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James Paul McCartney (1942-1966)
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Nov 17, 2005, 3:54am

From August 25th 1966 I’ve seen no more the guy above


Sept14, 2007, 7:52am
I just spent forever looking for the YouTube video of the recent Beatles Tribute on David Letterman. The one with the new Sgt. Pepper Drum in it ?
Faul says, “With friends like these, who needs life ? ”
A close friend asked me about that statement. She thought that it was a very strange thing to say.
The other people on stage with him were:
Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, and Olivia Harrison
I was considering what he said this morning & it suddenly struck me. What could he possibly have meant by that ?
“With friends like these, who needs life ?”
Were the people on the stage with him involved with death somehow ?

In watching the video clip below of Faul/Bill and Ringo, all I could think of is how much older Faul/Bill looked than Ringo. His face sags like an elderly person yet Ringo looks younger (Boy, you’re gonna carry that weight).

There has always been speculation that Faul/Bill was quite a bit older than the boys. From looking at this, at least 5 years I would guess.


Sept 14, 2007, 9:49pm
The striking thing about the imagery of the Beatles when they first came out were talented, funny, personable, lively, animated men. They had a charm about them.

But after 1967 it was so different. With Paul’s demise, their drug use, and if they were indeed mind controlled, drugs would be part of their “programming” as well as what “recreational” use they may have had with them. But their personalities were different, the chemistry that was among them in the early days was gone from MMT on.

Now some would argue well, grief over the loss of JPM and maybe even with Brian being gone. If JPM was truly killed in a natural accident, time would pass and the other three would have healed to the point where their personality would still be there. Grief may suspend creativity for a time, but it would come back eventually. But with the case of this group,it was more than just grief. It’s as if different personalities entered the other three.


Sept 16, 2007, 4:04pm
I’ve done a little bit of research on this today.

From what we know, Faul may have been born in 1935 and he also may be an Aries, i.e. the Ram album reference.

Looking at his planets and those of Linda and Heather, a birth date in the range of April 11-17, 1935 certainly would fit quite well.


Nov 22, 2008, 7:21pm
November 21, 2008 — The Sunday Times (UK)
Sir Paul McCartney confronts the ghosts of his past

… Wherever he makes an appearance, he is followed by his own video crew; every minute of every public moment is recorded. Two stills photographers are part of the team, and he retouches and vets every image they release to the media. He even did this in the hubbub of Tel Aviv. Why? To preserve his legend for prosperity? The question draws a defensive response.

“I just don’t like to see terrible photos of myself?it’s straightforward vanity. You tell me someone who wants to see terrible photos of themselves.”

“I’ve learnt to compartmentalise,” he says. “There’s me and there’s famous Him. I don’t want to sound schizophrenic, but probably I’m two people.”


Nov 23, 2008, 4:49pm
I wish with all of my might that Sir Paul would just stop with the bullsh*t & finally come totally clean. I for one could think of many things that I would rather do with my time than to continuously commiserate over poor Paul’s fate! Sometimes I just want to rattle his skull and scream “STOP BEATING AROUND THE DAMNED BUSH!”


Nov 26, 2008, 7:10am
Well, my personal theory is that TPTB/Illuminati had control or were trying to get control over the Beatles. I believe they were pushing a drug agenda (LSD) to fracture, & possibly, control society (MK ULTRA/Mockingbird). Rock n’ Roll was definitely used to promote drugs. I don’t, personally, think Paul was willing to do that. Someone who isn’t going to play ball controlling a lot of wealth & having a lot of influence is probably not ideal for TPTB. So, I think they decided to remove him & put in a team player. Paul was probably made an example of for the other Beatles (let that be a lesson to you sort of thing). I am personally convinced that TPTB must have been involved w/ Paul’s death & replacement. If not, the truth would have come out much sooner, imo.


Dec 9, 2008, 4:09pm
Sorry to be morbid, but I’ve been trying to narrow down Paul’s date of death. I have seen it speculated that he died somewhere in Sept – Nov 1966. I think it may have been earlier. After looking at these photos & videos, I think he may have died somewhere btw Aug 19 & Aug 27, 1966.

