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.

The Fountainhead

King Vidor

feature film

1949


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.

hearing

While it might seem a detail, the film makes great use of the sound of traffic as a signifier of bustling, forward-looking modernism. The sleek lines of the protagonist's architectural designs have much in common with automobiles of the future, with ideas of speed and efficiency. The aural motif of both traffic sound and of the construction machinery featured in many scenes reinforce this drama between a gentie, static past and an urgent thrusting future epitomised by modernist architecture and the cult of the individual.

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