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.

An Olfactory Archive: 1738 - 1969
California College of the Arts.


An Olfactory Archive: 1738 - 1969

In a fascinating attempt to move the focus away from historical reconstruction of formal speculation or the ocularcentric revisioning of spaces, this project brings together historians, perfumers and chemists to rebuild historical olfactory environments. To do this, the nature of olfaction demands a deep engagement in the very life of a space, the life of materials, occupants, rural and or industrial contexts, all are present in the olfactive spectrum of place and time.  Indeed, ironically, there is possibly no sense which encompasses quite so much of life, through quite such an ephemeral stimulus. The project includes Jorge Otero Pailos’ Olfactory Reconstruction of Philip Johnson’s Glass House and Christopher Brossius’ aromatic reconstruction of a 19th century library. Check website for access dates.