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Yussef Agbo-Ola

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Major project:


  • Yussef Agbo-Ola’s artistic / architectural practice creates interpretations of natural energy systems through interactive experiments. These experiments focus on depicting the multi-layered connections between, an array of sensory environments. The biological, anthropological, perceptual, and microscopic environment in which an organism inhabits are all research catalyst for creative expression. This reflection is then expressed through architectural pavilions, photographic journalism, garments, interactive performance, digestion, experimental sound design, writing, or a quiet observing.   

  • Previous degrees

  • MFA, Distinction, University of the Arts London, 2016, Concentration: Material Science / Conceptual Cognition within Spatial Experiment; BFA, Cum Laude, Virginia State University, 2014, Concentration: Entropic Sculpture / Relational Aesthetics / Environmental Ceramics; AA, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2012, Concentration: Critical & Creative Thinking / Anthropology
  • Experiences

  • (Researcher), 2018, Olaniyi Studio, London, Lagos, Puerto Rico; (Researcher), 2018, Atelier One, Structural Engineering / Elemental Pavilion Design, London; (Researcher), 2017, Haiti Experimental Bamboo Course, Architectural Association, London; (Researcher), 2016, FOP Association, Federation of Peasants, Dominican Republic; (Researcher), 2016, Parametric Engineering Course, ARUP + Imperial College, London; (Researcher), 2015, Symbiotic Associations, NOUMENA, Green FAB LAB, IAAC, Barcelona
  • Exhibitions

  • 2018 – 'Intertemporal Ecologies', Arts Catalyst, London; 2018 – 'Molecular Violence', Curated by: Godofredo, Arts Catalyst, London; 2017 – 'OBA Inner', Kabiru Adele Shotobi, Ikorodu, Nigeria; 2016 – 'Cybernetics of Plant Medicine', Kentish Town Health Center, London; 2015 – Larsen’s Lost Water' in connection with United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, Artists include: Edwina Fitzpatrick, Dan Harvey & Heather Ackroyd, Tania Kovats, Lucy + Jorge Orta, Bryndis Snaebjornsdottir & Mark Wilson, Raftonauts, Wimbl; 2015 – 'Society Beyond Borders', TEDxEastEnd, London; 2015 – 'Live', Chelsea School of the Art, CookHouse Gallery, London; 2015 – 'Bio-modd' (SEAD), Create Space London, Curated by: Angelo Vermeulen, London
  • Conferences

  • 2018 – 'Making Kin Across Times and Species' Intro: Jon Goodbun, Arts Catalyst, London; 2018- 'Nigerian Urine/Blood/Oil' Molecular Violence, Arts Catalyst, London
  • Publications

  • Agbo-Ola, Architect as Shaman, London, 2018; Agbo-Ola, Conflict Area = Puna de Atacama, London, 2018; Agbo-Ola, Artist + Anthropologist = Nigeria, 2016
  • Awards

  • 2018 – Lexus Design Award Shortlist 'Spinal Repair Osteopathic Chair' , Japan; 2017 – Art of Giving Award, International Book Smart Foundation , United States / Lagos / Cape Town; 2016 – Flow Global Sustainability Award, London/India; 2015 – TEDxEastEnd, Winner of Society Beyond Borders Photography Competition, London; 2013 – Virginia Museum of Fine Art “Character and Costume” Design Competition, United States; 2011 – Sigma, “Best Photography of 2011” ,United States; 2011 – Winner of GHARMS Design Completion Berlin, Germany
  • Funding

  • Environmental Architecture – Dean Research Award, Royal College of Art, London; International Book Smart Foundation, Research Fellow Travel Grant, United States / Lagos / Cape Town
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