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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Thames & Hudson


Cartier In The 20th Century - Margaret Young-Sánchez - Thames & Hudson

Cartier's long history of ultra-lux design and fabrication, of contriving ever more splendid vehicles for ornament, reveals a fascinating order of objects in which function is utterly secondary...
Antony Crolla


Issey Miake store - London - Tokujin Yoshioka

Designer Tokujin Yoshioka currently seems to own the idea of crystalline precision and reductive beauty. His practice spans interiors, furniture, elaborate installed environments and objects. Havin...
Jesse Kanda


LP1 - FKA Twiggs -

After the perfect jewel that was EP1, FKA Twiggs produces this brittle, elegant album of dimension-hopping loveliness. Hovering somewhere just beyond the zone in which music solidifies into familia...
Nadav Kander


Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age - Barbican - London

Very few of us are lucky enough to form opinions about global architecture through extensive direct experience. Indeed when people are asked to name their ten favorite buildings, more often than no...
Pierre Huyghe


Human Mask - Pierre Huyghe - Hauser & Worth - London

I have to commend this film while giving the reader as little information as possible so you might come to it as I did, completely unprepared. That it involves a human mask is difficult to withhold...


Cuir d'Ange - Jean-Claude Ellena - Hermés

In what will be one of his parting gestures as Jean-Claude Ellena passes the baton at Hermés to Christine Nagel, he makes certain his legacy is set in stone. Ellena is, despite his exclusive...
Thames and Hudson


How To Write About Contemporary Art - Gilda Williams - Thames & Hudson

This may at first seem an odd inclusion on DTA but bear with me. So much of what we examine here is about observation: the process of perception through the senses, of making sense of the world. Wh...
Fondazione Prada


Art Or Sound - Fondazione Prada - Venice

This historical survey charts the relationship between art and sound from early allusions to the audible in the pictorial through the fascination with sounding automata and impossible instruments t...
Marian Goodman Gallery

Marian Goodman Gallery London - David Adjaye

As London's recession grinds on, we welcome yet another New York power-dealer arriving with another huge and splendid exhibition space. Architect David Adjaye has deftly remodeled what seems to have been a warehouse in the center of Soho into one of the most beautiful galleries in the city. If a gallery space can be more chapel than white cube and effectively predispose viewers toward awest...

MESHUGGAH - The Ophidian Trek

Last year's world tour saw Swedish Math Metal shockwave Meshuggah in seismically pulverizing form. I can vouch for live shows of astonishing brilliance. This box set of recordings documents both the band's  crushing live presence and the synapse - fraying complexity of their performances. The DVD gives some tiny inkling of the energy which drives their playing. A great memento-mori...
Factory Fifteen

The Bug - Function/Void - Factory Fifteen

The Bug's magisterial second album Angels & Devils has already done what second albums regularly fail to do and surpassed all expectations. In a rare and near perfect marriage of sound and image Factory Fifteen have perfectly distilled the spirit of Kevin Martin's urban psychic cataclysm. Yet somewhere in the exquisite design of this film is a buried hymn to the late, great architec...

Fallingwater Light and Sound show - Luftwerk

The creative duo of Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero formed Luftwerk to develop immersive sculptural installations,  often featuring projection mapping and the ingenious manipulation of existing and familiar surfaces with light. This commission from the Fallingwater foundation produced a lively meditation on the context and dynamism of Frank Lloyd Wright's astounding (and, yes, ge...
Alexander Alexeieff and Claire Parker

Le Nez - Animated Film - 1963 - Alexander Alexeieff and Claire Parker

Made using their own creation, the Pin Screen this astounding animation seems even more amazing when you know the Pin Screen consisted of one million headless steel pins   in a board which had to be pushed in arrangements into or out of an oblique light source to create each frame of the film. The design, animation and pictorial narrative are so beguiling, the rendering of the Gogol story ...
David Maisel

History's Shadow - X-ray Photographs - David Maisel

The paradox of photography has always been the elimination of both time and 3 dimensional space in the service of their recording. Rendering a world of surfaces down still further into a single plane has a thrilling sense of reductive fatality to it. The x-ray offers (in much the way flight and scuba diving do) a moment of escape from our surface bound existence. Suddenly we can see through the...

Omote - Real-time face tracking and projection mapping from Asai Nobumichi and his team.

Asai Nobumichi has produced this astonishing, live face-tracking project which takes techniques we have seen used with dancers and robots just one huge step further. The precision and accuracy demonstrated here with a live model feel streets ahead of anything demonstrated to date. it is easy to extrapolate applications which will doubtless be dazzling.The projection device might soon be worn by...
Johnathan McCabe

Johnathan McCabe - generative images from diffraction and diffusion computation

It is often in experimental science-based works like those of Jonathan McCabe that we see the seeds of imminent generative algorithms for the gaming environments and CGI which will further saturate our cinemas. These simulations of familiar material growth and behavior are uncanny and seductive as they offer the strange and the familiar in equal measure. As our sense of what is real, indeed of ...
Paul Schütze


A 200 foot fall of brilliant white water which crashes to the ground and then drains quietly into the sea beyond. This fall offers a most unusual vantage point in that one can virtually stand directly in front of it.
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Music for Eighteen Muscicians

A pulsing,minimal musical work which uses very subtle, microscopically precise shifts in timing and timbral arrangement to create some breathtaking aural and temporal illusions.
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The Fountainhead

A film often credited with introducing the ideas of modernist architecture to the US public. It certainly captures the timeless drama of building with other people's money.

Eau Noire

Immortelle, Lavender, Cedar, and Vanilla - Darkly delicious, with a core of vanilla polished with lavender hovering over a humid plane of woods.
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Space Station

Discovered adrift and apparently deserted by a group of astronauts, the station resists all attempts to define the limits of its shape and size.
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The Five Senses: A Philosophy Of Mingled Bodies

This is an exhaustive philosophical treatise from an empirical, physical (body oriented) perspective. Recently translated into English, the writing at best trills with brilliantly articulate, poetic evocations of the action of the world upon our senses. At its worst it groans with redundant (yet inexplicably persistent) hymns to French primacy in all creative endeavor. The sections on gastronom...
Paul Schütze

Queen Mary's Rose Garden

A circular form garden in which hundreds of rose varieties are displayed in spectacular formation.
Paul Schütze

Leviathan Thot

A vast, temporary installation of stretched and suspended Lycra forms filled with Styrofoam spheres. The impression within the grandeur of the Pantheon was of an elaborate organic growth with its own contrasting language of forms.