Samboleap Tol / Babylonians / Homo Ludens / តស៊ូ




Artist Statement

Samboleap Tol is an artist, curator, and DJ. She is known for her performative, participatory and musical works which highlight and celebrate differences of the bodies and minds of members of her self-assembled, hypothetical and ephemeral communities. Spanning from micro gestures to curatorial group exhibitions and music shows, her works are often site-specific, audience aware and are of a convivial nature. It is through conviviality that Tol seeks to oppose neo-colonial tendencies by offering moments for introspection and expression in her works.

Tol holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Sint Lucas Antwerpen, Central Saint Martins, UAL) and a Bachelor of Science in Media and Communication (Erasmus University, University of Sydney). She has performed and spoken at South London Gallery, Tate Exchange, Tate Britain, Cookhouse Gallery, Raven Row, Cafe Oto, The Glove that Fits, Dalston Roofpark, Hootananny, The Jago and Copeland Gallery. In 2018 she won the bid to curate the first student-led exhibition in the history of Central Saint Martins called ‘The Age of New Babylon’.

She is currently exploring the intersections of the contemporary art fields and entertainment through writing, performing, modeling, lecturing and producing events. She is also an associate and researcher in residence at The Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation (TrAIN, University of Arts London) supervised by Professor Paul Goodwin.

b. 1990 (the Netherlands), lives & works in London.
Central Saint Martins, UAL / Sint Lucas Antwerpen (Bfa) (graduated with a 1st)
Erasmus University Rotterdam / University of Sydney (BSc in Media)
2019 (ongoing) TrAIN Co-Lab residency / Chelsea College of Arts / London, UK (researcher)
2019 (ongoing) Estate Endz / Spid Theatre / London, UK (assistant workshop facilitator)
2019 (forthcoming) Release XXI – SDS Fundraiser Party / SOAS Detainee Support / London, UK (DJ)
2019 (forthcoming) Hip Hop Soul / Radio / Tottenham, London (DJ)
2019 (forthcoming) Golden Youth Football Academy / London, UK (artist)
2019 Black History Month End Celebration / Dark Room / London College of Communication / London, UK (DJ)
2019 The Artist Dining Room – Faith Ringgolds / Guest Projects / London, UK (DJ)
2019 The State of Things / Copeland Gallery / London, UK (DJ)
2019 Brixton Precision / Hootannany / London, UK (DJ)
2019 Arts SU Spotlight Exhibition / Central Saint Martins / London, UK (artist)
2019 Afro Caribbean Society / University of Arts London / London, UK (DJ)
2019 Nostalgia Live / Dalston Roof Park / London, UK (DJ, co-organizer)
2019 Element Creative – Showcase / Tate Britain / London, UK (workshop facilitator)
2019 Chinabot / SET Dalston / London, UK (DJ)
2019 Fetari / The Jago (formerly Passing Clouds) / London, UK (DJ)
2019 Artist Talk, The Beauty of Difference / Bush Theatre / London, UK (artist)
2019 The Babylonians / Railway Tavern / London, UK (curator, artist)
2019 Artist Talk, The Conch / South London Gallery / London, UK (artist)
2018 Live Contract with the Skin / Raven Row / London, UK (artist)
2018 The Age of New Babylon / Lethaby Gallery / London, UK* (curator, artist), see booklet & website
2018 The Age of New Babylon – 11 day residency / Chelsea College of Arts / London, UK (curator, artist)
2018 Babylonians @ Masters of Fine Art Studios / Chelsea College of the Arts / London, UK (year long residency as artist)
2018 Chinabot present Songkran|Khmer New Year and Mental Maps launch / Glove That Fits / London, UK (dj)
2018 Chinabot / Cafe Oto / London, UK (dj)
2018 Tate Exchange / Tate / London, UK (artist)
2018 _ Space / Central Saint Martins / London, UK (artist)
2018 Digression, the Calthorpe Project, London) (artist)2017 MTV Breaks / MTV / London, UK (artist)
2017 Champ d’Action / deSingel / Antwerp, BE (artist, dancer)
2017 The Mind is a Muscle / Extra City / Antwerp, BE (dancer)
2017 Lost in Antwerp / Bezalel School of Arts / Jeruzalem, IL (artist)
2016 Wer Es Stammt / Gallery Martin v Blerk / Antwerp, BE (artist)
2016 NEKTAR / Born in Antwerp + B a g g e r / Antwerp, BE (dj, organisor)
2016 The Mind is a Muscle / ROSAS, Extra City, Antwerp (dancer)
2015 Ik Dans de Roamvong / Popcorner / Breda, NL (curator)
2015 Mapping Venice / Venice Bienale / Venice, IT (artist)
2014 Made in Cambodia / Lightbox / Kampot, KH (mc/host)
2018 Songs from South East Asia. 11/04/2018. SOAS radio. London, UK.
2014 FBi radio. 10/07/2014. Out of the box (with Ash Berdabes). Sydney, AU.
2019 Selected to participate in Bootcamp Live, an event management course for young people by Bootstrap Charity / London, UK
2018 Won the bid for the first student-led exhibition with the proposal “The Age of New Babylon” for the Lethaby Gallery / London, UK
2011 Best Elevator Pitch / Symposium of the Student-Assistant Research Program / Utrecht, NL
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