhibition for Institut Kunst HGK FHNW, artist Maeva Rosset is presenting a creation, in collaboration with perfumer Giovanni SammarcoANTIPARFUM: An Olfactive Translation of an Artistic Practice. What do researches, thoughts, and reflections smell like? You can see and read more about it here.


The exhibition will be at two venues, opening Thu. Sep. 1, 2016:
Kaskadenkondensator from 6pm
Kunsthalle Basel from 8pm


For the Kunsthalle exhibition, Rosset will also present her new sculptural series: «Dummes Holz». Rosset & Sammarco also created a particular perfume for the sculptures inspired by the taste of blood.





Osmodrama Festival for Olfactory Art

The first festival for olfactory art in Berlin, from 15th July until 18th September.



With the scent organ Smeller 2.0 developed by Wolfgang Georgsdorf, olfactory narratives can be performed as standalones, as music with smells, as films to smell and as books to smell. With Edgar Reitz, Omer Fast, Eva Mattes, and many more.

More info at:

Elodie Pong: “Paradise Paradoxe”

A fragrant exhibition at Helmhaus Zürich
11 March – 8 May 2016 

You can close your eyes but you can’t turn off your nose. Elodie Pong, video and installation artist from Zurich, investigates the invisible olfactory architecture that surrounds us as the point of departure for her solo exhibition at Helmhaus Zürich. Visitors encounter plants that ripened in a 3-D printer, a robot that hurls the names of perfumes at the wall – and a fragrance that has never been smelled before (White, developed in collaboration with Roman Kaiser of Givaudan).

You can find more information (in German) here, or in English (as PDF).

And if you’re in Zurich, please join us tomorrow for the first meet-up of the Scent Culture Club (SCC) at the Karl der Grosse Center in the heart of the city (right across from Grossmünster)!


Madrid MDCXXXV (1635) at Lope de Vega’s Home-Museum

Carlos Ramírez-Pantanella is a Spanish architect and artist who has recently produced Madrid MDCXXXV (1635), an olfactory installation at Lope de Vega’s Home-Museum in Madrid. The installation attempts to reconstruct the olfactory atmosphere of Spanish Golden Century, and can be visited until next Sunday, from 10AM to 6pm in Madrid (entry is free).


You can find more information about it (in Spanish) at the museum’s website:
And there are some wonderful picture of it on Flickr:

Odorama // Do you smell blue?

Smelling color and dancing to scents.
Explore the wondrous world of synesthesia.

Whether derived from nature, or chemically constructed, odourant molecules have the ability to profoundly effect our behaviour, emotions and associations. Tonight we will explore the wondrous world of synesthesia. A neurological phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway (sight) leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway (smell).


Thursday 11 February
Food at 18:00, talks begin at 20:00
Pre-sale €7,50 / Door €10,- / Students €5,-

This evening is co-organized with Odorama curator Caro Verbeek

// Speakers
Dr. Cretien van Campen – synesthesia expert
Dr. Laura Speed – MA Radboud Universiteit
Amy Toner – choreographer
+ scents by music-smell ‘synesthica’ Dana el Masri

// Information
Mediamatic Biotoop,
Dijkspark 6, 1019 BS, Amsterdam

“The Masticator” by Eric Vrymoed at the IAO

The Masticator
An installation by Eric Vrymoed
The Institute for Art and Olfaction Project Space

On view: January 9 to February 5, 2016


The Institute for Art and Olfaction (IAO) is pleased to present The Masticator – an on-site installation by artist Eric Vrymoed.

For this current project, Vrymoed focuses on ideas around mastication: the frenzy, the consumption, the obsessive. Utilizing sound, scent, and everyday objects, he provokes a disorientation of the senses. Through his use of materials, Vrymoed highlights the connection between it’s destruction and corporeal repurposing.

He invites the viewer to contemplate the absurdity of the labor composed before them; the pounds of gum chewed; the termites corralled – ultimately exploring the alchemical translation of substance though physical consumption and transformation. But, always, with a wink a nod.

Read more at the IAO’s website: