Anna Novakov (born in Belgrade, lives in the United States) operates as a writer, curator and independent artist whose practice currently focuses on the transitory modalities of the olfactory and gastronomic arts. By focusing on spaces of interdisciplinary contamination, Novakov (Ph.D. New York University) is able to unpack historical events through an interdependent artistic lens. The author of dozens of books, articles and exhibition catalogues, Novakov is Senior Curator of Provisional Art Space (New York), Art and Technology contributor to Art Press (Paris) and a Vice President (USA) of the AICA - International Association of Art Critics (Paris). She teaches workshops in the olfactory and gastronomic arts at the San Francisco Art Institute and is publisher of Base Camp Press (New York). Current projects include Phobic Smells (series of scented zines), Red Leather (an olfactory radio play about 1960s Belgrade), Linger: Scent in 20th Century Cinema (book) and Black Carbon (museum exhibition), Petrichor: An Olfactory Opera (performance) and Baked Goods: Olfactory Memories of Home in the Work of Yugoslav Artists in the Diaspora (book chapter).
My curatorial interests focus on the intersection of public and private space. The relationship between scent (olfactory art) and public space (the outdoors) lends itself to works that are discrete and challenge the occularscentrism of the art world. By facilitating artists who use olfactory stimulants as ways of addressing social issues, I am encouraging the act of flaireurie (poor cousin of the much-talked about flâneur) -- to lead by the nose.
TRACE: Wayfinding In Contemporary New Media Art - MoCA Salon, Belgrade
Ron Hutt, Volume Series
Refusalon, San Francisco, 2015
“Bel Canto: Contemporary Artists Explore Opera.” Art Press. April 2019.
Urban Whiff is a series of olfactory books that capture the unique smells of various cities. The ongoing project is curated by Provisional Art Spaces [PAS], published by Base Camp Press and printed by Paper Chase Press in Los Angeles. In 2018, Base Camp published UW: Belgrade, UW: Berlin and UW: London in association with art projects at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Belgrade), Agora Collective (Berlin) and Rufus Stone Performance Space (London). Each volume has been fully illustrated and infused with a unique fragrance by New Mexico-based olfactory artist Anna Novakov. The limited-edition series is intended to be a conceptual work of art as well as a portable reminder of various urban spaces.
The Smell of War is a series of tiny, scented books. Each volume has been hand-made and infused with a unique fragrance. The limited-edition series is intended to be a conceptual work of art as well as a portable reminder of the ills of war.