Launch party:
distracted-reader issues #1 and #2
Friday 13 December, 6pm at S/F

distracted-reader seeks readerly parkour through selected terrain of art and design. We see rhythmised literacies of image, text, 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 view. Printed project marshals picture-book monochromes; scattered reflections; attention to detail—horizontal travel-arms cross points and track joins in rail yard of text work.

Issue #1: Mixtures: Xin Cheng and Allan Smith. 156 pages containing drawings, photographs and texts by Xin Cheng and drawings, photographs and texts by Allan Smith.

Issue #2: Michael Parr and Blaine Western. A ridge, a section, an existing boundary, additions, a removed partition. A floor; concrete (where possible). 160 pages, with Michelle Menzies, Lance Pearce, Henry Babbage. Photographs and writing on Parr and Western’s work and the Barton Gillespie House in Westmere.

Editors: Allan Smith, Layla Tweedie-Cullen
Designer: Layla Tweedie-Cullen
Published by split/fountain, 2013

distracted-reader issues #1 and #2 have been made possible by generous support from: Creative New Zealand, Chartwell Trust, and Elam School of Fine Arts.

OPEN 12–5pm

Tokyo Shop is a limited selection of publications, zines and artist editions from the 2013 Tokyo Art Book Fair including 1000 by Satoru Machida, a one thousand page compilation of iconic 1960’s photobooks from Japan and the USA, and Rail Line Alphabets, letters abstracted from Tokyo’s rail line network.
S/F participated in the Tokyo Art Book fair as an exhibitior in 2010, 2012, and 2013.

smoke & fog is a pop-up shop project by Asumi Mizuo presenting second-hand clothing by Japanese designers including: Comme des Garcons, Yohji Yamamoto, UNDERCOVER by Jun Takahashi, Beautiful People and more.


S/F project at The Physic Room, Christchurch
With Xin Cheng, Michael Parr, Blaine Western

22 June – 21 July 2013
Opening and furniture making workshop Saturday 22 June, 6pm

In 2011 S/F was to facilitate a project at The Physics Room, but when the earthquakes struck Christchurch, plans were put on hold. Opening on Saturday 22 June, S/F will divert from the original project and instead expand upon Temporary Housing + Shelter, a publication and exhibition project produced in collaboration with Whatever Press (Tokyo) for the 2012 Tokyo Art Book Fair.

For The Physics Room 2013 exhibition project, Xin Cheng, Michael Parr and Blaine Western will improvise a display and furniture system constructed from a selection of raw materials locally sourced through TradeMe, exploring opportunistic forms and the versatility of materials in common usage. They will consider the objectives of space through various interim structures that establish form in multiple configurations and suggestions.

A workbook publication document will be produced as part of the project amassing work and writing from a varied group of contributors including Barnaby Bennett, Bekah Carran, Eleanor Cooper, Jessica Halliday, Jack Hadley, Toshiaki Koga, Melanie Keung, Asumi Mizuo, Johnny Moore, James Oram, Bruce Russell, Ella Sutherland, Zina Swanson, Tim Veiling, Bob van der Wall, and Sebastian Warne. Designed by Henry Babbage and Layla Tweedie Cullen, the workbook is edited by Matthew Galloway, Melanie Oliver, Layla Tweedie Cullen, Henry Babbage and Luke Wood.

The S/F project at The Physics Room embraces transitional and temporary methodologies and speculates on the latent possibilities that may exist in opportunistic, collaborative, short-term initiatives. The artists and contributors will consider the use of the gallery space and the potential for printed matter to foster shared experiences and conversations amongst the improvised structures, furniture and a reading space, cultivating relationships through a temporary practice that mirrors the informal projects already characterised as an alternative form of transitional place-making in Christchurch since the earthquakes.

Copies of the publication will be available through S/F
Email to order a copy



By the book
1–29 June

By the book is a collection of vintage publications – on loan from the private collections of Auckland-based artists and photographers.

Organised by artist Asumi Mizuo for S/F, this project presents a broad range of photography from some unexpected sources, including Mizuo’s collection of vintage photogravure print books from Japan.

A series of display tables for the books have been created by Eleanor Cooper and Melanie Kueng.

Special thanks to: Blaine Western, Deborah Smith, Haruhiko Sameshima, Nicholas Stevens.

‘By the book’ is part of the Auckland Festival of Photography.


Sunday 12 May, 3pm at S/F

This clothing collection combines wash’n'wear fabrics and elasticated waistbands with asymmetrical diamante detailing. It’s as if Christian Dior was to come back to life and design for Postie Plus. Comfortable and clearly expensive, because elegnace is effortless. JH

Jack Hadley’s Fashion Collection Release comes after a five-week studio residency by the artist at S/F.