These pics from Aug 29 at San Francisco airport:

Yeah, I think they’re Faul, too.

Compare to Paul:


TrJ22487 (’06)
Dec 9, 2008, 5:25pm
According to 60if Paul and Brian Epstein were held captive for several weeks before the death. Both 60if and the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club have the date of death as September 11th, 1966.

I’ve been in agreement since the start of me being here that August 26th is the last time we see Paul. The L.A. press conference on the 28th is truly the head scratcher, because they speak with him so much, hes with the classic Beatles, just two days later. I feel the Faul you are seeing at the end of August is in fact the same as the LSD Faul from 1967. And I don’t believe that’s Bill. I believe Bill’s first appearance as Faul is November 24th, 1966. Why Bill wouldn’t be the LSD Faul, I cannot speculate.


Aug 27, 2009, 12:22am

I’m certain Paul was in this interview from Aug 19, 1966 Memphis interview:

But I’m not convinced this is Paul:



Sept 8, 2009, 2:12pm
When George on the Dick Cavett show, Dick Cavett referred to The Beatles as “your former organization.” George joked that there were 10 Beatles, & said “Didn’t you hear of the 18th Beatle?” He also said “They just sent four dummies out there”.


Oct 18, 2009, 3:46pm
I’ve been catching up on all the threads from the forum, looking at pictures and playing the vids and have come to one conclusion – The people responsible for this MUST pay! I’m not joking…if I presonally knew any of them , I would get that smoking gun and use it. It makes me so sad to think of JPM – the REAL Paul who I was named after being killed in that way and that right B”$TARD who’s taken his place. Paul is gone and Faul is now Paul…and that’s without even just listening to his voice or song writing skills – Mary had a little lamb????Live and Let Die????? rubbish compared to She’s Leaving home or Elenor Rigby


Nov 4, 2009, 4:05am
I just wanted to share a little story about what happened tonight. I went out to an election night party at a bar & started talking to this guy. I asked him at one point if he were a Beatles fan. He said yes & no. I was intrigued & asked him to elaborate. He said he liked them up until ’66-’67, but then something changed. I was like “Yeah, something changed! Paul McCartney did, for one.” Anyway, I went thru the whole biometrical analysis w/ the 6% change in the mandibular curve, etc, & this guy seemed to be on board w/ Paul having been replaced. Actually, I think this guy already intuited it. He agreed Paul was a genius & Faul sucks


Dec 21, 2009, 1:26pm
From the Stewart Swerdlow site today:

Paul McCartney
Posted: December, 21, 2009
I have just been doing some research on Paul McCartney may of died in a car accident in 1966 and was somehow replaced with a double in 1967. He was replaced by a man claiming to be called Bill Sheppard. They say a row broke out between band members and Paul walked out of the studio in a drunken frenzy got in his car and drove very fast he also picked up a women hitchiker. Theirs rumours that the original Paul didnt want to go along with the agenda in promoting the hallucinative drug LSD at the time and the entertainment industry wanted to use The Beatles in promoting it apparentely.

The PID domino is starting to fall!


Feb 7, 2010, 7:58am
For me the biggest discovery of this year is the Aberfan snub. The Beatles were asked to help raise money for the families of 144 dead children & they said no, not because they wouldn’t but because they couldn’t.

I can’t see those boys turning something like that down. The only logical explanation is that they were still reeling from Paul’s death and scrambling to get a handle on the cover-up…


Mar 6, 2010, 12:21am

Mar 5, 2010, 11:55pm, thewinged wrote:
^ Oh… Ok, what can you tell me about the RA 30 and the footage taken on Aug, 31? And the footage from Melody maker awards, taken in early September, 1966?

Tampered? PAULsified? Go on, please.

The footage you say taken on August 31th actually was taken on August 24th 1966.
See above list.
The footage about MMA is fully blurred and shows a right handed man.
Beware before Faul there was another Paul replacement.


