Special Fragrant Event: Scenting Our Past
Friday 12th August 2011
Born-Digital Archive Reference Code: IiS_P.B.46_2011-08-13_Scenting_Our_Past
This file is no longer available due to a resource failure in the archive control procedures of the proprietary live streaming provider for Instability in Stability. You can gain an alternative perspective on tonight’s performance via the Live Stream Chat Room documentation situated below.*
This evening Instability in Stability welcomed The Candy Perfume Boy (aka Thomas Dunckley) as my co-host in the loft. For the second time Tom has graced the rafters with his presence (I first had the pleasure of hosting him and Kirsty on 11th June at the Guest and Games event). On this first occasion we unraveled our joyful recollections of childhood memories through playing games and sharing a picnic of nostalgic culinary delights. This time we wanted to team up and celebrate our inner geeks combining Tom’s passion for perfume and my drive to activate archives!
The Special Fragrant event was a platform for us to discuss scent/olfactory memory and the smells and fragrances of our teenage years.
It was an absolutely fantastic evening, not only because I had my best friend in the loft but because of Tom’s incite into the perfume industry and the compositions of scents. It was truly fascinating to learn more about how perfume can trigger memories and to hear how Tom’s (and our viewers’) past experiences are activated by certain perfumes and scents.
Tom is somewhat of a perfume connoisseur having developed an obsession at an early age. He runs his own blog as The Candy Perfume Boy where he regularly reviews a wide range of brands and designs of perfumes. His addiction extends beyond the remit of his website to twitter, where he is one half of @FragrantReviews, a news feed that aims to get rid of the supflous waffle of long reviews, and straight to the heart of what you want to know about a perfume in 140 characters or less. Tom is well qualified then to lead a loft session on scent taking myself and the viewers down a smelly lane of memory….!
Our lane meandered through the ideas of:
Olfactation and Olfactory
Perfumes through our teenage years
Smells that remind us of home
Scents that transport us to another time and place
Smells that provide us with comfort
Favourite food smells
The intriguing part of tonight’s broadcast was the incredible response we had on the chat. The chat room was ‘off-the-hook’ with interesting ancedotes, ruminations and questions about scents, memories and experiences attributed to smells. Below is an excerpt of the conversation from this evening’s event. A huge apology that the writing starts part way through the text. I had not realised that the chat room can only retain a certain amount of entries after a certain number of lines. This is a shame as we no longer have a record of the whole conversation from the beginning of the event but I need to think of it as a positive as we only found this constraint out due to the numerous and fabulous comments and interactions we had through tonight’s broadcast. I’d like to say a massive massive thank you to everyone who watched and participated in tonight’s broadcast:
lijmoo2, Kirsty, nickgblue, Emma (and Will), JoannElaine, TomsBrother, Oliver, CPBfan, and to the other viewers who wished to remain anonymous/silent witnesses 🙂
Excerpts from today’s conversations as documented in the Live Stream Chat Room:
lijmoo2: there's sandalwood and coconut too if i recall right Kirsty: hahaha! Kirsty: hahaha cara what??? lijmoo2: your associations must be different to perfume then as a result?? lijmoo2: that's interesting.. lijmoo2: lamb meat smells really sour lijmoo2: that's a powerful reaction lijmoo2: my friend beside me is groaning at the thought of that! nickgblue: And also smells like a stainless steel sink! lijmoo2: a stainless steel sink... oooh lijmoo2: i love cointreau! nickgblue: Verdant is incredible considering it's entirely synthetic and just 5 molecules lijmoo2: i read your review too Thomas on Get Lippie of the Pentachords - really sounds tempting now, especially Verdant after your saying now nickgblue: I think it's the Ambrein that he uses in all his fumes - I don't smell it in the pentachords. (sorry for being a geek) nickgblue: that makes you allergic I mean tom lijmoo2: ambrein is that a synthetic? nickgblue: yes it's present in ambergris lijmoo2: oooh Becks, yes :) lijmoo2: wishing trees? Kirsty: sounds amazing JoanElaine: lovely memories lijmoo2: yes sounds really idylic lijmoo2: yay for geeks and knowledge tomsbrother: NATHAN Kirsty: NATHAN!!!!!!!!!!! TheLoftProject: instability in instability tomsbrother: Ayyy :D lijmoo2: ooh very cool :) Emma: this is an amazing project :-) JoanElaine: yes! nickgblue: I love Beautiful :) JoanElaine: Beautiful smells gorgeous on men JoanElaine: or my man, rather Kirsty: my mum wore anai anais :) Oliver: I remember my mum smelling of perfume when I was young, how strange that we share that memory nickgblue: My mum wore Coco lijmoo2: true Oliver - a shared memory JoanElaine: love coco - one of my all time faves tomsbrother: when i smell it, i remember that black dress mum wore lijmoo2: mine was Chanel Allure Essecntuale I think it's called Oliver: What did your dads smell like? I remember the distinct smell of my dad when he came home from work, it wasn't sweat nor fresh deodorant lijmoo2: thought it's been reformulated. typical tomsbrother: yep, she is XD nickgblue: My dad smelled like YSL Jazz, for years Oliver: Is that aftershave? I don't think my dad wore any nickgblue: Yes