Olfactory Art

Nobi Shioya, Seven Deadly Sins

Olfactory art is a term that is new to me this week.  Working for a scent company and keeping a close watch on the art world, I was surprise that I have never heard this term!  Upon finding scholarly article after scholarly article about this topic, I wonder, why has this art form remain hidden from me, and therefore the general public? Despite the manifestos published by the Futurists, the Surrealists, and other post-modern groups, calling for a wider integration of human experience into art, scent elude artists of their time.  Some critics in the past argued that scent remains on the “fringe of aesthetics,” and a “lower sense.”  Could we coin olfactory art as the new folk art, the quaint country cousin, not to be taken too seriously?

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Scent and Movies: The Next Dimension of Entertainment

Eadweard Muybridge & his “flying horse”, Black & White films, piano as soundtrack, the introduction of written & spoken dialogues, colors, motion seats until the introduction of 3D, film technology kept evolving and improving. But what’s missing?
…What if you could watch Avatar and smell the wild forest? Or maybe The Notebook, and being able to smell Ryan Gosling under the rain? (Sorry, I had to say that). Well, this  Continue reading

Chemical Senses

The chemical senses, smell and taste, round out our remaining senses – vision, hearing, and touch.  These last two are referred to as the chemical senses since they are initiated by small, discrete chemical compounds that reach our nose and/or our tongue.  In fact all of the taste sensations other than sweetsoursaltybitterumami (savory) involve smelling due to the odor/taste molecules reaching the olfactory epithelium in the nose after they travel through the back of the throat. Continue reading