The Aroma of Tea

2006, Michaël Dudok de Wit

Posted by John Martz, April 29, 2020

A single dot moves rhythmically across an abstract landscape of inky tea-coloured stains. One could assume, from the title, that this dot is meant to be a scent molecule, perhaps traveling the circuitous path from a freshly-brewed cup of tea into one's olfactory receptors. But it's abstract enough to feel as familiar as any epic journey, and we get a sense of having watched an entire life, from birth to death. Or, hey, listen, maybe it's just a cool dot.