Mar 7, 2010, 8:49am

Hello plasticmacca
I think your blog is what more close to the truth on the Internet now.


Mar 7, 2010, 7:50pm
I think the whole mask idea is a bit of a leap in technology for 1966. Possibly prothetics, but not a whole mask – I don’t think it would look real enough, and also would make all the plastic surgery Faul’s had totally un-nessessary. We’ve seen pictures of the scars and signs that he had proceedures to make him look more like Paul – if it was a case of putting a mask on and walking out straight into the public eye, why bother? The photos from then could have been re-touched by experts, hell, anyone with a pc can re-touch photos now, so I am wary to any that come from regular sources.

Also, MY general belief is the replacement happened late August – early Sept when Paul was killed/murdered and Faul took over. There has only been ONE Faul – the facial changes are due to refinement of his face to make him look more like Paul, which was completed in phases – again, if it was a mask, why would his face have gone through several changes over time??


Mar 8, 2010, 6:56pm
I’m not taking the position that Faul is definitely wearing a full or partial face mask in “Hey Jude.” I’m just saying it’s possible.


Mar 10, 2010, 7:20pm
Faul does seem to rub his eyes a lot…


Mar 11, 2010, 11:43am

***Reversed Lyrics***

ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh
yeah yeah yeah
ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh oohhh

Paul Paul Paul
I remember what I want
Paul Paul Faul

Need fire
What’s the end?
The Fireman

Oh, I’ll burn it down
Cause I need some fire

Oh yeah
What’s the end?
The Fireman

Believe me, I want to be a fireman
Hell’s Bell, he said
Oh yeah, What’s the end?
The Fireman

ooh ooh ohh ooh ooh
ooh ooh ohh ohh ooh oohhh



Mar 12, 2010, 4:55pm

Look at the corner of Faul’s mouth. Could that be a mask? The skin looks weird.


Mar 17, 2010, 2:05pm
Strange the way the skin around Faul’s eye is doing.

The left side of Faul’s face looks very weird in this one.

Here is another pic with strange fold in Faul’s face that I could not replicate in the mirror.

This is clearly another man trying to look as the real Paul did, through multiple surgeries and prosthetic pieces

Above: Photos from the same day in 1967
Left photo at the start of the day and right in the evening
Cheek filler sags within a 12 hour interval
The filler is called ‘Botaline’ and also creates problems stretching his face for Bill when he smiles


Mar 17, 2010, 11:50pm
faul on the right doesn’t have such riffles and bags, which it had on the left picture.



Mar 19, 2010, 2:29pm
My belief in PID has matured and I am a firm believer that, simply put, The Original James Paul McCartney was killed / murdered in late 1966 and that started the plan to replace him with William Campbell AKA Faul…


Mar 20, 2010, 8:45pm
Something that people confuse is Paul Being Replaced and Paul IS Dead and was replaced.
If Paul decided he didn’t want to be a Beatle any longer and wanted out…I really doubt if the Illuminists would permit Paul to live if he didn’t comply…..

So I firmly believe Paul died in 1966, whether it was some ritualistic killing or perhaps rigged the car accident to kill him…either way, it was brutal and cruel….

If there was an “accident”..it really was not an accident by chance, but a staged “accident” like Princess Diana’s death. That’s what I mean.

They make me sick what they do to people, use them, chew them up, abuse them and spit them back out.


Mar 21, 2010, 11:42pm
should have been a bit clearer, I was thinking about the replacement theory about JPM being Neil Aspinal, those theories, as far as Paul kicking back, chillin’ somewhere.

But, I do agree with you semolina, if they had kept Paul alive, there would have been some imprisonment involved.

There are just too many clues, etc. for Paul not to have met a horrible death, leading to a doppelganger. He was replaced only after death. jmo.


Apr 17, 2010, 7:37pm


May 11, 2010, 12:18pm
“I found a rather chilling passage in the book ‘SHOUT! The Beatles in Their Generation’ by Philip Norman…

This is a quote from Aunt Mimi about John Lennon as a child, “I’d go to the butcher’s for pheasants’ feathers and I’d make him up like an Indian with gravy browning, and put lipstick for warpaint on his cheeks. And when he said his friends were dead, they were dead.”

