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Olfactory Art week in London
Subject: Olfactory Art week in London
Send date: 2018-04-18 00:33:31
Issue #: 30


1 SMOKE FLOWERS nominated for the 2018 Art and Olfaction Awards 

Smoke-Flower-008--Peter-de-Cupere-2017With the work Smoke Flowers Peter de Cupere made once more a statement to the society.

Moved by the abusive impact that modern industry and contemporary lifestyles have on nature's purity, the artist has managed to conjure real flowers to regurgitate the fumes of industrial pollution.


In Smoke Flowers, artist Peter de Cupere lets big and small flowers take revenge on the human population by regurgitating industrial air pollution. It is not what one would expect from the sight of these delicate flowers. The fragrance of the polluted air was created by the IFF Research lab, Bernardo Fleming, Meahb Mc Curtin, Laura French, Gregoire Hausson, Marine Hetheier

The work criticizes our social attitude towards the urban and industrial pollution. It beseeches us to reflect on air pollution for not only do we as people suffer from it, but nature too is a victim.

Smoke Flowers was exhibited during the opening week of the Venice Biennial 2017 at Gardens of Spazio Thetis in the Arsenale, Venice, IT

The fifth annual Art and Olfaction Awards events will take place in a public ceremony at The Tabernacle in London on April 21. Each Art and Olfaction Award winner will receive The Golden Pear.


Lecture at the Experimental Scent Summit, London


The power of Scent. Scent in Context by Peter de Cupere
Olfactory artist Peter de Cupere talks about how olfaction can be used to add context and/or be the context of the work of art. In his PhD he researches the impact of smell and how this is generated. Smell is a powerful sense that offers many possibilities. By combining odors with another sensory organ, such as the visual, an interaction is created to give both senses a greater impact. The context of an odor or image can also change by cross-over with a different sense.
In his lecture Peter de Cupere shares some works to illustrate possible uses of fragrances. How they are perceived and how they have impact on the spectators and media. He concludes with some of his methodology and ideas to create olfactory art.

The Institute of Art and Olfaction organizes for the second year the annual Experimental Scent Summit, where over the course of two full days attendees will share an exciting schedule of talks, round tables, breakout discussions and workshops relating to experimental practices with scent. It is organised and curated by The Institute of Art and Olfaction from L.A., Saskia Wilson-Brown and co-curated by·Klara Ravat.

Dates: 18-19.04.2018
 Location: The Swedenborg Society, London

More info and line up of lectures and workshops:·http://www.artandolfactionawards.org/summit/

Featured Olfactory Work of Art

Scents of Conditions

Scents of Conditions / Olfactory Art

Scents of Conditions consists of three benches.

Through a series of delicate mechanisms created by the artist, each of these three benches envelopes the unsuspecting visitor that takes a seat with the scent of a particular condition accompanied by smoke.

The smoke is vapor-based and is not toxic nor harmful in any way.

Scents of Conditions, Smoke Bench from Peter De Cupere on Vimeo.

The first bench, made of wood, gives off the scent of unadulterated nature comprised of notes of grass, wood and flowers. This is inspired by De Cupere's nostalgia of a time when one could easily access a far less polluted nature than what those inhabiting urban spaces typically experience nowadays. De Cupere hopes that the smell will inspire garden-goers to linger in its smoky aura evocative of morning dew in a pastoral landscape, and perhaps relive bucolic memories of their own. The work inspires a kind of personal 'reset' by allowing visitors to, in a Proustian fashion, not simply remember but also re-experience pleasurable moments of their life linked with close experiences of nature.

The second bench - made from stone - exhausts fumes of industrial pollution. This bench presents a stark juxtaposition to the delicate setting of a Venetian garden, stirring an immediate and visceral reaction to an urgent matter.

The final bench is white and surrounds the unsuspecting visitor in a cloud of smell commonly associated with human bodies that have only recently lost life. De Cupere has recreated the scent of death precisely for its emotional potency and the profound effect it has on those present. Amidst the hyperactivity that characterizes contemporary urban life, the phenomenon of death - that perhaps most radically and essentially defines our condition - is often excluded from matters of quotidian importance.


BOOK, 20 years working with scents


472 pages, 3KG, > 1500 Photos, 22 Scratch & Sniff images, 5 cm thick, more than 700 works of art!

Texts by Peter de Cupere, Caro Verbeek (Odorama & Rijksmuseum Amsterdam), Ashraf Osman (The Scent Culture Institute), Willem Elias ( Prof. Culture Philosophy, President of the HISK), Hsuan L. Hsu (Prof. English Univeristy of California, Davis), Koan Jeff Baysa ( curator Institute Art & Olfaction, L.A.), Ruth Renders (Art Critic Specialised in Art and Film studies)

Published by Stockmans Publishers

Order via: www.stockmansartbooks.be

More info: www.scentincontext.com

Editions in combination with the book


More info: www.stockmansartbooks.be/nl/tags/peter-de-cupere/

The Man With His Nose on His Hat Smelling Air Pollution, 2015 - 2017



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