ScentCulture.Tube zooms into the creative practices of the scent maverick Christophe Laudamiel.

The videos tell different stories from the perfumer’s studio: Step by step sheds light on different stages of the creative process. The video zooms into various situations of decision making and conveys an idea of its overall complexity. Wet Dog: Chasing the Villain portrays perfumers as detectives. The story starts with Christophe detecting a malodor in an advanced modification. What follows is a passionate search for its causes. It is important to bear in mind that the film footage was originally produced for research purposes and later selected because of this communicative value. The Naïve Child captures key elements of Christophe’s creative practice. In a narrative interview with the researcher Christophe reflects on how he approaches even well known ingredients.

ScentCulture.Tube provides access to edited ethnographic data we were able to generate in the field with Christophe Laudamiel in New York and Berlin. What we are particularly happy about are several videos capturing the mundane as well as the extraordinary in the work practice of this remarkable scent maverick…

In the context of our ethnographic research projects we learnt to explore scent as a creative way of life. We actually learnt this from people in the field. In particular, we learnt this from Christophe Laudamiel, a very special scent maverick whom we have been happy to follow (as an ethnographer puts it).

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