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.

Institut Du Monde Arabe

Jean Nouvel

Paris, France

1980

As a centre of Arab culture with galleries, libraries, archives and performance spaces, the building's elegantly sober exterior encloses a structure bursting with beauty,  ideas and inovations.  

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There is virtually no distinction in material between the building's interiors and exteriors in terms of tactile information. The elegant pallet of steel and glass continues throughout most of the interior which is pretty unforgiving and reflective. While this works visually there is a lack of give in the surfaces and details, which tends to feel as though the building requires you to keep moving, to explore the engine but not to clog its arteries. The show-stopping facade, tantalisingly exposed in close-up through the interior levels is the one thing that promises a feast of fiddling, but alas!