Shake Your Molecules

Dancefloor aroma installation

“Ein gut riechender Club – magic!”

TOHUWABOHU //
Location: Prime Club, Vienna

B.visible live | Felix the Houserat | Roman Rauch | Nick Hanzo // 05.01.2018

7 Citizens x WillFling x Kido Soon | Roman Rauch (Life is for Living / Manifest) | Nick Hanzo (Happening) | Frisör Pop UP by SaLon NINA SAN // 02.02.2018

Dancefloor aroma energizing_by Paul Divjak (Saint Charles Vienna, Berlin)

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Diffusing Molecules #2

Scent Design for the Museum of Natural History

Scent design for the travelling exhibition KINGDOM OF SALT / DAS WEISSE GOLD DER KELTEN [Clients: Museum of Natural History, Vienna / Museumspartner, Innsbruck]

Focusing on the newest interdisciplinary research, the exhibition shows the town of Hallstatt, located in the Austrian Alps, as a “cradle of Europe’s industrialisation”: a progression of settlement and mining over 7000 years.

Visitors can explore the displays in the shape of huge „salt blocks“, i.e atmospheric rooms, which provide ambient sounds, video projections, multimedia shows, computer animations – and historical on location-smellscapes.

For this show I´m providing –  in cooperation with German scent specialist Elke Kies from MagicBox – the Museum of Natural History (Vienna) with expertise, conceptual development and the exclusive creation of unique olfactory experiences: from the neolithic age up to 350 BC, from „untouched nature“ to the smell of „the global village“.

MARQ – Alicante/Spain [14.06.2013 - 31.01.2014]
WESTFÄLISCHES LANDESMUSEUM – Herne/Germany [23.08.2014 - 25.01.2015]
Staatliches Museum für Archäologie Sachsen [03.07.2015 - 03.01.2016]


Change Was Our Only Chance

by Time´s up

Installation view "Change Was Our Only Chance" by Time´s Up

Setup: “Change Was Our Only Chance” by Time´s Up

For this project by the artists´collective Time´s Up Paul Divjak was invited to develop an olfactory scenographic approach and create an experimental, dystopian scentscape. The result was an irritating bouquet of a futuristic harbor breeze, defined by muddy waters, wet wooden notes, and sweet rotten Asian flowers. A subtile but smelly trip to the year 2047. [Phase 1 of an experiment / collaborative work in progress]

 AIL – Angewandte Innovation Lab – Franz-Josefs-Kai 3 1010 Wien, Vienna
 02.09.2019 - 27.09.2019

In these times of fundamental change, this mix of installation and process wants to make you “want for the future”. The future perspective into the present makes it clear that the future for us (humans) will only be experienced if we introduce changes today.

An possible future is sensually experienced through a physical narrative, a form of immersive environment, explored in the enveloping spatial arrangement, in the here and now, in a curious and playful process.

Possible futures fuel passion to boldly explore and popularize the complexity of our time. Possible futures are demystified and stripped of anxiety. Uncertain future scenarios are no longer terrifying, because in that future we see that people in the past had understood: “Change our our only chance.”

We look forward to working with the lecturers, researchers and students of the University of Applied Arts Vienna and the Applied Innovation Laboratory AIL in this project of exhibition and discussion, workshop and exploration.

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Der Klang des Duftes

Duftzeremonie

Ifeo - Institut für experimentelle Olfaktorik: "Der Klang des Duftes"

“Der Klang des Duftes” / Ife0 Foto: Jeanette Müller

Anläßlich von Japan-NOW! unter der Schirmherrschaft der Japanischen Botschaft ist das IfeO – Institut für experimentelle Olfaktorik zu Gast bei Habari – Design Store, 1060 Wien, 15.11.2019, 18.30 Uhr

Der Kulturwissenschafter und Duftkünstler Paul Divjak und der Apotheker Alexander Ehrmann beschäftigen sich im Rahmen des von ihnen gegründeten Instituts für experimentelle Olfaktorik (IfeO) grenzüberschreitend mit dem Thema Geruch. Mit ihren sinnlichen Duftreisen laden die beiden als OMCs (Olfactory Masters of Ceremony) unter Bezugnahme auf die traditionelle japanische Kōdō-Zeremonie zum Innehalten, zum bewußten Wahrnehmen und zur synästhetischen Erfahrung von erlesenen Duftessenzen, getrockneten Kräutern und Räucherwerk ein.
Welche Assoziationen läßt thailändischer Pandan auf niederösterreichischen Himbeerblättern entstehen? Wie schmeckt der Unterschied zwischen Weihrauchharz aus dem Oman und dem aus Somaliland? Und womöglich hören wir sie ja tatsächlich, die japanische Minze auf mallorquinischem Salbei, nachdem wir erst einmal die deutsche Marihuanablüte auf burgenländischen Brennnesseln gerochen haben?

Alles riecht auf seine Weise. Die Welt duftet und sie stinkt.  - Und jedes Atmen ist mögliches riechen.

 

 


Diffusing Terpenes

KMH, Liechtenstein, 2022

"Diffusing Terpenes" © Paul Divjak / Bildrecht

“Diffusing Terpenes” © Paul Divjak / Bildrecht

“Diffusing Terpenes: The Effects of Forest Bathing” (Scent installation at the occasion of: “durchforsten”, KMH – küefermartishuus / Liechtenstein, 27.5 – 18.12. 2022)

Studies have shown the significant physiological effect forest atmosphere can have on humans. This circumstance has lead to the so-called trend of “forest bathing” (Shinrin Yoku). Scientists assume that the effects are achieved by breathing in the forest atmosphere, which contains various phytochemicals produced mainly by trees. So far, many terpenes prevalent in forest air have been found to have strong biological activities; their possible antiviral, antibacterial, antitumourigenic or neuroprotective effects have been demonstrated. Although research is increasingly focusing on the potential impacts, scientific data and evidence as well as the understanding of the potential and possible uses of terpenes are still lacking in many cases. — mehr —