It occurred to me that she may have made up this little story so that she could deliver the last line with emphasis, like maybe she was trying to get something out and be blameless at the same time.”


Jun 20, 2010, 1:52am
My hubby was operated on this past Thursday. I purchased the Globe rag, I mean magazine, to help pass the time in the hospital.
Was I ever surprised when I saw that there was an article on Sir Faul. It seems that Sir Faul is losing his memory. I sh*t you not !

Sir Paul McCartney ‘Struggles to Remember Songs’
Posted on Jun 2nd 2010 7:30AM by Julian Marszalek

“To tell you the truth, I don’t really know my songs,” Sir Paul told reporters. “So if I’m at a party I’ll tend to do something like ‘Babyface’ or something silly like the old songs.”

He continued, “I know my songs when I go on tour because I learn them to go on tour but actually, I think there’s just too many of them for me to retain them so I don’t know them all.”

He doesn’t remember many of the old songs because he’s not the person who wrote & performed them !


Dec 2, 2010, 10:29pm
knew they’d faked the Moon landing long before the movie Capricorn One came along. The fact that OJ Simpson played one of the astronauts only helped to cement my convictions.
Paul McCartney’s dead for starters. Well, the original one anyway!
He was replaced by a lookalike lefthanded bass-player early on, and the rest of The Beatles were sworn to secrecy.
Spurred no doubt by John Lennon, the now Fab Three tried to spill the beans with enigmatic album covers.
Just look at the cover of Abbey Road. What’s the number plate on the Volkswagen in the background?
It’s 28, the age Paul would have been had he lived. And Paul’s barefoot, of course.
Look at the cover of Sgt Pepper. All those dead celebrities on the cover, andPaulwith a hand raised above his head – in the Egyptian death sign!
And, hey, it explains why his music went from brilliant to bloody awful almost overnight.
Spooky or what? Bottom line here, people. If you’re Paul McCartney, then you’re living a lie.


Dec 20, 2010, 4:51pm
Well, Sem, you might be happy to know that the host of the radio show agreed w/ me that Paul had been replaced. He actually contacted me about doing the show, so people are starting to figure out what happened. Now that the interview has been archived, more people will hear it who didn’t get a chance to hear it live. The info is slowly but surely getting out there. Hopefully, the Controllers won’t be able to shut down public awareness of Paul’s replaCIAment this time (as they did back in 1969).


Apr 4, 2011, 1:12pm
Funny PID story I wanted to share. I wasn’t sure what my b/f would say to the whole PID thing (if he’d been PIA, that would have been a deal breaker). Anyway, yesterday, Magical Mystery Tour came on the radio, & I bluntly said that I didn’t like the fake Beatles. He was like, yeah, but it’s a good tune. I was shocked & said, “you know about the fake Beatles?” And he was like, yeah, I’m not deaf. LOL! He’s known about them for 8 yrs! Wow – that made me feel waaay behind the ball.


Apr 7, 2011, 9:53pm
It’s like we open a door slightly ajar and enter an ornate room and can see the beds nicely made up in this odourous room and sometimes our curiousity leads us to look under the covers over in that bed first to see if that’s where the smell is coming from and find a weaker but noticeable smell before we then go over to another bed and realize that it’s a slightly different odour but a part of the entire stench of the room behind the door.






