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Koby (Yaacov) Barhad, M.A.

Koby (Yaacov) Barhad, M.A. is Cofounder of the Koby Barhad & Noa Schwartz Design Studio, Tel Aviv, Israel.
In 2005 Koby cofounded the Koby Barhad & Noa Schwartz Design Studio in Israel, specializing in book and catalogue design for art and culture. For 7 years he has worked with institutes such as The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Tel Aviv Museum of Art; Haifa Museum of Art; The Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv; Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem; Shenkar College of Engineering and Design; as well as numerous local and international artists and designers such as Marina Abramovic and Ron Arad. Since 2006 he has been tutoring in the Department of Visual Communication, Shenkar College of Engineering and Design.
His works operate in the intersection between science, design, mass culture, and a cross discipline effort to define the “self”. In the past two years he has been researching an array of emerging technologies such as synthetic biology, behavioral and cognitive science, and various artificial intelligence mechanisms. By using some of those developments and a range of different mediums and disciplines he creates environments, objects, machines, and narratives that manifest different aspects of our being. Although the works evolve in scientific territory, their strong foundation and reasoning carefully gives place to uncertainties and hidden doubts. An intense combination of truths expose the fiction in our own reality and distance the viewer from a familiar, comfortable, or stable definition of one “self”.
Koby earned his B.des in Visual Communications at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Israel in 2004. He earned his Master of Arts (M.A.) in Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art, United Kingdom in 2012. His awards include Book Design, Ministry of Culture Design Award, Israel, 2008 and Sandberg Grant for Design Research, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2010.
Read Artist Koby Barhad’s “All That I Am” Genetically Engineers Mice Using Elvis Presley’s DNA, Elvis clone mice are just rumors… for now, and Archive of Years to Come by Koby Barhard. Learn about his Thoughts You May Have, part of “The Future of Writing” research commissioned by Microsoft Research Labs in Cambridge from the Design Interaction Department at the Royal College of Art.
Read his LinkedIn profile.