Invited Artist

Harold Cohen

Harold Cohen had a major reputation as a painter in the 'sixties, representing the UK in the Venice Biennale, documenta and other international spaces. In 1968 he went to California on a one-year visiting professorship at UC San Diego, became involved in computing, and stayed on to build a second reputation as a pioneer in the application of computing in the arts. His celebrated AARON program was begun in 1972 while he was a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University's AI Lab, and together they have exhibited at the Tate, the Brooklyn Museum, the San Francisco Museum, the LA County Museum, documenta 6, the Tsukuba World Fair and too many others major spaces to list here. The fuller story is available on, along with a selection of Cohen's work and most of his papers.