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Prosperity Biotope #1

Almost everyone feels attracted to the tropical islands presented to us in commercials. Do we collectively yearn to escape from the current consumer society? To a world where life is orderly and unspoilt?

However, the question is whether present-day people could even survive in a habitat that has ‘only’ paradisaical traits. Perhaps we are only able to appreciate an untouched oasis when surrounded by our beloved facial cleansers, automatic pasta machines, and milk frothers.

During this long-running project Prosperity Biotopes artist Daan Samson will create photographic artworks, drawings, videos, and interventions. Two extremes are brought together: our yearning for unspoilt natural beauty and the all-to-human wish to lead a comfortable, prosperous life.

  • Biotope with a Camponotus nicobarensis ant colony (nestled in an ant plant of the genus Hydnophytum) and a Nespresso Aeroccino milk frother'

  • Living assemblage
  • 50x50x170cm

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Prosperity Biotope #2

Would we, human beings, recognise paradise if it were close to our homes? Or do we prefer to dream about a tropical Eldorado… while we are actually already surrounded by the highest possible forms of affluency in our daily living environment? Why is it that our society doesn’t really highly value those products that allowed us to evolve in the first place?

During this long-running project Prosperity Biotopes artist Daan Samson will create photographic artworks, drawings, videos, and interventions. Two extremes are brought together: our yearning for unspoilt natural beauty and the all-to-human wish to lead a comfortable, prosperous life.

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  • Composition with leaf cutter ants of the Atta cephalotes species and a The Milk Café milk frother of the Sage brand
  • Drawing on paper, digital collage
  • Selected for 'Publieke Werken 2021'

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Previous projects

COUPLET 2.0

Daan Samson was the second participant in Couplet 2.0, a project of the Concordia art center in which a visual artist is always linked for three months to a resident from the city of Enschede. Samson chose Andrei Haret (managing director of Royal Grolsch) to be his project partner. From September to December 2019, the two went running, enjoyed art and got to know each other better during a cooking workshop. Their alliance came to an end with the presentation of a joint work of art.

In harmony Samson and Haret created a sparkling beer, in which elements of what they find important in life are summarized. The art edition was named 'Grolsch Couplet 2.0 - Andrei Haret & Daan Samson' and was released in an exclusive edition of fifty numbered and signed copies. The arts beer is intended as a tribute to the themes of prosperity and friendship.

  • Photograpy: Jeronimus van Pelt
  • Commissioned by: Concordia Enschede
  • In cooperation with: Royal Grolsch

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Plumbing the Depths

Since his father died, prosperity artist Daan Samson lacks a paternal figure to perform Do-It-Yourself-projects. To compensate for this shortcoming, he contacted art collector Bert Kreuk. The millionaire living in Switzerland was asked to come over and install a rain shower.

In the Rotterdam artists' apartment Kreuk and Samson removed the existing shower set and installed a rain shower made available by (project partner) Hornbach.

The performance pays homage to typical 'father and son-Do-It-Yourself-moments' and is a contemporary addition to ready-made art. The question arises whether performing a private 'do-it-yourself job' can be regarded as a contemporary art act, and what influence it has when a leading art collector gives his cooperation to 'home improvements.

  • Photograpy: Jeronimus van Pelt
  • Video: Elsbeth van Noppen
  • Project partner: Hornbach
  • Launched at: SECONDroom Antwerpen

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WikiCommons

WikiCommons#1 

Roundabout Laan van Welhorst / Sophialaan, Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht

WikiCommons#4

Park Ruyghe Wey, Oudewater

WikiCommons#6

Molenpolderstraat / Vrouw Avenweg, Leidschenveen

WikiCommons#2

Highway A12 / Exit 'Gouda', Gouda (territory Waddinxveen)

WikiCommons#5

Lange Voorhout / Tournooiveld, Den Haag

WikiCommons#7

Nederlandlaan / Centrum West, Zoetermeer

WikiCommons#3

De Binnenhof / Máximapark, Leidsche Rijn

TheWikiCommons photo series is made up of images that were specifically produced to be added to the media database of Wikimedia Commons.

The artist had himself portrayed next to existing artworks in public space. Samson appears to ‘claim’ these objects, creating the illusion that he himself is the maker of these various sculptures in Dutch neighbourhoods, city parks, station squares or along motorways. Samson does not even mention the actual designers or artists.

  • Photograpy: Jeronimus van Pelt
  • Commissioned by: Concordia Enschede (Guest curator = Tinkebell)

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Daan Samson // 2014

Of the dead, speak nothing but good
Holiday Trouvé

Frisian Triumph

Daan Samson // 2013

Christmas with Dignitaries
Spiritual purification ritual for young women

The New Showing Off

Daan Samson // 2012

Liberal Herbarium
We're Convinced!

Procession of value and harvest

Daan Samson // 2011

Samson & de With #2 (Frits Bolkestein)

Art Babes

Daan Samson // 2010-2008

Samson & de With #1 (Ad Visser)

The Direct Benefit Principal

Self-portrait as the new chairman

Showing one’s colours

Blessed are the poor in spirit

In memory of my beloved father

Thanks, Remko!

Nordisk Charm Offensiv (Stockholm)

Wednesday – Daddy day

An exercise in commitment

Daan Samson // 2006-1996

Key Figures 2007

Perfection is our target 2 (Sonsbeek)

Last Christmas...

Bugaboo and little Enzo

Position-fixings

Selfportrait with NRC Handelsblad

Volvo for life

Perfection is our target 1 (S.M.A.K.)

Planet Parfum

Rotterdam Blending

National Coverage

Bever Zwerfsport

“Viva la Resistance!”

Heavy duty quality

The presentation of Baby Samson

Extended Sell-by Date

Training, study and discipline


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