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.

Musical Sculpture

J.G. Ballard

Venus Smiles (short story)

1957

The author proposes a sculpture which spontaneously produces music though it is not to everyone's taste. The life force implied by the music soon begins to express itself in more disruptive ways.

Structure

Ballard doesn't feel the need to explain how or indeed why the sculpture in his story sings but the idea is compelling. Art which offers an autonomous response to the owner, which addresses many senses, which perhaps also thinks, also works as an analogy for the relationship many users now have with their laptops.

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