san francisco smells


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

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.

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.


iconic fragrances


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


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
1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

drunken art

ImageImageBelgian scent artist Peter de Cupere has been busy. His current installations at Middle Gate Geel ’13 “Wine Table” and “Drunken” invites spectators to explore the connections between religion and emotion in outsider art. The smell component is, as one would expect, the smells of the alcohol transposed into the body of the artist.

This image of the stereo sound odor device gives some clues about what Peter might be developing in a future project.

“Drunken” is ongoing until December 22, 2013

Fri, Sat, Sun  10:00 tot 17:00 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu closed)

De Halle, Markt 1 – 2440 Geel
Gasthuismuseum, Gasthuismuseum 1 – 2440 Geel
St. Dimpnakerk, Sint Dimpnaplein – 2440 Geel
Kunsthuis Yellow Art, Pas 204 – 2440 Geel

Paris beyond Proust


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


Introducing Madeleine – Memory Capture of the Future


London designer Amy Radcliff has succeeded in prototyping a camera of the future. Her elegant device, coyly named Madeleine in a wink to Proust fans, uses headspace technology to capture, analyze and reproduce odor compositions of actual objects in small capsules. The product is as disposable as current-day visual captures.