it is Oliver Oliver: Ah right JoanElaine: Coco is the smell of being 16 - it took me years to be able to wear again JoanElaine: yes. 16 was a rough year! lijmoo2: mine is ciggies Oliver: Hehe lijmoo2: lol JoanElaine: yes! JoanElaine: I;m 37 now - it took a while lijmoo2: good for him! lijmoo2: i love the first lit Oliver: They smell disgusting when they're burning imo and I smoke lijmoo2: with a match Oliver: It's terrible unless you're smoking yourself Kirsty: i like the smell of smoke, not too close up! lijmoo2: stale ones are bad lijmoo2: YES Oliver: Matches are sweet lijmoo2: matches are the best JoanElaine: KABOOM CPB_fan: Cigar smell > cig smell lijmoo2: jesus lijmoo2: lol Kirsty: yaya fun times lijmoo2: I LOVE THE SMELL OF THEM nickgblue: The smell of them is INCREDIBLE tomsbrother: Thats Awesome :D lijmoo2: my friend says it's new years for him Kirsty: save me one please! Kirsty: yes new years def!! lijmoo2: LOL Kirsty: hahahaha i know where this is going.... JoanElaine: cake is a gateway drug! lijmoo2: CAKE lijmoo2: DUST Kirsty: and the police would turn up as shoo us off. tomsbrother: I'm still atthat age :\ Emma: didnt you get moved on by the police for crumbs and cake once with natasha? Kirsty: i think the riot va turned up lolol lijmoo2: LOL TheLoftProject: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDMl1PbNflE nickgblue: That is *weird* lijmoo2: yeah it's odd lijmoo2: i have to say he's familiar to me :/ lijmoo2: yes lijmoo2: I think i've seen other things from him lijmoo2: around you tube lijmoo2: i don't know who he is or anything lijmoo2: yeah what's his beef? lijmoo2: kind of like a memory log? lijmoo2: CAKE! lijmoo2: i know what you're getting at that tho :) Kirsty: oooooooooh im hungry niw lijmoo2: awwwwwww Kirsty: hahaha looks like hes from a horror film Kirsty: scary!!! but i know what you mean, my lili was the same do you rememer him? tomsbrother: I had a noddy toy, i used to suck my thumb and use his yellow bell to tickle my nose :) Kirsty: i remember pinky!! lijmoo2: I had a teddy, Larry the Lamb lijmoo2: yes tomsbrother: Rupert = Tom's comfort smell lijmoo2: he had a hole in his belly where a babby lamb was Kirsty: isnt larry lamb in eastenders? lijmoo2: he was gender confiused Kirsty: cats smell lovely JoanElaine: nor mine nickgblue: :| lijmoo2: i like the smell of horses lijmoo2: yeah their seeat is fusty and sweet lijmoo2: like hay or something too lijmoo2: yes! lijmoo2: there't the obvious poo too lijmoo2: Dublin smells a little like it from time to time Kirsty: please bring that small later lijmoo2: yes i LOVE SM lijmoo2: so much Kirsty : smell* lijmoo2: what did you think? lijmoo2: oh we can meet! tomsbrother: ype, he is lijmoo2: yes he is nickgblue: yes, he's the new dumbledore lijmoo2: lofts and atics smell great lijmoo2: kind of fusty! Kirsty: agree lijmoo2: :D lijmoo2: i have a question lijmoo2: do you give away pefume when it reminds you of someone you don't want to be remind of? lijmoo2: or even, have you* lijmoo2: do you think it's possible to like it tomsbrother: I'm off guys :) Good Work! lijmoo2: not yet lijmoo2: i mean... Oliver: Hi? Oliver: Oh, other Olly Oliver: Ignore me! CPB_fan: what about a new partner who wears a scent which reminds you of an ex? lijmoo2: yeah that's interesting nickgblue: I'd have to get them to change it lijmoo2: i agree with nick Oliver: Doesn't each perfume smell different on each person? I read that some don't "work" well with one person lijmoo2: they'd have to put it away nickgblue: Yeah perfumes do change on people lijmoo2: yes - inappropriate memories Oliver: Oh right lijmoo2: i think body warmth has a part to play lijmoo2: cold people etc Kirsty: i find things smell really sharp on me Kirst: try to avoid the fruity things Emma ban: was just thinking about deoderant, shower gel and other scents that mix with perfum - do we know what they really smell like with all the other scents around? nickgblue: I can smell pretty much non stop lijmoo2: nail on the head yeah nickgblue: Cuz I work in perfume shops lijmoo2: i also think it helps to smell individual oils Kirsty: i can imagine you would get a headache a lot? lijmoo2: like, to learn the colours, you have to be shown the primiary ones lijmoo2: same idea lijmoo2: more or less... nickgblue: The background smell in perfume shops is 'invisible' to me. nickgblue: Ah i like that Liam :) lijmoo2: :) lijmoo2: see i don't know what iris smells like lijmoo2: like if no one showed me the colour purple lijmoo2: or told me what it was lijmoo2: i couldn't identify it lijmoo2: maybe i have lijmoo2: but i don't know lijmoo2: no one has told me otherwise lijmoo2: habit rouge? lijmoo2: oooooooh nickgblue: I love that carroty iris smell :D lijmoo2: :) oh thank you so much! lijmoo2: how is it carroty? nickgblue: it has that sweet carrot smell, quite often they put carrot oil + iris together in perfume lijmoo2: ooooooooh nickgblue: cook carrots in butter + honey. NOM. lijmoo2: i think i see it now, thanks Nick and you two lijmoo2: carrots and honey = yum : nickgblue: yes, Hiris especially nickgblue: has lots of carrot + iris together lijmoo2: i mgiht have to go now though :( JoanElaine: i enjoyed this very much. thank you to you both. lijmoo2: thank you so much for sharing and doing this! Kirsty: thanks you 2! lijmoo2: your welcome too Kirsty: nice talking to you all lijmoo2: :) nickgblue: thank you very much :) this has been fun to watch and interact! CPB_fan: hi! Emma: really enjoyed it peeps, thnx! JoanElaine: bye! Emma: bye CPB_fan: bye! lijmoo2: good luck! lijmoo2: byyeeee
*note added 25th April 2012