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.

Aroma: The Cultural History Of Smell

Classen, Howes and Synnott



A wide ranging study of the cultural uses and meanings of aroma throughout history. The authors illustrate their observations with a rich and ecclectic selection of examples from historical and anthropological record to present day industrial practice and comercial perfumery.


An absolute wealth of accounts throughout history of our uses for scent and aroma from perfumed dinner parties of ancient Rome, the extravagant use of precious scented materials in Egyptian burial rituals, the actual suffocation of guests by floral abundance by emperor Elegabulus, to the contemporary usurping of natural aromas by their more vivid engineered counterparts.

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