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.

Empire Of The Senses

David Howes (editor)

Berg (publisher)


A collection of essays from a stellar list of contributors in which our experience of the world through the senses is given central importance. Crossing numerous disciplines and approaches, this diverse company of thinkers offer wide ranging and incisive thoughts on how and why we absorb information from the world.


One contribution to this collection details the lives of a jungle  tribe for whom vision is supplanted in importance by hearing. The point is made that by the time the tribesmen can see human or animal predators it is too late. In the dense jungle, where sight lines are few,  they must hear danger well before it is in striking distance. Consequently the people have a mental image of the surrounding landscape which is as much aural as visual. 

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