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the political aroma

mercaptan, olfactory mixture of wiener schnitzel, beer, apple strudel
expires on: 2.3.2000

Viennese actionartist Robert Jelinek devotes a specifically Austrian fragrance to the EXPO 2000. The fragrance with the expiry date of 2.3.2000, the day on which the Austrian government was formed, will be exhibited as a 50ml flacon in a shipping container. Due to the intense concentration/dosage contained in the flacon, an invisible olfactory barrier of up to 50 meters will be created at the very center of the EXPO 2000 - thus confronting visitors to the world exhibition with a nasally insurmountable boundary. Only outside a radius of more than 100 meters is the original topnote of this specifically Austrian fragrance revealed.

Already two years ago, Robert Jelinek and his ultra-mobile Viennese label Sabotage Communications caused an international stir with "CaSH - The Scent of Money." CaSH corresponds to the fragrance of a freshly printed US $100 bill and was distilled by Sabotage into specially-created flacons (50ml, unisex, Eau de Toilette).

Coming soon: EURO-notes with various national aromas will be available. The scent of the Euro will hit the shops as a vacuum-sealed banknote and is intended for use as an air freshener.

With their current project "AirConditions," an olfactory exhibition throughout the city of Vienna (11-17 September 2000), Robert Jelinek and his team disclose new nasal pathways and try to revitalize an aesthetics of scent.

Contact :

Grazer Kunstverein
Tel. +43-316-834141
Fax +43-316-834142

- download the poster (C) Sabotage Communications 2000 -