It is a new challenge to craft not beautiful and convincing artifacts, but evocative and open-ended materials for further experimentation… to creatively set the scene for a distorted here and now. – Joachim Halse

Makeshift: pamphlet series and toolkit launch
Friday 20 March, 6–8pm at split/fountain

Makeshift is a series of projects happening throughout Auckland during March and April, organised by Xin Cheng, Chris Berthelsen and collaborators. This event is an accumulation of re-creations, prototypes for tools, constructions for future activities, and the launch of the first of a series of pamphlets documenting friendly explorations and rambling talks around improvisation.

I have been fascinated by makeshift and improvised creations made by everyday people for the last few years, and am often inspired by experiences of venturing out of my ordinary life: intrepid ramblings, volunteering for conservation, doing fieldwork in Asia and Europe. In late 2013, thanks to an image search for ‘tokyo tyre park’, I discovered Chris Berthelsen, who has been conducting research along similar lines in Japan, and had moved back to Auckland. We started a series of collaborations titled making-do(ing), involving researching and discovering ways of working with companions and frugal materials. Makeshift is an experiment in using this research as a starting point for conversations and activities with a diverse range of collaborators and companions. We ask: How can these ways of making and living elsewhere open up threads of possibilities for the people of Auckland to engage with their surroundings? – Xin Cheng

Other upcoming events as part of Makeshift include:

Thursday 19 March, 8pm
Kingsland Studios, 6 Kingsland Terrace, Kingsland

Makeshift in various situations: Xin Cheng presentation as part of a Pecha Kucha night.

Sunday 29 March, 2pm–6pm
Rowan Reserve, Three Kings

Resourceful making, jamming and sharing in the neighbourhood: neighbours day picnic with Melanie Küng, Ariane Craig-Smith and companions. With support from Puketāpapa Local Board.

Sunday 12 April, 11:30am and 2pm
Sustainable Living Centre

4 Olympic Place, New Lynn
Thinking and making home remedies for frugal and friendly living: a workshop with Xin Cheng and Chris Berthelsen for Ecoday 2015.

Throughout April
Email to arrange a time and place

Fixing Tokyo, Cracking Open Auckland: an informal workshop with Chris Berthelsen, sifting through his Tokyo fieldwork and examining how it could relate to Auckland.

Follow Cheng’s website for updates, information and further announcements about upcoming events during March and April. If you would like to get involved or contribute to the pamphlet series email:


Makeshift has been developed out of a series of research trips to Asia and Europe made by Xin Cheng in 2014, supported by Sa Sa Art Projects, the Asia New Zealand Foundation, and Creative New Zealand.

Images by Xin Cheng (clockwise from top left): biodegradable packaging from Kab Kor Market, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 2014; pole extension outside Central Market, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 2014; knife storage and bucket rest in a community garden, Geneva, Switzerland, 2014; signage for a mobile circus workshop, Geneva, Switzerland, 2014; scaffolding, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 2014.


SR / DPR by Luke Munn
Event: Wednesday 25 February 5–8pm

split/fountain, 3C/23 Dundonald Street, Eden Terrace, Auckland.

On 2 October 2013 at 3:15pm the FBI arrested Ross Ulbricht, the alleged kingpin of the Silk Road, a narcotics marketplace on the deep web using Bitcoin to conduct transactions. SR / DPR is a data portrait of Ulbricht, meshing the immaterial dreams of free markets and cryptocurrencies with the net footprint of an eagle scout from Austin, Texas. The core work uses the computer desktop as a presentation mechanism, a display cycling through chat windows, blockchain visualisations, leaky captchas and stretched audio based on Ulbricht’s mediated identity. This piece is supplemented with textiles based on seized currency and a reader exploring the wider context of this story.


Untitled (set-up)
Organised by Jacob Barratt-Boyes

15 November – 13 December 2014
Preview: Friday 14 November, 6-8pm

split/fountain, 3C/23 Dundonald Street, Eden Terrace, Auckland
Open Saturday 12-4pm or by appointment

With: The Estate of L. Budd, Mongoose Chen, Fiona Connor, Martin Creed, Simon Fujiwara, Michael Lee, Paul McCarthy & Damon McCarthy, Glenn Otto, Prem Sahib.

And: Ron Arad, Harry Bertoia, Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Xin Cheng, Charles Eames & Ray Eames, Ritva Puotila, Eugeni Quitllet, Thomas Sandell, Philippe Starck, Patricia Urquiola.

Untitled (set-up) is made possible with the generous support of:
ECC Lighting & Furniture, Matisse International Furniture, Copybook Copycentre and Kartell Flagship Store Auckland.


