posted on Sep, 13 2014 @ 04:01 AM
I think this is the right forum for this because its kind of a philosophical and psychological issue. This used to be the forum for psychology as well
as philosophy...hopefully it still is because I think this topic overlaps those two areas. And its an aesthetic issue, and aesthetics was one of the
branches of classical philosophy.
Aaaaanyway...the human mind and self are aesthetically stimulated by various types of arts. We have the visual arts, like painting, sculpture, video,
etc., which engage the aesthetic sensibility of the self through the visual sense. Music appeals to the sense of hearing. We have chefs who create
great culuinary masterpieces that engage the sense of taste.
Why no serious artists working with smell?
I know the idea seems kind of weird but bear with me. I suppose one reason this hasn't happened is because we simply lack the technology. And it
can't be said that people are complely negiligent in this area. We have aromatherapy, for example, and potporri, and insence. There have been rare
spices and aromatic oils treasured through the ages for their great smells. And of course perfume and cologne.
But even so, there is nothing on the order of, say, renaissance art or classical music that engages the sense of smell.
Now we have the ability to work much more subtly with chemistry, there should be people working on creating new olfactory delights that take the sense
of smell to the level of high art.
Like I said I know its a kind of strange idea and opens itself to jokes to some extent, but what say you? Can we engage the mind/soul/aesthetic senses
with complex new olfactory art?