Brilliance or Bullshit? Concepts in Fragrance – A New Fragrant Event

Thursday 01 September 2011 – 19:00 – 20:00

Get your bullshit detectors and brilliance radars at the ready we are going to uncover the truth and lies embedded in the concepts of fragrance, performance and everyday life! The Candy Perfume Boy returns to the loft as part of the Instability-in-Stability project where he and Cara will decipher just what performance and perfume can evoke in us, questioning how influenced our opinions of the these illustrious industries are by what we read in press releases, project blurbs and reviews.

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A Special Fragrant Event – The Videos

A massive thank you to everyone who viewed the special fragrant event for the Instability-in-Stability Loft Project. We had a great discussion about scent memory and it was excellent to have such a fantastic interaction from our viewers.

Above is Part 1 (of 6) of the event for those of you who missed it or for those who would like to watch it again. If you have any comments or thoughts about the event or about scent memory then please leave a comment in the box below the jump.

Apologies for taking so long to get the videos on here but I’ve had some problems with LiveStream and embedding.

Parts 2-6 below the jump…

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Gone, But Not Forgotten Series Part 1: Pierce My Heart Again – Alexander McQueen Kingdom Perfume Review

This week my good friend Cara and I will be teaming up to create a special fragrant event as part of her Instability-in-Stability project. During the event we will both be discussing our scented memories as teenagers. Thinking about the subject matter I thought it would be apt to review the first fragrance that I fell in love with, the one that started the obsession; Kingdom by Alexander McQueen.

At the tender age of 16 (it feels so long ago now), I wasn’t really fussed about fragrance, I would wear generic ‘boy’ fragrances such as Hugo Boss and Paul Smith and the fragrances I wore were normally gifted to me by relatives. That was, until Kingdom came along…

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A Special Fragrant Event – Instability-in-Stability (The Loft Project)

In a dark dark loft there was a dark dark box and in the dark dark box there is a world of memories and secrets waiting for you to unravel…

My good friend and Performance Artist & Digital Archivist, Cara Davies is currently running a practice-led research project exploring how strategies for archive construction can be activated as a live artwork and digitally mediated performance.

Five days a week for 12 weeks Cara will be dedicating her time to building an archive of her stored belongings. She will identify, organise and catalogue her life.

Next Friday, The Candy Perfume Boy and the Instability-In-Stability project will be teaming up to discuss scent/olfactory memory and the smells and fragrances of their teenage years.

I hope that you can join us between 19:00 and 20:00 GMT on Friday 12 August 2011 for this event, which will be broadcast live on LiveStream. If you have any suggestions or thoughts about our discussion please don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments box below.

You can catch Cara in the loft all of this week live on LiveStream.