Artist talk: Sam Boche

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Taiga Creative Space, Dvortsovaya emb., 20
02.06.2017 - 19:00
Related project: 
Samuel Bosche: artist talk
as a part of the public program of the 4th season of ‘Critical Mass’
June 2, 19.00
Taiga Creative Space, Dvortsovaya emb, 20


Artist and designer Samuel Boche started skateboarding when he was 13 years old and that experience largely affected his vision of public spaces and the concept of their use. Alongside his friends from skateboarding community he took a lot of effort to make his native city in the western France friendlier and more interactive for skateboarders. This is when Sam started learning the skills that he now uses in his urban design practice: working with wood and other materials, looking at the city and its architecture, sharing public space with various users, functioning as a collective (skateboarding is only very rarely an individual sport) and engaging different people into collective creative processes. Above all things, skateboarding taught him to love travels and movement. It is not an accident that he now finds himself building large mobile or static multifunctional structures in public spaces with people and everywhere in Europe! ‘The city is ours, let us have it!’ says Sam. 

Born in 1976, Samuel now works as a builder with several architect collectives in Europe: Ezyxt, Constructlab, Bruit du Frigo, RaumlaborBerlin, Colectivo Warehouse and others). He graduated from DNSEP Art school in 2001 and also works as a street photographer and filmmaker. 

During his talk in Taiga, Samuel will show a few of his video projects, most of them are linked to street photography and multiple ways of using the city. He's also going to present some of his projects as a designer and carpenter that he has done individually or with other European design and architect collectives. He will address topics that he finds relevant for his practice and will speak about artistic nomadism, public spaces, building relations with inhabitants and communities, carpentry work, recycling, travelling, working together, and street photography. 

Sam Bosche has been invited to St Petersburg by Creative Association of Curators TOK to participate in the 4th season of TOK’s ongoing project ‘Critical Mass’. During two weeks he’s collaborating with a youth center ‘Sreda’ and local activists and architects. Together they’re creating a new multifunctional mobile wooden platform for the courtyard of ‘Sreda’ that will serve as a newly public space created together with residents of the nearby houses and will hosts lectures, performances, artist talks, community meetings, common meals and other activities initiated bit by young people from ‘Sreda’ and the neighborhood. The opening of the platform is scheduled on June 6. 


The fourth season of 'Critical Mass'  is organized by Creative Association of Curators TOK and supported by
Sector for Y​outh ​P​olicy and ​C​ollaboration with ​P​ublic ​O​rganizations of the Administration of the Petrogradskiy ​D​istrict
Nordic Culture Fund
FRAME Finnish Visual Art Foundation
Consulate General of the Netherlands in St Petersburg
Taiga Space
European Cultural Foundation

The residency of Samuel Bosche in St Petersburg is supported by the French Institute in St. Petersburg  and workshop class TrueDA