That Smells Radical: Fluxus Art Engages the Nose
Art / Perfumes / Politics

That Smells Radical: Fluxus Art Engages the Nose

In 1965, Takako Saito produced Spice Chess, consisting of a chess board whose pieces are filled with spices.  One can only recognize the position being played by inhaling its scent rather than relying on sight.  The set includes white pawns made of cinnamon, white rooks of nutmeg, the white knights are ginger, black bishops are Cumin, and the black king made of asafoetida.  The white … Continue reading

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A Whiff of Revolution: New York artist Lisa Kirk bottles the smell of war
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A Whiff of Revolution: New York artist Lisa Kirk bottles the smell of war

The combination of art with politics is a subject that has always interested me. A few weeks ago, I traveled to Kassel, Germany to see the once-every-five year exhibition called dOCUMENTA 13. The artist and curator Arnold Bode created Documenta in 1955 as a means of addressing the recent trauma experienced in Europe, and looked … Continue reading

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