This book claims a political value for olfactory artworks by situating them squarely in the contemporary moment of various forms of political resistance.
Each chapter presents the current research and art practices of an international group of artists and writers from the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland, Thailand, Sweden, and the Netherlands. The book brings together new thinking on the potential for olfactory art to critique and produce modes of engagement that challenge the still-powerful hegemonic realities of the twenty-first century, particularly the dominance of vision as opposed to other sensory modalities.
The book will be of interest to scholars working in contemporary art, art history, visual culture, olfactory studies, performance studies, and politics of activism.
Table of Contents
1 Olfactory Politics in Black Diasporic Art
Hsuan L. Hsu
2 Perfumes, Shea Butter, and Black Soap: The Smell of Resistance
Debra Riley Parr
3 Common Scents, a Social Sense of Smell: Orientation, Territory and the Evidence of Beings
Pitchaya Ngamcharoen. Edit by Vinita Gatne and Bethany Crowford
4 The Political Potential of Smoke
5 Olfactory Resistance at the End of the World
6 Eco-olfactory Art: Experiencing the Stories of the Air We Breathe
7 Olfactivism: Scents in the City and Beyond
8 Is There Empathy through Breathing?
9 Olfaction as Radical Collaboration
10 Chrysanthemum Powder and Other Interspecies Scent Rituals
11 Eat Your Makeup: Perfume, Drag, and the Transgressions of Queer Subjects under Capitalism
12 Scented Bodies: Perfuming as Resistance and a Subversive Identity Statement
13 Women’s Smell: Towards a New Representation of the Body
14 Scent and Seduction: The Power of Smell in the Stories of Katherine Mansfield
15 The Olfactory Counter-monument: Active Smelling and the Politics of Wonder in the Contemporary Museum
16 Shaking Off Disinterested Contemplation: Toward a New Aesthetics of Smell
17 Malodors and Miasmas: The Political Potential of Working with Smell
18 Enteric Aesthetics
Gwenn-Aël Lynn is a transdisciplinary artist who builds interactive installations that combine scents, sound, and technology to pose questions about identity, culture, and the political.
Debra Riley Parr is Associate Professor in the Art and Art History Department at Columbia College Chicago. Her current research concerns olfactory art and design in contemporary culture.