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 Nightingale Floor

Lian Hearn

Across The Nightingale Floor (novel)

2002

A wooden floor cunningly crafted to produce the sound of nightingales in response to the pressure of footfalls. Both an entertainment and a defense it would immediately alert it's owner to the presence of intruders.

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City dwellers have tended to rely increasingly on sight for information which, in the past, may have come from listening closely or indeed smelling the air. Most contemporary environments go to great lengths to remove the sounds and scents which might warn us of the presence of unwelcome strangers. The fiction of this floor was conceived for a medieval Japanese castle with no movement alarms or CCTV. Viewed from our contemporary perspective the idea highlights much about how our environments have changed, what we perceive as threat and how our senses are differently deployed today.

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