Yussef Agbo-Ola’s multidisciplinary artistic practice is concerned with interpreting natural energy systems, through interactive experiments that explore the connections between an array of sensory environments, from the biological and anthropological, to the perceptual and microscopic. His aim is to use diverse multidisciplinary research methods and design components, to reinterpret local knowledge and its environmental importance cross-culturally. His research outcomes manifest through architectural pavilions, photographic journalism, material alchemy, interactive performance, experimental sound design and conceptual writing. He is the founder and creative director at Olaniyi Studio.
Olaniyi Studio is an innovative design studio based in London that thrives on multidisciplinary relationships to actualise ideas around themes of environmentalism. The studio collectively questions how art, architecture, and anthropological research can create experimental environments that challenge the way we experience geological conditions, and living ecosystems. Its core mission is to expand environmental awareness through design creativity, collective collaboration, and speculative imagination.
For his Radio Art Catalyst residency (2020-21) Yussef will be creating acoustic architectural experiments that reflect upon the role of ethnomusicology, biological sonic feedback, and conceptual poetry around themes of environmentalism. He will develop a sonic work that questions how different epistemologies from a range of diverse cultures relate, perceive, and become connected to or a part of their local ecological systems.