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BIO Nigerian + Native American artist Yussef Agbo-Ola studied design at Virginia State University and received his MFA from Wimbledon College of Art in London. His artistic practice creates interpretations of natural energy systems through interactive experiments. These experiments focus on depicting the connection between the natural environment and the biological + cultural systems of the organisms that inhabit it. Each project is born as a cell in a collaborative multicultural + multidisciplinary environment. This cell then evolves into a range of expressions from living designer shoes,to cultural journalism, to food art, or healing innovations and architectural pavilions. This work is driven by his inclusive life perspective which states that elements from the earth combine to create material, and people of all talents, cultures, and disciplines. When those people, from all talents, cultures and disciples are enmeshed and combined ideas are created,the very essence of humanity will be illuminated. Every element has its unique purpose to the whole, and when each element- every thing and every person- are appreciated in a way in which every belief, every discipline and every attribute are understood, humanity will then operate optimally. This collaborative life approach will birth true sustainable systems that promote life and bind together the fibres of earthly existence. live, dream, create Multidisciplinary Artist / Materials Architect connect = ola.environment@gmail.com
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 Breif = design a 25sqm ‘core house’ with a structural system which can be straightforwardly constructed with a minimal variation of components. This has to be constructed by, or with the direct involvement of the owners or family so they can feel ownership of the process. This home has to be earthquake resilient2*, and resistant to hurricane winds of 80 m/s. The home must utilise a domestic species of bamboo in the primary structure however you are not limited only to using bamboo for the rest of the construction. This house must be easily replicable by others in the community who can learn from the construction and use the finished building as reference. This ‘core house’ has to affectionately introduce bamboo as a material to live alongside. This has to be aesthetically desirable to be chosen by the occupier or family and spatially functional responding to the perceived utilitarian social and cultural needs of Haitian society. This should be presented through a communicative medium applicable to both the local community and government agencies.
artist + anthropologist = Nigeria volume 1 Embarking upon the first art + anthropology experiment, Yussef Agbo-Ola travelled throughout Nigeria to study human ecology. This research investigated how humans connect with diverse natural environments. He aimed to visually depict how the value of trade + belief systems differ in the lives of urban city dwellers compared to those inhabiting communities, with a less developed natural landscape. Applying an experimental approach to photographic journalism this archive of his journey is a frozen capsule of Nigerian culture from an artistic + anthropologic perspective. It shall serve as both a vista of cultural awareness and a catalyst for discovery. Core Research Components = cultural values + architecture scared art + food exchange + indigenous medicinal beliefs Skin Shoe This experiment combined the techniques of chemistry and design to question what a living shoe could look like as the outer skin transformed with the weather conditions of the natural environment. co-lab= Destiny Burndridge + Yussef Agbo-Ola
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Larsen’s Lost Water Wimbledon Space London,UK Curator = Edwina Fitzpatrick, Larsen’s Lost Water coincided with the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris (see ArtCOP21). The exhibition focused on the ways that the relatively uncharted parts of the globe – the Polar Regions and the seas – are (mis)represented, through exploring context and how introducing an alien or unexpected object into a space affects both components’ readings. The exhibition plays with the dislocated object as cliché, metaphor and metonymy in relation to climate change. It featured work by: Edwina Fitzpatrick, Lucy Orta, Heather Ackroyd & Dan Harvey, Tania Kovats, Bryndis Snaebjornsdottir and Mark Wilson, and the Raftonauts – co-lab= Yussef Agbo-Ola, Tim Alexander, Michael Crossan, Susan Walker and Szu-Chieh Yun.– Speculative Design = Emergency Hand Cast Experimental medical skin attachment prototype was a project that combined the fields of art, design, material science and herbal medicine. Our goal was to design a prototype that would be made from local materials in the developing world after a natural disaster to treat burn wounds. Using a cellulose based skin we created many layers of protection from the elements infections. This research and design process can also be applied to architectural structures. co-lab= Destiny Burndridge + Yussef Agbo-Ola "Live" Chelsa Space + Cook-House London, UK Curator = Hiu Tung Chung To create an engagement between the viewer and this metabolic process we transformed food into an architectural material taking form and structure in the viewer’s digestive system. The installation will have an area where the viewer is asked to make there own energy pills from algae and other herbs as well as drink the evolving algae in H2O. The colours of the algae changing in the bottles is also a direct reflection of how natures systems work as this reaction is based on ultraviolet light coming from the sun. Once digested each pill will take form in the viewer’s digestive system. The works takes a journey from the external to the internal, then back to the external through energy levels and waste. This work is a cycle of energy as a metaphor of the ever-changing natural cycle in nature, and the process of food digestion into kinetic energy.
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Micro Spine Chair design experiment Algorithmic modelling + human anatomy as a form finding parameter to design a parametric chair that will provide optimal support for a healthy spine + posture "The Future of Organisms " = 2036 Nature is everywhere. Nature as stated be fore is a system, consisting of not only trees, rivers, plants and animals but a micro world as well. Surprising there are more than a billion micro-organisms that have found a home on my hand, each playing an important role in natures system. This inspiration to look into the realms of nature that cannot be seen by the human eyes has become a contextual foundation of these organism experiments.  "TRADE LAYERS" TedxEastEnd – Society Beyond Borders Photo Exhibition What are boarders in relation to how people interact with each other from a cultural viewpoint? Part of my research outlines the relationships between people and the micro world. This photo completion hosted by TedxEastEnd inspired me to question where the cultural borders in Nigeria were, and if any, how could they be documented? Boarders = Language against Exchange
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"Rebirth" Dopamine Air Mediation Researching how visual perception and human experience effects mental psychology was the foundation of this installation titled Dopamine Air Meditation. Using eight materials has to do with the universal number that represents infinity. The number eight helped to inspire the natural flow of the piece by creating an even duality when using the red rope to divide the bottom half of the work into two sections. There are four white plaster casts in one direction and a ceramic tile that has four corners in the other direction. The two sums of four represent the two poles of Earth (North and South Poles) that spiral to produce natural energy. Experiment 1 Concept = The movements and transformations in nature are all around us but are many times overlooked because of their distinct speed, colour reactions, acute smells, and quiet tactile changes. In this project we are interested in subtle metamorphosis. co-lab= Aki Yamaguchi + Yussef Agbo-Ola