Une Affaire de Creux et des Bosses
2010. HD video, 27', color, no sound. Preview video documentation of screening of the film at Cinema Nimas, Lisbon, Portugal.
To be shown in cinema theaters only, along with the gradual diffusion of the perfume, Parfum a la Guillotine, an historical remake of a perfume from the period of the French Revolution, commissioned to a parfumer for each screening. Cinema photographs by Susana Pomba.
"Une affaire de creux et de bosses (2011) is a single screening which prolongs the exhibition at Kunsthalle Lissabon. It brings together a 30 minute-long HD video and the diffusion of a historical perfume, allowing for both a visual and olfactory experience. In the video, the camera pans through several views of the Louvre, in Paris, and more specifically, through its collections of Egyptian, classic, medieval and baroque statuary. The vistas are collected from a book of prints which depicts in three-dimensions (3D) the spaces of the museum's collections.
Parfum à la Guillotine (2011), developed with parfumier Lourenço Lucena for this single screening, is a recreation of the perfume devised to counteract a decrease in perfume sales caused by the French Revolution.
Evoking the short-lived sixties' experiences of smell-o-vision, in which scents were released during the projection of a film, the artist intends to superimpose the oddity of a perfume created in the image of the guillotine to the unsettling touristic prints of the Louvre, tainted by the blue and red reminiscent of the first experiments with 3D technology. This event thus develops as a sort of mise en abîme of references to the revolutionary iconoclasm that founded the first museum in a royal palace and invented for itself the symbol of pillage in name of a visual history that the museum would then establish, crystalize and return to all democratic people."
Kunsthalle Lissabon, 2012, "The Organization of Forms