p.s. Hey. ** David Ehrenstein, Hi. Everyone, Mr. Ehrenstein’s FaBlog tackles the ‘Send her back’ thing right here, and, oh wait, FaBlog has a double header thanks to something called ‘Hit List’, and it’s here. ** Bernard, Hi, B. I do recall that about your parents’ house. I feel like I can smell it. Did I ever read ‘Perfume’? Mm … I think not. Did I see the film version? Mm … I think so. Very happy that Jesse’s post sat well. You are desperate if you’re willing to spend a few days in Brest. Paris’s weather forecasts change by the hour, but not necessarily for the better, and I think we are indeed majorly fucked from Monday through Thursday. Cheap air-conditioned hotels: there are a bunch in the Gare de l’Est area that are cheaper than the norm but not, like, cheap. Btw, see you soon! ** Nik, Hey, Nik! Good to see you, bud! There aren’t a lot of scent-based artworks that aren’t just lame and obvious. That post culled most the interesting ones I could find. I hate summer heat like nobody’s business, so I hear you. We’re in a few day lull between murderous heat waves over here. The good thing about Paris used to be that summers tended to end in early August, but I fear that’s not the case anymore. In LA, you used to be lucky if summer ended in October, and now it’s almost year-round there. I haven’t yet dug back in to the new novel. I’m on tenterhooks to do so. As soon as the film script and related funding docs are finished, it’ll become my priority. The novel-in-progress, as it stands, is definitely working with my autobiography. Actually, the piece in ‘I Transgress’ is one of the less overtly autobiographical parts. Formally, again at this point, it changes forms many times over its course and is very digressive, very different for me, and I’m just hoping I can make it work. That’s very exciting that the Sarajevo stay had such a profound effect on your writing! That sounds really exhilarating. Fantastic, man. Weekend: Skype meeting with the artist who’ll do the sound/score on Zac’s and my next film today, then see some art. The great German filmmaker Alexander Kluge is doing a talk on Saturday, and I want to see that. Stuff like that there. And you? ** NLK, Thanks a lot. Yes, I saw your thing is up on x-r-a-y, and I already read it and admire it a whole lot. Great! Everyone, The superb video/filmmaker and writer Nate Kouri has a fantastic piece of writing called ‘MARTELLO TOWER / NATIONAL MUSEUM’ up on the great x-r-a-y site as of now, and revising your brain with it is highly recommended. Here. May the smells in your vicinity also favor you. ** _Black_Acrylic, Hi, B. Yes, I remember your olfactory piece now. Damn. I wish I’d remembered it early enough to curate it. Everyone, _Black_Acrylic aka Mr. Ben Robinson made an odorous artwork a bit back in time that would but for the grace of my spaciness have been in the show yesterday. Please add it to the collection. ** MyNeighbourJohnTurturro, Hey! Man, I hope you fully appreciate your summertime drear and mellowness. There are those of us who would kill someone for some of that. I haven’t heard the new Ulver, no, but, thanks to you, I will later today. Sweet. Well, if you remember what you want my mental thing about, I’m here and rarin’ to opinionate. Great day to you. ** Steve Erickson, Hi. I enjoyed your PB piece. And it was very instructive. Kudos. If that attack piece stoops to snarking out on Dale’s prose then it just sounds like a tit-for-tat and who has the time. Dude, we’re going to get 102 degrees F by Tuesday so count your blessings, ha ha. ** Misanthrope, You think? Yeah, maybe. I wonder though if it isn’t hearing. You know, like how you hear a song you haven’t heard or thought about in ages, and it will bring back something in your life that occurred when it was in the air in this crystal clear flash. You know me, I don’t give much of a shit about characters or storyline consistency and that sort of stuff. Well, unless the author intends the characters and storyline to make sense, and it sounds like that dude does. Fingers crossed that LPS’s newness becomes consistent. ** Okay. I’m restoring this ancient goofball post specifically because a reader of this blog who is writing their dissertation on the ‘Paul Is Dead’ phenomenon asked me to in case it has things they could use. So that’s why. See you tomorrow.



Clara Ursitti
Paul Vanouse
Sean Raspet
Peter de Cupere
Anicka Yi
Joseph Beuys
Oswaldo Maciá
Sissel Tolaas
Sands Murray-Wassink
Martynka Wawrzyniak
Brian Goeltzenleuchter
Koo Jeong A
Federico Díaz
Kristoffer Myskja
Wolfgang Georgsdorf
Lygia Clark


Clara Ursitti Eau Claire (1993)
In 1993, the Italian-Canadian artist Clara Ursitti had the novel idea of creating an olfactory self-portrait. Instead of the visual supremacy used until then, Clara presented the unusual Eau Claire. A concoction of molecules combined in such a way that it mimics the artist’s body odor–vaginal secretions and menstrual fluids, specifically. Eau Claire is a precious piece, on its way to evaporation, so it’s not possible for visitors to smell the small drops of scented liquid inside. However, the minimalist look of it and the aura of the piece makes this moment seem solemn and unique.


