1st Edition

Olfactory Art and the Political in an Age of Resistance

Edited By Gwenn-Aël Lynn, Debra Riley Parr Copyright 2021
    268 Pages 40 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    268 Pages 40 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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

    Gwenn-Aël Lynn

    5 Olfactory Resistance at the End of the World

    Eleonora Edreva

    6 Eco-olfactory Art: Experiencing the Stories of the Air We Breathe

    Clara Muller

    7 Olfactivism: Scents in the City and Beyond

    Jim Drobnick

    8 Is There Empathy through Breathing?

    Dorothée King

    9 Olfaction as Radical Collaboration

    Lindsey French

    10 Chrysanthemum Powder and Other Interspecies Scent Rituals

    D Rosen

    11 Eat Your Makeup: Perfume, Drag, and the Transgressions of Queer Subjects under Capitalism

    Matt Morris

    12 Scented Bodies: Perfuming as Resistance and a Subversive Identity Statement

    Viveka Kjellmer

    13 Women’s Smell: Towards a New Representation of the Body

    Sandra Barré

    14 Scent and Seduction: The Power of Smell in the Stories of Katherine Mansfield

    Dorothy Abram

    15 The Olfactory Counter-monument: Active Smelling and the Politics of Wonder in the Contemporary Museum

    Brian Goeltzenleuchter

    16 Shaking Off Disinterested Contemplation: Toward a New Aesthetics of Smell

    Lauryn Mannigel

    17 Malodors and Miasmas: The Political Potential of Working with Smell

    Alanna Lynch

    18 Enteric Aesthetics

    Arnaud Gerspacher


    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.