Sissel Tolaas grew up in Iceland and Norway and since 1987 has been based in Berlin. From 1981 to 1988, she studied mathematics, chemical science, linguistics and languages, and visual art at numerous universities, including in Oslo (both at the University and the Royal Academy), Warsaw, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Oxford and Princeton. She has traveled and lived all over the world and speaks and writes in nine languages. Sissel has received numerous national and international scholarships, honors, and prizes. Since 1990 she has worked in scientific and artistic disciplines on the topic of smell, language, and communication. In 2004, she established Re_searchLab Berlin for smell and communication in Berlin with support from International Flavors & Fragrances. Since 2006 she has been engaged in research on invisible communication and rhetoric at the Harvard Business School. She has worked with Cartier; Louis Vuitton; Estée Lauder; Sony Computer Science Laboratories; DaimlerChrysler Future Lab; the Rockefeller Foundation, and Columbia University, among others. Tolaas has exhibited in major international biennials, museums, and other professional institutions and participated in international colloquiums, conferences, and networks. Her projects have been featured at Casino Luxembourg; Sk-interfaces Abstraction in Preservation: Smell and Sound; Columbia University; Ecological Urbanism, at Harvard University; Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig; the San Francisco Neuroscience Institute; the Kimberly Brown Gallery; and Art Basel.