Samboleap Tol / Babylonians / Homo Ludens / តស៊ូ




Artist Statement

Samboleap Tol’s (b. 1990) current practice looks to expand her engagement with arts and its publics as well as to deepen her understanding of art’s social function and its role in contemporary culture and civic life.

She conceives social spaces, meetings, encounters and playful scenarios as points of convivial antagonism, in order to think and feel her way around collaboration, education and imagination. By making these situations visible, Tol seeks to ask questions and make proposals that examine our present condition of networked-solitude, whilst also offering radical envisionings of the future.

The establishment of living spaces allows Tol’s work to function as a collection of live-archives. These micro-communities offer the opportunity to explore new modes of horizontal sociability and the generative potential of togetherness and otherness.
Words by Abbas Zahedi
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) Spid Theatre – Estate Endz / Kensal House + World’s End Estate / London, UK (assistant workshop facilitator)
2019 (forthcoming) The Artist Dining Room – Faith Ringgolds / Guest Projects / London, UK (DJ)
2019 (forthcoming) 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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