Opening: May 13, 6-9 p.m
Continues: 13-29 May
Hours: Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun – 1 pm to 6pm / Thurs – 1 pm to 8pm
An Olfactory Archive: 1738-1969 is a traveling exhibition organized by the Division of Architecture at the California College of the Arts (CCA). It is the first exhibition devoted exclusively to the recent works of artisans and historians who harness scents, essences, and fragrances in the reconstruction and preservation of historical spaces. This exhibition displays several examples of this recent work, creating a brief image of some possible and future archive of an olfactory past.
In the past 10 years, a surprising number of historians, preservationists, architects, and artists experimented with scents to record, represent, and reconstruct historical buildings, interiors, and agrarian and urban landscapes. Such work spans from Aaron Betsky and Herzog and DeMeuron’s fragrance Rotterdam – Olfactory Object (2004) to Christophe Laudemiel’s recent efforts to reconstruct the scents of the Straight of Bosphorus in the Middle Ages (2013).
Ultimately, this exhibition presents recent and alternative ways to interpret the history of space and to potentially make architecture, interior and landscape history a simultaneously more vanguard and public enterprise.
Featuring the work of
Dreamair (Christophe Laudamiel and Christoph Hornetz)
Herzog & DeMeuron Architects
Carlos Huber, Arquiste
Jorge Otero-Pailos, Architect
RAD Architects (Rodolphe el-Khoury, Carol Moukheiber, Christos Markopoulos)
Philippe Rahm Architects
Bonner/Stayner Architects (Jennifer Bonner and Christian Stayner)
“An Olfactory Archive” was originally sponsored by and exhibited at the California College of the Arts (CCA) Architecture Division.
header image: Philippe Rahm
tumbnail image: Jim Norrena, CCA