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I went out to Otara and bought all this white polar fleece but now I’m like WTF, this isn’t glamorous, it looks like pyjamas, and not in a Karen Walker S/S’12 kinda way. This is totally like being on Project Runway“.

13 April – 18 May
Preview: Saturday 13 April 10am – 5pm
With a Deleuzian mood board brainstorming session & presentation by the artist at 3pm

Inspired by novelty printed satin boxer-shorts and Newmarket’s mid-range bridal boutiques, Jack Hadley has set up studio at S/F to work on an evening-wear collection to be launched as a fashion show in 5 weeks time. This Saturday will be the first of a series of open studios leading up to the event.

It’s like the more shit it is as clothes, the better it is as art. The first dresses I made were from a $2 fruit printed table cloth and a tube of builder’s silicon. But it is hard to keep being shit. The clothes have started to look like clothes, which is totally obvious and boring. I sound like Picasso wanking on about trying to draw like a child again.” JH


Seeing which way the wind blows: publication launch
A collaborative project by Ella Sutherland and Matthew Galloway

Saturday 2 March
5pm at S/F


Seeing which way the wind blows
A collaborative project by Ella Sutherland and Matthew Galloway

9 February – 2 March

A flag may be used as a symbol, as a signaling device, or as a decoration. It may also be used to perform the simple task of seeing which way the wind blows. ES & MG

From the 9th until the 17th of February, Christchurch designers Ella Sutherland and Matthew Galloway will use S/F as a meeting point and studio, a point of entry into Auckland City. The outcome will be a publication, a flag of sorts, that aims to investigate graphic design as a tool to mark and measure a location. The week-long trip to Auckland will be followed by a two week period of production in Christchurch. Correspondence during this time will be displayed in the S/F space and posted on the S/F website and FB page. Ella and Matt will return to S/F on the 2nd of March to launch the new publication.

S/F opening hours: 9 – 16 February
Saturday: 10am–5pm
Monday to Friday: 10am – 12 noon or by appointment

3C/23 Dundonald Street, Eden Terrace
Email: to make an appointment with Ella and Matt


– 1pm –
Don’t use your dog’s name: reflections on the processing of behaviour

Launch of a series of posters by: Eva Charlton, Melanie Kueng, Gabi Lardies, Quenton Miller, Grant Priest, Angelika Smuga, and participants from the Werkplaats Typografie in the Netherlands: Ilke Gers, Daria Kiseleva, Niko Mihaljević, Christof Nüssli, Erica Preli, Mélissa Pilon, Christine Pogatchnik, Rutger de Vries, Mathew Whittington, and Yin Yin Wong. (All posters will be available for purchase.)

– 2pm –
Beste buren (Dear neighbour)

Ilke Gers will discuss a recent collaborative project during which participants of the Werkplaats Typografie opened up their building to the neighbourhood for the first time.
“Like any place where you live or work, there are people in the neighborhood you get to see every day… We wanted to find out what could be made of this mutual curiosity of people who coincidentally happen to share a location.”

– 3pm –
Launching by myself: some remarks on recent small publishing ventures in Melbourne: a talk by Dr Justin Clemens

A former art critic for The Monthly, Justin has written & co-edited many books on European philosophers, including Giorgio Agamben, Alain Badiou, Jacques Lacan & Jacqueline Rose. A collection of his art-criticism has been published as Minimal Domination by Surpllus. He is one of the directors of the Melbourne publisher

– 4pm –
Publication launch: Muttering for the Sake of Stars published by Surpllus, Melbourne

“Passing from boredom to sex, philosophy to suicide, curiosity to despair, this collection of fragments by the philosopher and writer Jon Roffe constitutes a record of the forced dialogue with existence that is human life.”


Launch party
Thursday 15 November 6–8 pm

Join us at S/F to launch our new publication Temporary housing + shelter and view selected artist editions and zines from the 2012 Tokyo Art Book Fair.

Temporary housing + shelter was produced for the 2012 Tokyo Art Book Fair, and is a collaboration between split/fountain and Tokyo-based Whatever Press. In Japanese ‘temporary housing and shelter’ would usually be translated into a combination of words that simply indicate post-disaster, the quick erection of buildings, and emergency evacuation centres. However, the split/fountain and Whatever Press project explores wider concepts around this theme and questions what ‘temporary’, ‘housing’, and ’shelter’ mean for the world and for ourselves.

Temporary housing + shelter was made possible with generous support from the NZJEP Programme and Creative New Zealand.


Xin Cheng

27 October – 8 December
Preview: Saturday 27 October from 1pm

A new exhibition project by Xin Cheng at S/F


S/F is pleased to be participating in the 2012 Tokyo Art Book Fair (21–23 September), New York Art Book Fair (28–30 September), and Vancouver Art/Book Fair (6–7 October).

Representing: split/fountain publishing, Artspace, DDMMYY, Index Press, