Ralf Schwieger is the Department of Olfactory Art's (at the MaD Museum in NYC) first Artist in Residence. During Ralf’s residence, which is described on the museum’s website here and here , he will publicly create a work of olfactory art in the 6th Floor’s beautiful glass-walled Artist Studios. Every raw material synthetic and natural is there for the Museum’s visitors to smell, as well as every mod. Visitors are interacting freely with Ralf, asking him questions (most of which he says he’s found, a bit to his surprise, quite interesting; we have smart visitors) and smelling his work.
Chandler Burr, the curator of the exhibition and art director of this project, asked Schwieger to work on an idea of ginger and another idea of spearmint. Each week, Ralf is taking the most promising mod, printing it out, and putting its complete formula on the wall so that visitors are able to watch the work as it evolves. Ralf is in residence every Thursday.