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.

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

27/09/14

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 not, at least half are favoured unvisited: through seductive images alone. We rely to a great extent on the easy transmission of images to bring the structures to us. This reliance has the unfortunate side effect of promoting architecture designed more for the camera than occupancy but it has also given photography a powerful role in shaping conversations and understanding around the discipline. The Barbican have made a characteristically thorough job of surveying key figures in the photography of the contemporary architectural landscape. From Bernice Abbott's early New York studies in which a waking colossus is identified through thrilling, partial views, always hinting at what is beyond the frame, to Hiroshi Sugimoto's phenomenological reductions in which the tremendous weight and mass of iconic structures threaten to tear the photographs from their mountings. This is a thoroughly absorbing show, beautifully designed and hung. While there are as many significant photographers omitted as included, the chosen group works perfectly as a cogent commentary on the crucial relationship between the entwined disciplines of architecture and photography.