Olfactory art in an interactive salon!
I was at the Museum of Art and Design last night for an AIGA event which luckily was running late. So I had the opportunity to cruise up the stairs checking out, floor by floor, the exhibits. I was so charmed by the Art of Scent on the third floor. The interactive installation designed by Diller, Scofidio + Renfro was the major reason I loved this exhibit.
I walked into the room to see 12 rather beautiful depressions in the walls. At first they looked like organic space pods and then they looked like men’s room urinals. I chose to see them as pods. As I approached the wall a projection appeared displaying the title and explanation of the work. Looking around, I see other curious vistors placing their heads into the pods. Okay, what? I put my head in the rounded space, which triggered a slight mist of perfume. Yep, it was Drakkar Noir and then I immediately thought about an old college boyfriend, French Denis, who so sweetly picked me up at Charles de Gaulle and never said a word about my newly dyed “fire engine red” and newly permed hair and my little sister who “helped” me with the dye/perm job on comet view court in san diego and how I cried and dreaded going to Paris the next morning to see French Denis and meet his French family who smoked and seemed to only eat desserts. All that from one mist.
So go see this show. Museum is open to 9:00PM on Thursdays and Fridays. I suppose there might be less people milling about in the evening.