Architecture Exhibit Uses Scents To Reconstruct Historical Spaces
Perfumers, architects, preservationists, and artists develop an imaginitive olfactory experience.
They say scent has a direct connection to our most personal memories and imagination. But what about historical or collective memory?
Happening in conjunction to a symposium titled Test Sites: Experiments in the History of Space, the California College of the Arts (CCA) Architecture Division developed An Olfactory Archive: 1100-1969, an exhibit where visitors explored historical spaces through different fragrances, including scents that recall the Middle Ages, agrarian and urban landscapes or even a distinct building like Philip Johnson’s Glass House. The scents were created by perfumers, architects, preservationists and artists in an exhibition that shows off an innovative way of imagining architectural spaces. The formal description of the exhibit describes the goals of the interdisciplinary project: