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 Five Senses: A Philosophy Of Mingled Bodies

Michel Serres

Continuum

1985

This is an exhaustive philosophical treatise from an empirical, physical (body oriented) perspective. Recently translated into English, the writing at best trills with brilliantly articulate, poetic evocations of the action of the world upon our senses. At its worst it groans with redundant (yet inexplicably persistent) hymns to French primacy in all creative endeavor. The sections on gastronomy and taste are frankly embarrassing even allowing for their having been written 30 years ago. Despite the reader's need to filet the work of florid academic conceits and much that is ultimately laughable, it is really worth the knife-work for the genuine moments of insight. 

Structure

The book is divided into five sections plus an introduction. Each meanders wildly but once the author dispenses with largely decorative classical references and whimsical digressions into myth and literature, he muses more usefully upon personal experiences that are invariably more illuminating.

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  • SMELL
  • SIGHT
  • HEARING
  • TOUCH
  • ORIENTATION