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.

Water Gardens

Pirro Ligorio, Tommaso Chiruchi, Claude Venard

Villa D'Este, Rome, Italy

16th Century

Seemingly endless fountains pools and grottoes define and punctuate this spectacular garden. The use of moving water to direct the eye and charge the air both through sound and constant fluctuations of temperature and humidity guarantees a concert of unforgettable sensations. It can sometimes seems as though the entire grammar of baroque ornament may be seen here bought to watery, scintillating life.


The designers of this spectacle did not make a landscape for strolling or for quiet contemplation. This garden is relentlessly theatrical. The visitor is drawn along predetermined paths, through carefully planned routes which reveal equally planned views and surprises. The garden itself is in control of the visitor's experience and as we rise up the twin staircases and the symmetry of it's grand design is revealed we realize the garden rewards our submission to it's plan for our senses.

Ricky David