Session 4.2.4: ROUNDTABLE: Olfactory Art and the Political

ROUNDTABLE: Olfactory Art and the Political
11:30, Sunday 9 May 2021 (1 hour 30 minutes)
Break    01:00 PM to 01:30 PM (30 minutes)
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Organizers: Gwenn-Aël Lynn and Debra Riley Parr

Our book, "Olfactory Art and the Political in an Age of Resistance", will be published by Routledge in May 2021. It positions itself as a direct challenge to the Modernist aesthetic regime of the optical and assumptions that what is seen establishes a basis for knowledge. Our discourse on smell serves as a shared platform for artists working with odors and for scholars writing about olfactory art. We present contemporary international research and art projects ranging across the fields of race and class scholarship, queer and gender scholarship, environmental studies, animal studies, and institutional critique. Seizing the timing of the conference and the publishing of our book we would like to contribute to the theme of “the Rise of Sensory Politics” by inviting our contributors to a round table where they can pitch in some of their key concepts at the intersection of sensory politics, art, and resistance.

Some of our authors have suggested that, to make this round table lively and sensory the audience, if so inclined, consider, one or more, of the following Olfactory prompts, and have one or more of these scented prompts with them while attending the round table via video conference:

Shea butter.

Collect a freshly picked green leaf of an outdoor plant - preferably a hearty, non-poisonous plant that has many leaves, or a blade of grass. Place the single leaf or blade into an airtight container.

Smell yourself and embrace any thoughts or reactions that your personal smell induces (or scent that you may be wearing).

Brew some herbal infusion of your choice, and inhale.


Clara Muller, Columbia University, USA

Lindsey French, University of Pittsburgh, USA

Hsuan Hsu, UC Davis, USA

Dorothy Abram, Johnson & Wales University, USA

Brian Goeltzenleuchter, San Diego, USA

Dorothée King, Academy of Arts and Design, Basel, Switzerland

Lauryn Manigel, Berlin, Germany

Alanna Lynch, Berlin, Germany

Arnaud Gaspacher, CUNY, USA

D Rosen, Independent artist, Chicago, USA

City College of New York
San Diego State University
University of Pittsburgh
Columbia College Chicago
Art historian, writer, curator
UC Davis
Johnson & Wales University
Basel Academy of Arts and Design
Department Head, Full Professor
independent artist researcher
Independent Artist

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