Paul Vanouse Labor (2019)
If you’re thinking that this exhibit will be a bunch of sweaty laborers standing around in a room, you’re wrong. It might smell that way, but the odors that you’re smelling will be “formed by bacteria procreating in three industrial fermenters in the middle of the Burchfield Art Center’s project space. Each fermenter incubates a unique species of human skin bacteria responsible for the primary scent of sweat: Staphylococcus epidermis, Coryne and Propionibacterium. As these bacteria digest simple sugars and fats, they create the distinct smells associated with human exertion, stress and anxiety. Their scents will combine in the central chamber in which a sweatshop icon, the white t-shirt, is infused as scents disseminate. This odor is expected to grow stronger throughout the exhibition.


Sean Raspet Residuals (2014)
The show includes Micro-encapsulated Surface Coating, an installation, which invites the viewer to scratch and sniff a custom-made emulsion. The work starts with a process in which the air of Jessica Silverman Gallery is analyzed using a “SUMMA canister.” The stainless steel vessel initially contains a vacuum and collects air from the surrounding environment over the course of a week. Raspet then sends the accumulated air to a lab to determine its molecular composition and then creates a liquid mixture that is a many thousand-fold condensation of the chemical signature of the gallery’s air. The artist then sends this liquid to be “micro- encapsulated” into a “scratch-and-sniff” emulsion that is spray coated on the gallery’s surfaces. The background smell of most interior environments often comes from their construction and cleaning materials. This chemical signature corresponds to the gallery’s ambient scent profile, a kind of condensed olfactory background noise.


Peter de Cupere The Paintbrush of Gustave Courbet (2014)
‘The Paintbrush of Gustave Courbet’ is a paintbrush made of pubic hair and as paint the scent of vagina. It’s a reference to L’Origine du Monde by Gustave Courbet.


Anicka Yi You Can Call Me F (2015)
For ‘You Can Call Me F’ at The Kitchen, New York, this spring, Yi filled the space with the scent of Gagosian’s Madison Avenue gallery – ‘the ultimate patriarchal-model network in the art world’. This mixed with the smell of another, less defined, less mobilized network: the women of the New York art world. To produce Grabbing At Newer Vegetables (2015), Yi and a synthetic biologist from MIT, Tal Danino, cultivated bacteria donated by one hundred female artists, collectors, dealers and curators on a bed of agar. The smell was bad and, unlike the smell of Gagosian, overpowering. It described the threat of a body that refuses to smell ‘clean’ and ‘pure’: to smell of nothing, like a gallery space, fresh air or clean water.


Joseph Beuys Geruchsplastik (Odor Sculpture) (1978)
Glass canning jar with printed information, ethereal oils and clorophyl, height 33 cm. Signed and numbered 8/30 on a paper label on the lower margin.


Oswaldo Maciá Ten Notes for a Human Symphony (2009)
In 2009 artist Oswaldo Maciá created Ten Notes for a Human Symphony, a smell sculpture presented at the II Thessaloniki Biennale in Greece. For the production of this work, Maciá collected the hair of people from across the world. The hair samples were then taken to a perfume lab in Paris, where they were analyzed using a technique known as Head-space. Based on the Head-space results, an expert perfumer interpreted the smell sample from each country, crafting ten singular scents. Ten Notes for a Human Symphony presents these scents on hanging curtains arranged in a circular composition. The scent is released through motorized atomizers on top of each curtain. The movement of the fabric, therefore, disperses the odors in what the artist calls a symphony of human smells.


