An Olfactory Archive: 1738-1969 (Test Sites Symposium exhibition)

Presented by the Architecture Division
October 8–13, 2013

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Opening reception: Fri., Oct. 11, 7 p.m.
Free and open to the public

More info: architecture@cca.edu

In conjunction with the symposium Test Sites: Experiments in the History of Space the Architecture Division at California College of the Arts is presenting the exhibition An Olfactory Archive: 1738-1969, 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.

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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. It integrates CCA’s traditions of craft, maker-culture and progressive historical education into a cohesive and contemporary project.

Featuring the work of

Christopher Brosius
Demeter
Dreamair (Christophe Laudamiel and Christoph Hornetz)
Rodrigo Flores-Roux
Alessandro Gualtieri
Herzog & DeMeuron Architects
Carlos Huber, Arquiste
Christophe Laudamiel
Birthe Leemeijer
Serge Lutens
Rosendo Mateu
Jorge Otero-Pailos, Architect
RAD Architects (Rodolphe el-Khoury, Carol Moukheiber, Christos Markopoulos)
Philippe Rahm Architects
Bonner/Stayner Architects (Jennifer Bonner and Christian Stayner)
Yann Vasnier

Credits
Curated by David Gissen and Irene Cheng
Exhibition design by Brian Price and Matt Hutchinson
Workshop conducted by Bruno Fazzolari, David Gissen, and William Littmann