Sam Collins

Siobhan Davies in conversation with Sam Collins, a commissioned artist for her new work ROTOR as part of the Crossing Borders Talks 2010.


Sam Collins draws on the dancers changing spatial relationships to create a mechanism for the fracturing of a single event into multiple potentialities. Collins presents a multi-screen video installation in which the simplest of narratives is given endless manifestations through the reconstruction and correlation of its parts. Sam is an artist and designer based in London.

Sam Collins joined Cape Farewell on the 2008 Disko Bay Expedition, visiting the spectacular Disko Bay area of West Greenland with over 40 international artists, journalists and scientists.

Sam Collins is an artist, designer and collaborator. He has exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions, and has in recent years concentrated on the design and production of large-scale art projects, and theatre.

He has worked with Artangel since 2002, working with artists such as Steve McQueen, Matthew Barney, Gregor Schneider, Kutlug Ataman, Paul Pfeiffer and Heiner Goebbels. As a Designer he has worked on a diverse range of projects with numerous artists and organisations including, LIFT, Homeworks (Beirut) and Cape Farewell.

In 2004 Sam began collaborating with Siobhan Davies Dance as Designer on Bird Song (2004/05), In Plain Clothes (2006) and Two Quartets (2007).

Recent design projects include Il Tempo Del Postino – Group Show, an Opera/Art Exhibition with curators Hans Ulrich Obrist and Philippe Parreno, as part of Manchester International Festival in July 2007, and Richard III – An Arab Tragedy, a contemporary Arabic production of Shakespeare, with Sulayman Al Bassam Theatre Company. Sam also designed Drifting + Tilting – the Songs of Scott Walker, a staged concert performed at the Barbican in November 2008.