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SPUR and the California College of the Arts have designed “Urban Olfactory,” an immersive exhibit to transport you to special spaces and places in history. Some of the more daring and disturbing concoctions are urban pollution in San Francisco and a putrefaction  from distant Paris. While not all of the scents are offensive, however, the exhibit as a whole is not for the faint of heart. If you can’t get there, read more about it in this SF Weekly article.

Urban Olfactory is free and open to the public
January 30, 2014 to March 31, 2014

SPUR Urban Center Gallery
654 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA
 

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watchful scents

Most people buy watches for their flashy metal and leather or for following minutes and hours. And most people buy fragrances to suit an outfit or their persona.
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Designer Aisen Caro Chacin brings us one step closer to a New Age-y Jetsons world with “Scent Rhythm,” a watch that tracks time alongside circadian rhythms.

Every 6 hours or so, a scent is emitted to induce waking, activity, resting or sleep according to the time of day and the body’s needs at that time.

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iconic fragrances

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If you find yourself in the Los Angeles area, check out the exhibit “Timeless Scents,” curated by Chandler Burr. The exhibit celebrates a range of famous fragrances from the 14th to today. The interactive exhibit aims to engage your senses while taking you deeper into the annals of perfume history through the stories behind the scents.

“Timeless Scents” is free to the public now till December 22nd
Lovelace Studio Theater at The Wallis
9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd. (310) 746-4000

12 – 8p Tuesday – Saturday
12 – 7 p Sundays
closed Monday

olfactory architecture

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Don’t miss the California College of Arts scent event, Olfactory Archive: 1738 – 1969, an exhibit devoted to scent art in architectural history curated by  David Gissen and Irene Cheng. The opening reception will be held this Friday, October 11 at 7pm. The event and exhibits are free and open to the public. Artists represented include Aaron Betsky, Herzog and DeMeuron and Christophe Laudemiel.

Here’s look at the exhibit up close: Olfactory Archive

Olfactory Archive runs October 8 – 13, 2013
Nave
1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
415.703.9500

Paris beyond Proust

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The École National Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs has partnered with IFF on “Lost in Paris,” a multifaceted design exhibit commemorating the City of Lights. The show includes an olfactory piece on memory called “Outside Paris.”

“Lost in Paris” now until January 11, 2014
Le Lieu du Design at 74 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine

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fashion and scent, partners in ethereal design

For many years now, scent, has been used to manipulate consumers into increased purchasing. One has only to think of scent’s relationship to nostalgia to understand its special power to emotionally sway decisions. It’s about time that designers look to scent to innovate not only in marketing but branding. As a recent article in The Business of Fashion explains, fashion designers seem to understand better than most just how integral the ethereal senses of touch and smell are to the experience of a brand.

scent comedy

Marcel Duchamp would chuckle at the latest hijinks of Dutch art duo Lernert and Sander. Their perfume “Everything” is a stylized slop bucket of samples of each and every fragrance released in 2012. It’s available for sniffing at Colette in Paris but we wish it were being showcased at the BHV.Image