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.

touch

This book details the various laborious  methods used to extract precious essences from the raw materials of perfumery. Each physical, tactile process uses a different action to wring, coax, steam or boil the volatile oils from various materials. Meanwhile the book's protagonist strokes and caresses, with his eyes,  the fine forms of the women he is drawn to but cannot touch. Macabrely, having serially dispatched said woman,  he then applies these same rituals of extraction to  their remains in his pursuit of the ultimate olfactory attractor. While principally concerned with smell his book is also about touch and about the starvation of touch, the impossibility of remote human contact, denied the direct intimacy of feel.

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