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.

Coal

Sissel Tolaas

perfume edition

2011

An Essence Absolue extracted from coal from the deepest mine at the North Pole.

Structure

Tolaas is a scent artist and consultant to the fragrance industry known for her uncompromising explorations of smell. For one project she harvested pheronomes from several men confronting the objects of acute personal phobias, she presented the results as the smell of fear. The unexpectedly beautiful scent resulting from this coal extraction was produced in an edition of 10 bottles only. It is difficult to seperate the scent from its exotic origins but it has an unlikely sweeteness and an almost pan-urban set of associations from rail yards to cellars. Very much an evocation of place and state.

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