Launched on May the 7th - 2016
at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.
50 mL eau de parfum
16 page, two-color risograph booklet, printed by Colpa Press.
Edition of 99
Collaborative project with two noses: Antonio Gardoni of Bogue Profumo and Bruno Fazzolari
The term cadavre exquis refers to the game originated by the surrealist artists of the 1920s. In the game, players collectively assemble words or images to create a poem or drawing, with each player making a contribution of his own while totally unaware of the others’. The result is unpredictable and always surprising. The name itself comes from one of the first assembled sentences as reported by surrealist André Breton: “Le cadavre exquis boira le vin nouveau.” (“The exquisite corpse shall drink the new wine.”)
Antonio Gardoni (Bogue Profumo - Italy) and Bruno Fazzolari (Bruno Fazzolari Studio - USA) adapted the game for perfumes. They planned and played their game for over a year: swapping, adding and assembling scents, formulas, perfume samples, texts and drawings. The only rule was a keyword: “gourmand” —a popular sweet-fragrance that has been called “insulting to perfumer’s craft.” It is a category of perfume that neither of the two perfumers had ever explored.
The result is a challenging, experimental eau de parfum produced and bottled in Bruno’s artisan lab in San Francisco. It is a “creature” made of strangely mismatched parts, a smelly Frankenstein, a “monster” that fights against the obvious. Notes include: blood orange, camphor, ylang-ylang, tagetes, dried fruit, star anise, chocolate, cypress, benzoin, vanilla and civet.
Cadavre Exquis is produced as an artist’s edition that combines fragrant and visual elements, it includes a perfume and a booklet documenting the collaborative exchange, printed by Colpa Press, San Francisco.