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.

The Mirror Scene

Jean Cocteau

Blood of a Poet (film)

1930


A brilliantly clever illusion in which a character falls into the temporarily liquid surface of mirror. This moment begins a series of events designed to confound the audience and challenge the evidence of their senses.

touch

The director plays knowingly with our perceptions of touch. That the reliably solid surface of a mirror can be fallen into, liquefy and moments later return to its solid state, challenges the veracity of our sense of touch as verified through sight. Because in film, we rely entirely on the evidence of our eyes for haptic information, this scene unseats our certainty for the rest of the film.

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