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.

Perfume

Patrick Suskind

novel

1985

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 odors.

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There is probably no other work of fiction in which the singular sense of smell is explored in such detail and breadth. Suskind forces the reader to entirely reasses the experience and role of scent and aroma in our own lives and throughout history.  It seems perfectly reasonable that his central character might be able to employ his prodigious gift for locating and isolating even the most infinitesimally tenuous scent for his own tragic ends. The book awakens in readers the idea of a potential rarely dreamt of in human behavoir yet drawn in no small part from genuine phenomena common to the animal world.

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