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.

Julien Stair: Quietus
Somerset House


Julien Stair: Quietus

A profound and moving installation of Stair's extraordinary funerary vessels in what must surely be the most perfect possible setting. The Deadrooms beneath Somerset House are marked by memorials to house staff who died in service over a century ago. Placing this series of meditative and provocative works here is clearly done without glib motive. Stair's pieces range from huge jars in which a body could be stored upright to head sized drums intended for ashes. One of these drums, isolated at the furthest point of the space is formed of a porcelain in which the ashes of a dead friend substitute for the bone ash sometimes used. Two films of this friend accompany the work, one of old family movie footage , the other a series of dissolving chronologically ordered photographs. There is a recording of the friend's voice. As I watched, a single droplet of water fell from the ceiling beside the photographs. It felt as though the space itself was weeping at his loss. Quite wonderful.