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.

In Praise Of Shadows

Jun'ichirō Tanizaki



Probably the most famous essay on Japanese aethetics known in the west. This book contrasts the brilliant, over-lit clarity of the contemporary Western architectural environment with the subtly modulated shadow and lamp light of Japanese tradition. The author discusses ways in which the very materials with which we surround ourselves change and die under the blaze of forensic brilliance which is now the norm. 


In describing the scents and flavours of food Tanizaki blurs boundaries and conflates the smell of rice with the sound of insects, insists the flavour of sweets is tranformed by the light in which they are eaten. Like a true sensualist he cannot help but orchestrate pleasures into inextricable phenomena.

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