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Nathan Cohen

Course Leader, MA Art and Science
Central Saint Martins
Person Type
Nathan  Cohen


As an artist I am interested in how we see the world around us and how this can be altered through images and physical interaction with space and visual form. I have been exhibiting internationally for over 25 years, including solo shows at Annely Juda Fine Art, London; Museum Mondriaanhuis (retrospective) Holland; Tokyo Gallery, Japan and many other venues worldwide.

My interdisciplinary research in art and science embraces neurobiology, optics and augmented reality technologies which has resulted in recent interactive art installations exhibited at Ars Electronica, Austria, the Aisho Miura gallery, Japan and University College London. In collaboration with Tachi Lab and researchers in Japan and the UK I have been creating artworks that challenge our spatial perception, incorporating motion sensing and real-time projection into 2 and 3-dimensional constructions created to give the impression of a multi-layered space. I am always looking for new ways to develop and extend our understanding of what we see and how we interact with our environment and the interface between art and science offers exciting opportunities to further this quest.

In addition to my work as an artist I set up the MA Art and Science at CSM in 2011 and deliver this programme with my team. Over the years I have found that there is a deep interest in exploring areas of creative and intellectual enquiry that do not necessarily fit into single subject areas and encourages the investigation of ideas that may be shared across disciplines. By creating an environment that encourages this we can be most inquisitive and allow ourselves the opportunity to challenge preconceptions as we discover new connections and evolve different strategies for advancing research and creative practice. Which is why the MA Art and Science welcomes scientists, artists, designers and researchers from a broad spectrum.

I studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL and completed my MA at Chelsea School of Art. Since then I have, in addition to my studio practice, been engaged in publishing, directing an archive, curating exhibitions internationally and writing.