Strawberry Fields Forever

Smellscape / Duftinstallation – Pratersauna Art Space

PS 8 / Strawberry Fields Forever

PS 8 / Strawberry Fields Forever

PS 8 / Milan Mladenovic - Strawberry Fields Forever / Paul Divjak

Der Pratersauna Art Space präsentiert sich, wie der Künstler Milan Mladenovic ihn gestaltet hat; in wochenlanger Arbeit wurden alle Wände, die Decke und das Interieur kleinteilig mit bunten Stickern verklebt. Psychedelische Muster, wohin das Auge blickt. Paul Divjak hat auf Einladung der Wiener Achse die Intervention von Mladenovic aufgegriffen und die Ästhetik der veränderten Raumerfahrung auf olfaktorischer Ebene weitergedacht. Der Ort scheint gänzlich unverändert, wäre da nicht eine überraschende zusätzliche Stimulanz. Statt der typischen von Alkohol, Rauch und Schweiß getränkten Luft eines Clubs prägt das poppige Aroma fruchtiger Erdbeeren die Atmosphäre. – Bevor die Partynacht überhaupt angefangen hat, fährt der beglückende synthetische Trip auch schon ein. Ohne Drogen, völlig losgelöst; Eskapismus im Erdbeerland.

Eröffnung: 4.10.2014  | 5.10.-14.12.2014

Wiener Achse
Supported by MagicBox, Saint Charles

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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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 —

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]

Shake Your Molecules

Dancefloor aroma installation

“Ein gut riechender Club – magic!”

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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