By Rotimi Agbana
The Visual Collaborative Polaris or North Star is an experimental collective led by multidisciplinary designer and award-winning technologist; Ade Olufeko.
The collective as a periodical is a curated batch of interviews with over 169 minutes of non-linear content featuring 26 selected practitioners from three continents.
The Polaris catalogue explores creative disciplines, perspectives and intrinsic value of the featured practitioners and how they interact with society. The project commenced in the Winter/Harmattan of 2019 for over a period of three months. This initiative is said to have been designed to iterate over time as a value-add service model for content providers, academic institutions and incubators.
Among the featured is a six time Emmy award winner Bobby Yan, a nationally recognized architect Tosin Oshinowo, prolific artists such as Ben L Jones, commercial illustrators and designers such as Autumn Whitehurst and Tiphanie Brooke, global art activist, educator and Senior TED fellow Bahia Shehab, singers and performers such as TolumiDE and Yvonne Sangudi, a practitioner of Yoruba philosophy Joyce Adewumi and an appearance by music recording engineer Jens Gad of the Enigma project. Among the features include art patron, Mexican power house and gallery owner Irene Hernandez-Feiks.
Ade Olufeko the founder of the project is scheduled to impart on Innovation and Development at the Yale University conference for African Peace and Development, which will take place on April 6th 2019. He is also scheduled to speak on the future of African Arts and Media at the Stanford African Business Forum at Stanford University in San Francisco on April 20th, 2019.
Beyond the company’s platform and trademarked identity, the concept of Visual Collaborative can be evidently seen universally through its everyday usage regardless of geographic location or socioeconomic status. Olufeko’s thought leadership over the years has been leveraged to bridge the divide between millennials and older generations, bringing literacy of the creative industry and its different facets to the fore.
Full list of participants are: Autumn Whitehurst – New York City, commercial illustrator, and Instructor at School of Visual Arts, BahiaShehab – Cairo, Egypt, Artist designer and founder of the graphic design program at The American University in Cairo, BobbyYan – Queens, New York 6 time Emmy Award winner, Filmmaker and director, Irene Hernandez-Feiks – San Francisco, California, WonderlandSFGallery Director, Patron of the arts,Polly Alakija – Lagos, Nigeria, Muralist artist and children’s book author, RemiVaughan-Richards – Lagos, Nigeria, Filmmaker and director, TolumiDE – Washington, D.C. Singer, songwriter and graphic artist, Tosin Oshinowo – Lagos, Nigeria, Award-winning architect, entrepreneur, public speaker and author, Jens Gad – Berlin, Germany, Producer, songwriter and guitarist, Selam – Brooklyn, New York, Actress, Singer-Songwriter, Indira Lindsay Roberts – Greensboro, North Carolina, Pharmaceutical professional and festival director, Tiphanie Brooke (Antigirl) – Los Angeles, California, Multidisciplinary artist and graphic designer, Joyce Adewumi – Harlam, New York, Singer, choreographer and educator, Michael Elegbede – Lagos, Nigeria, Chef, Valerie Alloix – San Francisco, California, Creative Technologist, SB The-emcee (Ogo) – Houston, Texas, Rapper and lyricist, Mankwe Ndosi – Minneapolis, Minnesota, Singer and performance artist, Yvonne Sangudi – Los Angeles, California, Singer, Chee (Chidinma) – Lagos, Nigeria, Singer and songwriter, aYo Binitie Lagos, Nigeria / London, United Kingdom, Creative Technologist, Kanayo Ebi – New York City / Lagos, Nigeria, Stylist, Image and Brand consultant, Hana Omilani – Lagos, Nigeria, Founder of Lasmara, Patron of the arts, Suzanne Erickson – Minneapolis, Minnesota, Founder of Jungle Red Salon Spa and Gallery, Ben L. Jones – Chicago, Illinois, Artist, Abiola Salamotu Ajala – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Stylist and fashion connoisseur, Deborah Lundstrom – Addis Ababa Ethiopia, Yoga practitioner and program director