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.


Patrick Suskind



The story of a prodigious sociopath whose sense of smell is so acute it entirely defines his personal identity and his relationship with others. Overwhelmed by his own senses and the relative insensibility of others he sets out to manipulate the world around him through the subtle but ultimately persuasive manipulation of odors.


Our tools of orientation have altered over human history as the emphasis on each sense has changed through cultural shifts. The ability to hear or smell danger approach is of less use in contemporary urban environments than it was in a jungle where it may be too late by the time one sees a jaguar.  We require differing skill sets to ascertain our place in the environments in which we are placed. this book proposes a sense of smell so acute the protagonist is acutely aware of his entire environment through smell alone. This gives the reader pause to question why we have lost quite so much of this emphasis and to wonder how much olfactory information is processed unconsciously from species habit  and how this may invisibly inform our behavior.

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