Sissel Tolaas Smell Memory Kit (2015)
With over 400 receptors in the nose, humans distinguish an estimated thousands, millions, or even up to a trillion scents, and scent memory. Scent memory also, for better or worse, lasts for what seems like forever. “Visual memory remains 30 percent after three months, smell memory remains 100 percent after one year,” says Berlin-based scent artist Sissel Tolaas. “Why not use that?”In the near future, we will. Tolaas, working with Vienna’s Supersense Lab, recently created the Smell Memory Kit, the first commercial product that takes “smell snapshots.” So now, along with posting a selfie on Instagram to commemorate that amazing vacation, you will be able to make memories with your nose. “The intention is to give that thing you want to remember—a wedding, a trip—a smell,” says Tolaas.The first 200 limited-edition kits, now available for sale at the online Supersense store, have 26 main categories, from Air, Business and City to XXL, Yes and Zoo. There are subcategories too; in total, 1,000 smells are in the kit’s archive. The starter pack ($109) includes a metal capsule and three sample smells in sealed ampoules—tiny glass vials.


Sands Murray-Wassink It’s Still Materialistic, Even If It’s Liquid (From Me To You) (2013)
In 2013, Rotterdam’s Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art saw Sands Murray-Wassink in the nude, standing before a pair of glass cabinets packed with perfume bottles of varied sizes, designs, and vintages. He was performing his work It’s Still Materialistic, Even If It’s Liquid (From Me To You) (2013) at the invitation of artist-publisher-mystic AA Bronson as part of a sprawling exhibition of queer and feminist artworks Bronson had curated. Across his bare torso, the words “ACCEPT–ANCE ART” were painted in blue. Throughout the piece, Murray-Wassink offered perfume consultations to gallery passerby, fashioned like an empathic variation on the typical perfume counter clerk. As in much of Murray-Wassink’s work, this interactive performance was expressive of an emotional potential for connection. The artist considers this a form of sociality, “When I sniff with other people, be they salespeople or perfume friends, I find myself reveling in the fact of being human and sharing an open secret that we are all organic and ‘smelly’ as people. It is a bit abject, and also something I am thinking a lot about, because much of my work is blunt and gross and messy and not meant to be beautiful at all, and then there is this counterpoint of beauty in perfume. Because blinding floral beauty is usually what sweeps me off my feet.”


Martynka Wawrzyniak Smell Me (2012)
Smell Me presented at a solo exhibition at envoy enterprises, consisted of a scent chamber and art object installation that derived from my year long investigation capturing my biological essence.

Working with a research team of Hunter College Chemistry students under the guidance of Professor Donna McGregor, I underwent multiple experiments to collect aromatic elements from my body. I was subject to rigorous sessions to extract the concentrated essence of my sweat, tears, and hair, in order to create an purely olfactory self-portrait that engages visitors in a visceral form of communication, without visuality as primary form.

In order to fully immerse the installation space with the scent of my bodily aromas, I collaborated with the re-known professional perfumer Yann Vasnier of Givaudan and scent director Dawn Goldworm of 12.29 on synthetically reconstituting the organic essences for diffusion. These aromas were released inside a specially designed scent chamber into which visitors could enter and partake in a solitary experience.

A selection of ten original organic essences were displayed in tear shaped chemistry vials, which rested in hand-blown glass stands. Three candles, made of paraffin that was scraped off my body and melted into 250 ml chemistry beakers, were also exhibited. As bottled performances of my biological functions, these art objects challenged the devaluation of the body and the cultural denial of complex, corporal communication.


Brian Goeltzenleuchter Odophonics: A performance for scent and chamber ensemble (2016)
Odophonics, a performance for scent and musicians, is an ongoing collaboration between Sean Francis Conway and Brian Goeltzenleuchter. The performance is a jumping off point to explore Piesse’s Odophone to test new propositions about how one experiences smell, particularly in relation to sound. The musical component in Odophonics uses Minimalist structures such as consonant harmony, drones and polyrhythms to create gradual chord transformations. All the notes in this ambient soundscape can be found on Piesse’s scale. As the performers play the composition, Goeltzenleuchter releases the corresponding scent notes in time. Each scent is faithfully derived from Piesse’s scale. Together, the musical and olfactory harmonics gradually shift. Specific to the performance is the question: What relationships exist between concurrent perceptions of smell and sound?


