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Immaterial Sculptures
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Edited by Thomas Thiel, Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen and Florian Waldvogel, Tiroler Landesmuseum – Ferdinandeum, Innsbruck
Essays by Antonie Bierling, Ilona Croy, Regine Dee, Jim Drobnick, Hanns Hatt, Lea März, Thomas Thiel, Florian Waldvogel
Design by Bureau Mario Lombardo; Mario Lombardo, David Heuer
DCV, 2024

The effect of odor is immediate. Smells arouse feelings in us, put us in moods, awaken recollections. They color the other senses and shape our perceptions more profoundly than we are aware. Scents create closeness and distance at the same time. They become imprinted on our memories and consolidate our experiences. And yet their existence in the world of three dimensions remains invisible, and the act of picking up a scent is fleeting.

The publication Odor—Immaterial Sculptures is published on the occasion of the jointly conceived exhibitions of the same name at MGKSiegen (2022) and Ferdinandeum Innsbruck (2023) and zooms in on the power of smells. Contributions from curators, artists, scientists, and scholars frame a variety of perspectives on this evanescent phenomenon, examining the olfactory sense and the qualities of the immaterial. Full-page plates conceived by the artists provide additional information, imagery, and contexts around the individual works, which put odor as an olfactory and spatial experience at the center of the engagement with art. The works operate between the poles of time and space, individual and community, consciousness and the subconscious, visibility and invisibility, the everyday and the miraculous, the sense of self and the perceptions of others, presence and absence, life and death.

Artists: Jason Dodge, Carsten Höller, Koo Jeong A, Oswaldo Maciá, Teresa Margolles, Pamela Rosenkranz, Sissel Tolaas, Clara Ursitti, Luca Vitone

ISBN 978-3-96912-176-4
20 x 27 cm
200 pages
70 illustrations
Hardcover with debossing
German, English

1 Exhibition