IT WAS A TIME THAT WAS A TIME

A sublime destruction and fleeting utopia.

Since 2015.

still film IT WAS A TIME THAT WAS A TIME
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IT WAS A TIME THAT WAS A TIME is a smoky ambergris fragrance created between British artist Shezad Dawood & French perfumer Nicolas Bonneville. Released as both a sensory element in the Pioneer Works exhibition and a perfume, the fragrance contains dark, smoky, and incensed woods mixed with ambergris, marine overtones, and a touch of immortelle absolute.

It borrows its title from Shezad Dawood’s eponymous film (2015, 16.27 mins commissioned by Pioneer Works in Brooklyn).

(film extract)

IT WAS A TIME THAT WAS A TIME is the result of a free-form, collaborative filmmaking experiment, whereby participants took turns documenting each other living in a speculative community formed in response to a theoretical environmental cataclysm where rules of society, gender and relationships are given new expression.

Through a collaboration with French perfumer Nicolas Bonneville, another experiment was conducted to attempt to make an accompanying scent to this film that combined notes of destruction and decay, with beauty and novel forms of intimacy. As the experiment proceeded, it moved from being an accompanying scent, to the scent of the landscape, to the liberated scent of the people forming this imagined community.

Top: Marine accord, Ambergris
Heart: Patchouli, Suede, Violet, Tonka bean
Base: Musk, Incense, Immortelle
PerfumerNicolas Bonneville

 
 
 
Shezad Dawood (http://shezaddawood.com/) British artist Shezad Dawood works across film, painting and sculpture to juxtapose discrete systems of image, language, site and historical narrative. 

Shezad Dawood (http://shezaddawood.com/)

British artist Shezad Dawood works across film, painting and sculpture to juxtapose discrete systems of image, language, site and historical narrative. 

Presented as part of the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)’s Crossing the Line Festival 2015 with special thanks to Fragrance Resources, SCENTYS and SprayTheWorld.