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.

Permafrost

Thomas Köner

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1993

Six pieces of ineffably subtle yet completely engulfing sound which dissolve all ideas of distance and proximity until the listener is in a state of complete aural neutrality. After hearing this music the world sounds different.

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The most striking characteristic of this work is it's lack of spacial definition. There is no sense of scale, of place, we can't tell where sound is coming from, how loud it is, when it begins and ends. There is no scale of calibration for any of the things we naturally use to place sound. The prevailing information we take from sound is spacial. we need to know how close an animal, car, wall, falling piano is. Köner willfully eschews all positioned sounds and all spacial relativity. In a way he isolates and starves a sense we depend on. The effect after hearing this work is a great attenuation of hearing and a sensitivity to aural minutia we rarely experience.

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