Omer Polak

b. 1984 in Tel Aviv, Israel

Artist, designer, and sensory experience researcher. Since 2013, he has examined the use of the sense of smell as a tool in art and design practices. His work includes research-based projects in collaboration with leading scientific institutions and private companies, including, but not limited to, art installations and objects that explore the sense of smell as a major medium. Polak presented S-SENSE (Smell as a Design Tool) during TEDx, Laussane, Switzerland, and his work has been included in a number of group exhibitions in galleries and museums around the world. He frequently leads design workshops and talks, focusing on sensory experience and design innovation in different universities. He is presently teaching at the Berlin International University of Applied Science in the Architecture department. Polak is the Israeli Ministry of Culture Prize winner in the field of visual arts and design for 2016. He won two times the Corr77 award in food design category and his works are part of the permanent collection of the Design Museum Holon.