Launch of Strips Club #2
Friday 31 October 6–8pm

Strips Club is a graphic design journal by Ilam students Kelsey O’Hagan and Cameron Ralston, promoting critical discussion in the expanded field of graphic design. Issue #2 includes contributions by Alice Clifford, Sophie Davis, Bryn Fenemor, Bryce Galloway, Kelsey O’Hagan and Cameron Ralston, a photo essay by Ryan McCauley, and interviews with Louise Kellerman, Cathy Veninga, and Peter Vangioni.


Download distracted-reader #1 and #2 and distracted-workshop newspaper as PDF from the distracted-workshop website here.


no-ego ego trip
Gregory Maass & Nayoungim

6 September–4 October 2014
PREVIEW Saturday 30 August 3-6pm

3c/23 Dundonald Street, Eden Terrace, Auckland
S/F will be open 6 September–4 October on Saturday 12–4pm or by appointment

split/fountain is pleased to present a new installation by artist duo Gregory Maass & Nayoungim (Germany/South-Korea). Exploring issues of adaptation, normality, perversion, and methodology, their work is inspired by diverse sources including; philosophy, psychoanalysis, cybernetics, economy, fringe science, science fiction, comic books, food, sub-culture, and conspiracy theory. For the installation at split/fountain the artists have developed costumes and accessories for an idiosyncratic collection of puppets from the 70s and 80s. “We have transformed vintage action figures into trendless, ageless, zeitgeistless, typeless, genderless, but glamorous beings. These figures do not tend to the impossible or divine or absurdly beautiful or ubiquitous, but rather towards an absolute state of completeness.” GSM&N

“The installations and drawings of Gregory Maass and Nayoungim … form a seismic zone, riddled with ravines and fissures, eminently unstable cityscapes of found objects, catchy remarks, dumb puns, cartoons, gleefully deliberate ugliness, blunt parody. To the untrained eye, there is very little to keep the whole shebang from falling in over your head, leaving only rubbish. But the installations give the appearance of knowing that you’ve seen as many bad television shows as they have, and as many commercials, and as many films, and you know that they know, and they know that you know that they know. And they appear to know, and secretly build on a good deal of, say, Neo-Dada and Fluxus and Pop Art, and they have zapped from Concept to Minimal and back, and all that has taught them to keep their formlessness apart from their meaninglessness, making sure that the chasm between the dumb and the ugly is widening, that the real is only suggested, and that your curiosity is getting involved.” Sytze Steenstra in Conceptual Cartoons in Suggestion City.

no-ego ego trip by Gregory Maass & Nayoungim is made possible by the Arts Council Korea with support from AUT University.


S/F exhibition:
19 June–26 October 2014
split/fountain at the 26th International Biennial of Graphic Design Brno
as part of the OFF Program

Governor’s Palace, Moravské náměstí 1a
Brno, Czech Republic

distracted-workshop: may change
a split/fountain collaboration with Xin Cheng, Jack Hadley, Layla Tweedie-Cullen (NZ) Jayme Yen (US); presenting actions by Chris Berthelsen, Nell May (NZ) Anne Fenton, Kristin Posehn (US)

We offer carry-on tables and foldable chairs, for futurist thought forms and learning-bay function; costumes for kinder-art; follies for leaning; stop-motion school house for stilt-walking free-time; and rigorously nuanced instructional play. Furthermore thought-trees and speculative clay will follow through models with stick-charts supporting. If clay-scale and brain-mud fashioning speech, then colour for diagrams, and annotate feelings for charting display. Demountable, mobile, performing array; tool-being art-class, design maps for all; invent for distraction, collate for next station, game-board configuring, design show for touring; frameworks in score-line with paint-and-draw screen wall; discursive convivial, whenever will fabricate, game-plan for several will liberate many.

Words by Allan Smith


24 June 2014
split/fountain at Motto Berlin
Publication launch: distracted-reader #1 and #2 (split/fountain publishing)
and presentation by Layla Tweedie-Cullen

distracted-reader is a new publication series that seeks readerly parkour through selected terrain of art and design. We see rhythmised literacies of image, text, and concept. distracted-reader does thinking as making, and print design as speculative thought. With general art monographs as coffee-table artefacts, and university presses not funding conjecture, distracted-reader notes accented sequencing. Less clarion call to a vanishing new, more through-lines with incidents and discernible increments; writing and thinking as marked-up copy; stuttered narration; material views.

distracted-reader #1 Mixtures: Xin Cheng and Allan Smith.

distracted-reader #2 A ridge, a section, an existing boundary, additions, a removed partition. A floor; concrete (where possible): Michael Parr, Blaine Western, Michelle Menzies, Lance Pearce, and Henry Babbage.

Editors: Allan Smith, Layla Tweedie-Cullen
Designer: Layla Tweedie-Cullen
distracted-reader identity with Jayme Yen
Publisher: split/fountain, 2013
Format: printed with Risograph
Edition: 300