I knew I smelled something creative…
Reading this New York Magazine article, I learned that over the weekend in New York at the Guggenhiem a new kind of opera opened: a ScentOpera. And since I’ve pondered on many posts about the 5 senses, I just about fell of my chair when I read this story about ScentOpera’s creators, Stewart Matthew and Christophe Laudamiel, experiment with the sense of smell at an opera. I thought that rock n roll might be the first to really explore this type of thing. But, as the article explains, the opera crowd has beat rock n roll to the punch, (or to the smell.)
In the arts, smell is the unloved sense. Whether your point of reference is Wagner’sGesamtkunstwerk or John Waters’s scratch-and-sniff Odorama, your nose will be ignored or disappointed: Even those artists who say they want to embrace all the senses come up short with scent. SoGreen Aria, a ScentOpera, which makes its debut on May 31 and June 1 at the Guggenheim, has an especially audacious air to it. This is an experimental performance piece in which fragrance takes center stage.
I think we’re on to something.
Now, only if the rock n roll concert community would catch on. I guess we’ll just have to do something about this.
If you attended the ScentOpera this weekend, I’d love to hear about your experience.
Take a whiff of these other links that the NYM article points out about the creator’s scientific explorations of sense and smell.