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.

Vals Therme

Peter Zumthor

Vals, Switzerland

1996

Spa complex built into the Vals hillside from locally quarried stone.

smell

As the seasons change around the spa the external pools and the interior spaces transparent to air movement receive the scents of the alpine valley surroundings. The varying mineral content of the pools and fountains is caught by the nose and on the tongue. One of the pools is laced each day with fresh wildflowers which whirl about in the under-lit water filling their chamber with scent. The humidity of the steam-rooms carries scent and taste into the air.

Paul Schütze