Dressing The Air is the brainchild of the London-based artist Paul Schütze.

In a career spanning 30 years, Schütze has exhibited his photographic and installation works in galleries and museums around the world, released over thirty albums of original recordings, scored a number of films and performed numerous concerts. He has collaborated with artists such as James Turrell, Josiah McElheny and Isaac Julien and musicians as diverse as Bill Laswell, Raoul Björkenheim, Toshinori Kondo, Lol Coxhill and Jah Wobble.

Dressing The Air is a unique open resource that aims to enrich creative thinking by encouraging a multi-sensory approach. A constantly evolving archive and creative news feed, Dressing The Air monitors and reports on a diverse range of art-forms from cinema to sculpture, painting to furniture design, land-art to perfumery.


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Royal Academy


Joseph Cornell - Royal Academy

From a modest body of work constructed in quiet obscurity, Cornell's influence continues to resonate throughout the cultural landscape. Something universal in the urge to capture and classify, ...


Agnus Martin - Tate Modern

Tate Modern have installed a superlative selection of Martin's transcendent oeuvre. There is no doubt that at least an element of her relative obscurity (particularly in relation to her male co...
David Zwirner


Black Mould - Michaël Borremens - David Zwirner London

This show has been thoughtfully installed in the gallery spaces, enclosed by the high, dark painted walls and precisely lit with framed spots. For the most part the works are small, meticulously pa...
Bruce Conner


Crossroads - Bruce Conner - Thomas Dane, London.

Crossroads is an important document in the history of the moving image. Made in 1976, Conner uses some of the extravagant mountain of government documentation made during the Bikini Atol atomic tes...
Mack - Media Space


Revelations - Experiments in Photography - Media Space - MACK

This book serves as a catalog for the current show at the London Science Museum's Media Space but it more than stands on it's own. A survey of the tremendously important role played in cont...
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Michal Rovner - Panorama - Pace London

The multi-screen video works Rovner presents for this show manage to confound virtually every expectation one might bring to works in this medium. Eschewing any notion of narrative, displacing idea...
David Zwirner


Carol Bove - The Plastic Unit - David Zwirner - London

Carol Bove's investigations into materiality, the power of context and the grammar of forms are rigorous and seductive. The works, which combine both found and constructed elements are vividly ...
Ryoji Ikeda


Supersymmetry - Ryoji ikeda - Vinyl Factory - London

Ryoji Ikeda's work has consolidated over the last two decades into an aesthetics of information. At once transcendent and acutely ornamental, the sonic/optical fusion of digital data is designe...
Rubén D’hers

Chords Tunnel #1 - Rubén D’hers

Using tiny servo motors to agitate beaters and plectrums is not a new idea. I've seen literally dozens of sound-works over the decades which have done this with varying degrees of success. The real point is the physical placement of multiple acoustic sound sources within a space and the complexity/beauty of the resulting sonic environment. Chords Tunnel #1 is a highly effective deployment o...

The World Beyond Your Head - Matthew Crawford -

While this may at first seem a puzzling inclusion on DTA, it is, despite ranging freely through philosophical and political enquiry, a book concerned with our direct experience of the world. The author argues very elegantly for a resumption of physical engagement in actions which are increasingly disembodied. Not only is the finite recourse of our attention being fought over with increasing fer...
ORO Editions

Horror In Architecture - Joshua Comaroff & Ong Ker-Shing

If it contained nothing more than the joyful riffing on semi-detached housing as essentially bi-polar, this book would make a splendid read. As it is, the authors mine the links between horror's visceral tropes and the creeping distortions which characterize even the most innocuous of buildings. This is a hugely enjoyable series of musings on the social pathology represented so emphatically...
Curiosity Studio

Curiosity Essence bottle - Gwenael Nicholas

We all accept the premise that every moment leading to an experience informs our predisposition to it. The senses build a narrative around all encounters which is why the voodoo of packaging has such a persuasive hold over the consumer experience. Architecture (BIG packaging) can use the same promise and reveal to great effect. This bottle design effortlessly conveys an exquisite image of pure ...

Sense Of Smell - Marcel Van Brakel, Wander Eikelboom, Frederic Duerinck

This collection of projects, articles and essays emerges from some pretty adventurous course-work in Breda. Centering around olfaction in all its many manifestations, the anthology covers experimental sensory work, art projects, commercial applications, historical critiques (a fascinating piece about little known Futurist preoccupations with smell) and current thinking about the science of smel...
Kristof Brandl

Le Fantôme - video - Kristof Brandl

This video for Monogrenade, at first glance, seems to hark back to the rather particular 70's surrealism of Hypnosis with several favorite tropes (nonchalant combustion, empty swimming pools) revisited. However, underpinning the eye/mind candy, a rigorous, more Ballardian intention lurks. The protagonist is seeking, through the uncomfortable administration of drugs to rebuild memories of pa...
Neela Vermeire

Pichola - Neela Vermeire

Neela Vermeire's collaboration with perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour continues here with their fifth perfume, Pichola. Named after the spectacular lake in Udaipur and sharing a character of echoing reflections, of limpid, hazy tranquility, Pichola is clearly part of the cross-cultural narrative already established in the earlier works. While I could spend time here parsing the construction of this ...
Lewis Ronald

I am here but you've gone - Fiorucci Trust - London

Artists Adam Christensen, Patrizio Di Massimo, Adham Faramawy, Ed Fornieles, Celia Hempton, Mary Ramsden, Magali Reus and Prem Sahib have each developed olfactory works as part of a program sponsored by the Fioricci Trust. In collaboration with London based company Creative Perfumers, the artists were encouraged to embrace smell as part of their existing practice. The results are currently...

Vetiver Extraordinaire

Bergamot, Bigarade Orange, Pink pepper, Nutmeg, Floralozone, Haïtain Vetyver, Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Oak moss, Myrrh, Cashmeran, Musketone, Tonalide - A triumph of earthy, smoky opacity laden with gleaming detail and subtle flashes of light. It evolves constantly around the wearer. Like wearing the phantom of an impossibly majestic forest.
Josiah McElheny

Model For Total Abstractive Reflection

A grouping of complex, mirror surfaced glass forms on an entirely mirrored  dias.
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The Nightingale Floor

A wooden floor cunningly crafted to produce the sound of nightingales in response to the pressure of footfalls. Both an entertainment and a defense it would immediately alert it's owner to the presence of intruders.
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A young Catherine Deneuve goes dangerously mad in this unforgettable psycho-sexual thriller.
Florian Holzherr

Deer Shelter

A sky space augmenting the remains of an 18th-century deer shelter in the grounds of the sculpture park.
David Maisel

Oblivion 7n

One of a series of aerial photographs of Los Angeles. With its inverted tones and forensic detail this image captures the idea of a city as a cybernetic infestation of the landscape. With one image the photographer endows the city with as much mystery and menace as a dozen sprawling crime novels.
Guido Guidi

Brion-Vega Cemetery

A private walled family cemetery incorporating structures, water and complex landscaping. His final work, the architect himself is buried here


Arbutus, Fig Leaf, Cut Grass and Myrtle - A unusually refined and tenacious haze of sunlit, verdant green, this scent irresistibly relocates the senses to a zone of Mediterranean air and light.