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.

Un Jardin Sur Le Nile

Jean-Claude Ellena

for Hermés

2005

Green Mango, Grapefruit, Calamus, Lotus, Sycamore, Frankincense - One of three scents designed to evoke exotic garden locations, this perfume shines with leafy, bright notes, crisp and fresh. There is a strong sense that what is being smelled is still very much alive and rooted in the earth. It emphatically presents the space of a garden rather than the focal point of a single bloom.

Structure

As this family of scents grows with each new addition, Jean Claude Ellena perfects his archetypal transparent, fleeting and thus entirely authentic evocation of garden locations. Unlike classic perfumes which capture, amplify and immobilize the scents they portray, Elena understands that the elusive, changing, constantly mingling and refreshing nature of plant scents is defined and identified precisely because it is not pinned down and infinitely present. Where lesser perfumes take snapshots Elena produces a lyrical cinema of scent.