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.

smell

The hall is open on to the gardens, to air movement from the surrounding landscape and the scents of plants placed specifically for their aromatic foliage. They include myrtle, pomegranates, cedar, orange and bay trees, jasmine and roses: many of the key scents found in the perfumes of the Arab world but here in living, vital profusion.