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.


Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu

Kyoto, Japan

1397 (rebuilt 1955)

Gleaming, three-storey pavilion set on a reflecting pond amid beautiful gardens. The top two storeys are covered in gold leaf, and some of the interiors are so heavily lacquered their floors reflect the view beyond like mirrors.


The temple building is perplexing to the senses at first. In strong light the gilding is so bright as to make the building seem quite unreal. It stands dramatically apart from its setting and seems impossible to scale correctly. As we move through the grounds the layout is constantly asking us to look afresh at the site and the temple. The landscaping invites walking and walking encourages a real involvement in the spacial life of the structure. Once inside we are presented with beautiful illusions through the ultra-high-gloss lacquer on some of the floors. From some angles clouds appear to skate across the floors as windows and pillars are reflected, giving an impression of great ceiling heights.

Akisuki Shibata