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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The Necks


Vertigo - The Necks -

Anyone who has had the pleasure of seeing this trio perform knows they are peerless. I've seen them regularly over the last three decades and, in that time, witnessed perhaps two shows which di...
Hauser & Worth


Anj Smith - Phosphor Of The Palms - Hauser & Worth - London

Perhaps it is the small scale of these works, the exquisite precision of the painting, the preciosity of Smith's technique, but they are uniformly engrossing in ways often unavailable to monume...
Ai Weiwei


Ai Weiwei - Royal Academy - London

Several years in the planning and informed significantly by the artist's parallel discipline of architecture, this ambitious show was designed remotely during Ai's lengthy "grounding&q...
Thames & Hudson


The World Atlas Of Tattoo - Anna Felicity Friedman - Thames & Hudson

This is a comprehensive, art-historical survey of the history and contemporary practice of tattooing. Friedman is a historian of the tattoo with an acute sense of thematic evolution and its extrapo...
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...
Thames & Hudson

Listening To Stone, The Life And Art Of Isamu Noguchi - Hayden Herrera - Thames & Hudson

This biography, assembled from correspondence, interviews and extensive research, is that rare thing: an invisible text. By this I mean that the writing is so direct, so self effacing in serving its subject, that the account it conveys feels like a direct memory. Herera has the skill to deploy words deftly enough that they carry information and nuance without leaving a trace of the author upon ...
Late Night Tales

Late Night Tales - Nils Frahm

Coincidentally, as I received this new disc,  I was musing over the wonderful cassette compellations my friends and I used to make for each other decades ago. I'm not sure I can think of a more personal gift than a selection of music, carefully curated, mixed and laboriously transferred to tape. This release, the latest in the ongoing Late Night Tales series, has the feel of a highly p...
Lauren Coleman.

Catch - Lindsey Adelman

Catch is a collection of lights designed by Lindsey Adelman. The forms suggest clusters of hanging plant life or insect larvae. There is an unexpected formal integrity which looks alien, beautiful and ordered all at once. Sometimes a designer manages to describe forms which feel as though they might usurps the materials used and move them into a new grammar of behavior. Lighting is littered wit...
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, Frederik 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...


Cardamom, Incense, Cinnamon, Amber, Benzoin, Pimento Berries, Gaiac Wood, and Ebony - A striking and elusive scent with phantoms of aromatic woods and the warmth of cinnamon. Ultimately discreet, it's more a dialogue with yourself than with your surroundings.
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Lavishly inventive, an evocation of ancient Rome loosely derived from fragments of a text by Petronius. The images and sounds are so vivid and exotic as to activate the other senses by default.

Institut Du Monde Arabe

As a center for Arab culture with galleries, libraries, archives and performance spaces, the building's elegantly sober exterior encloses a structure bursting with beauty,  ideas and innovations.
John Locke

Lightning Field

An installation of 400 stainless steel poles in a perfect grid measuring one mile by one kilometer.
More Ikura

Art Site Naoshima

A complex of buildings including the museum, an annex and the Minami- dera Art House Project
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24 Hour Psycho

Alfred Hitchcock's film Psycho slowed down to two frames per second so it lasts twenty four hours.

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.