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.


Patrick Suskind



The story of a prodigious sociopath whose sense of smell is so acute it entirely defines his personal identity and his relationship with others. Overwhelmed by his own senses and the relative insensibility of others he sets out to manipulate the world around him through the subtle but ultimately persuasive manipulation of odours.


The protagonist in this story is a brutish misshapen creature, disconnected from the mass of humanity by, on the one hand his intense sensitivity to smell and on the other by his utter lack of empathy with other living things. He succeeds in devising scents so powerfully subtle they literally blind others to visual reality, replacing it with a series of subliminal associations of his choosing. People,  once repelled by his appearance, become charmed and beguiled. The eye is misled by the nose.

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