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.

The Hall of the Abencerrajes

numerous authors, defacers and restorers

The Alhambra, Granada, Spain

14th Century

This roughly cube-shaped interior is animated by an overwhelming quantity of carved detail. The vaulted dome, pierced with windows, catches light across surfaces teeming with geometric and organic motifs. The effect is to make the building feel alive, the mass of the masonry overhead replaced by a sense of lightness and movement.


It is difficult to take in the level of complexity expressed in the ceilings of the hall. Aside from the extraordinary detail and craft involved the play of light (constantly changing) from the windows piercing the dome brings every minute surface variation to life. What could be chaotic, vulgar and oppressive is profoundly harmonious and restrained. This impossible level of complexity is all elegantly harnessed in the service of a shimmering, vibrant tranquility.