Nathan Cohen

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Nathan Cohen

Visiting Professor

Art and ScienceOlfaction and TechnologyTransdisciplinary Collaboration


Nathan Cohen graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art at University College London and then completed his Masters at Chelsea School of Art, London in 1985. Since this time he has exhibited internationally, including solo shows in the UK, Japan, Europe and the USA. In addition to his work as an artist he is an educator, establishing the first MA Art and Science course in the UK in 2011. Nathan Cohen has worked extensively with scientists in the UK and Japan and has been a Visiting Researcher at Keio University (2010). Collaborations with exhibited and published outcomes include Tachi Lab (Ars Electronica 2008, Intangible Spaces Aisho Miura Arts, Tokyo (British Council funded) 2010); Olfactory Art and Science Research (Kakenhi Funded: Kyoto, Paris, Sweden, London 2017-22). He is a lead researcher on the STEAM+ Erasmus project (2020–22) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Expectations for WRHI

I will be working with Prof Takamichi Nakamoto, creator of human olfactory interface technology at the IIR Laboratory for Future Interdisciplinary Research of Science and Technology, and his team, exploring ways to enhance user experience in the combination of visual, olfactory and haptic stimuli in VR environments. I am interested in researching how particular odours can be identified and potentially combined to create associative scentscapes that correspond with and enhance comprehension of narratives in film, image and gaming. I will also be exploring other ways in which olfaction in conjunction with technology can practically impact our lives toward enhancing well-being. A combination of insight and expertise from engineering sciences, technology and art should result in novel outcomes with the potential for future innovation.


STEAM+ Lead researcher (Erasmus Funded)


Bernard Cohen and Nathan Cohen, Exhibition, Flowers Gallery London


Olfactory Art and Science Research (Kakenhi Funded: exhibitions)


Course Leader, MA Art and Science, University of the Arts London


Visiting Researcher, Keio University, Graduate School of Design


Collaboration with Tachi Lab, Tokyo (exhibitions and publications)


Vordemberge-Gildewart Award, Switzerland


The Art of Science, Welbeck Publishing, London 2021 ISBN 978-1-78739-566-4(Co-author)


The Routledge Handbook of Art, Science, and Technology Studies
Polymathic pedagogies: creating the conditions for interdisciplinary enquiry in art and science.  (Co-author)  ISBN13: 9780429792847


De Pictura: Journeys Through Paintings, Cohen, N., O A R: The Oxford Artistic & Practice Based Research Platform, Issue 2: Validity (digital), University of Oxford


Visual Perception, Abstraction and Invention: an Exploration, Cohen, N.
Interalia Magazine (March edition, digital)


‘Digital Da Vinci: Computers in the Arts and Sciences’ Ed. Lee, Newton
Video ergo sum: an artist’s thoughts on inventing with computer technology in the creation of artworks. Cohen, N. Springer, USA  ISBN 978-1-4939-0964-3