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.

Spilt perfume

Marcell Proust

Another Memory [The Collected Short Stories Of Marcel Proust]

translation 2001

An aroma, first encountered by the stories protagonist, worn by a mysterious visitor to the same hotel and then, apparently after her departure, encountered again, apparently smashed on the floor of her room, permeating the corridors with it's intense strength.


Using smell as an analogy for yearning and the ephemeral presence of a person as yet unmet, Proust paradoxically gives the reader a vivid sense of something just out of reach. He describes the scent of a woman's perfume as having power and intensity as if whole hillsides of blooms had been harvested to produce a single drop. 

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