Olfactory Library Europe

steirischer herbst / Kunsthalle Graz (2016)

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World’s Flavor “ Part 1: Olfactory Library Europe

Olfactory mapping: Graz-based artist Markus Jeschaunig collects scents and aromas from the air and brings them to Kunsthalle Graz/Austria.

Does the air know no boundaries? The artistic works of Markus Jeschaunig from Graz revolve around the fourth element as something that belongs to everyone, supposedly with no claims to ownership. In 2015 Jeschaunig appeared at the Milan EXPO with his “Agency in Biosphere” as part of Team.Breathe.Austria and in 2012 he had an airship fly in a straight line from Graz to Maribor.
Smells really don’t know any boundaries. For his “World’s Flavor” project Markus Jeschaunig has collected scents and aromas from all over Europe: At significant historical sites, in suburban areas, but also along migrant routes. For example, with a mobile still he captured the smell of a leather chair in the European Parliament and the scent of the countryside at the Turkish-Greek border. He does not concentrate all of these aromas in the world’s finest “perfume”, like the protagonist of Patrick Süskind’s famous novel, but instead in textile aroma domes and aroma points at Kunsthalle Graz, as an olfactory excerpt of Europe. (Text: steirischer herbst)

List of scents (selection exhibition):

Nr. 1 “ Tomatoe (El Ejido, Spain)
Nr. 2 “ Ramsons/wood garlic (Spielfeld, Austria)
Nr. 3 “ Smoke (Istanbul, Turkey)
Nr. 4 “ Orange (Athens, Greece)
Nr. 5 “ Leather (EU Parliament, Brussels/Strasbourg)
Nr. 6 “ Anis (Turkey & mediterranean region)
Nr. 7 “ Asphalt, Petrol (Everyville, Anywhere)
Nr. 8 “ Chesnut flower (Kiev, Ukraine)

Curated by
Wenzel Mraček (AT), Arnold Reinisch (AT), Jani Schwob (AT)

Festival: steirischer herbst 2016

Conrad-von-Hötzendorf-Straße 42a
8010 Graz, Austria

24/09 “ 16/10
Opening Sat 24/09, 13.30

Talking Art
Thu 06/10, 17.00

Photography: Sebastian Reiser, Nikola Milatovic

Brauerei Murauer
Profumo verde

With generous support/Mit freundlicher Unterstützung:
Symrise Austria

Many Thanks to:
Team Kunsthalle Graz & all supporters during the traveling and exhibition set up