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.

Coal

Sissel Tolaas

perfume edition

2011

An Essence Absolue made from coal extracted from the deepest mines at the North Pole.

orientation

To be presented with the olfactory evidence of something quite definite in the absence of that something is fundamentaly disorientating. We tend to process aroma conciously only when it is very conspicuous or inexplicable. This perfume raises the olfactory thought processes from the unconcious to the concious level by demonstrating a disconnect between smell and source which we are forced to examine. Once we have satisfactorilly explained both the source and the origin of the alien aroma we settle back into olfactory auto-pilot, but for a moment we become hyper aware of our olfactory climate.

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