Koo Jeong A Before the Rain (2011)
A visitor stepping into Koo Jeong A’s installation for the Dia Art Foundation at the Hispanic Society of America may be overwhelmed by an unexpected assault on the senses. Like a cedar closet, the almost empty gallery has its own distinct aroma, in this case an olfactory artwork, entitled Before the Rain, which is meant to capture the atmosphere of an Asian city on a steamy day. Over a three-month period, the Korean artist worked with perfumer Bruno Jovanovic of International Flavors & Fragrances, a leading company in the design of synthetic scents, who distilled her memories and impressions into an amalgam of smells—dry woods, minerals, fern, musk, tars, and lichens—to summon the sensation the artist remembered.


Federico Diaz LacrimAu (2010)
LacrimAu directly reacts to the emotional state of individual visors. The testing room with a monumental sculpture in the shape of a human tear cast of pure gold serves as a basic interface. The shape of the reference point of the human tear has been selected due to a large scope of connotations in meaning with which it is wrapped up. On the basal level, the tear can represent the dichotomy of joy and sadness. The visitor himself sits in the glass cube and is equipped with EEG sensors registering his brain activity. Experienced emotions, provoked by hectic surroundings are intensified and concentrated through the reference point of the golden tear and through the data flow they become bio signals. Each signal frequency then has actual essence of various plants assigned. The test results then form a material state consisting of individually mixed fragrance. The smell as one of the primary human senses mediates the emotional recording of the moment and fixes it in the memory. Thus, it is much easier to recall the situation when smelling it again.


Kristoffer Myskja Smoking Machine (2007)
The Norwegian artist Kristoffer Myskja creates complex kinetic sculptures that operate like a perpetuum mobile. With his Smoking Machine, we are presented with the absurd idea of a machine that smokes cigarettes and produces a fume that is thoroughly detrimental to health – human death.


Wolfgang Georgsdorf Smeller 2.0 (2012)
SMELLER is a genuine organ, an olfactokinetic art device for composing, producing, interpreting, programming, recording, storing and playing back compositions made up of scents and scent chords. With the scent organ, thousands of scents can be played in place of music notes. They exude pure music for the nose, abstract or narrative, besides offering further possibilities to combine scents and commingle them with sound, image, film, theater or dance.


DSR Scent Card Dispenser (2013)
DSR’s installation for “The Art of the Scent” embraces the ephemeral purity of olfactory art itself. Their minimalist exhibition is, like any good minimalist work, more complex than it first appears. The architects lined three walls of the nearly empty gallery space with a row of gently sloping, almost organic “dimples.” Each identical dimple is a card dispenser that shoots out a card as a visitor approaches. When the card is withdrawn its holder is met with an automatic burst of fragrance released by a hidden diffusion machine. I was told the burst doesn’t represent the scents’ “top notes” as one might expect, but more closely resembles the lingering trail of each commercial fragrance—as if a woman had recently walked through the room wearing the perfume. The scent hovers in the air for a few seconds then disappears completely. And no one has to worry about leaving the exhibition smelling like a perfume sample sale because every exhibited fragrance has been specially modified to resist sticking on skin or clothes. The ephemerality of perfume is reinforced by the illuminated wall texts explaining each scent, which periodically disappear completely, leaving the gallery devoid of anything but pure olfactory art.


Lygia Clark Máscaras Sensoriais (1967 – 1968)
Clark’s Máscaras Sensoriais [Sensory Masks], enveloped participants’ heads in sculptural hoods. Tucked into the hood’s folds were sachets of varied textures and aromas (lavender, cloves, a salty seaside odor). Combined with a disorienting reduction of visual stimuli, these sachets would spur participants’ disengagement with their visual surroundings in favor of a rediscovery of bodily experience and an immersive inner world.




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