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.

Institut Du Monde Arabe

Jean Nouvel

Paris, France

1980

As a centre of Arab culture with galleries, libraries, archives and performance spaces, the building's elegantly sober exterior encloses a structure bursting with ideas and innovations.

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Nouvel's building is for the most part transparent though the apertures of the facade articulate light by contracting to produce shade. The glass and steel core through which a transparent shaft carries transparent lifts gives a sense of being in a huge machine. Theatre and gallery spaces within are enclosed and float in the lager transparency. All surfaces are either glass or polished or coated metal. The grid pattern of the light-sensitive facade is evocative of Arabic geometric design.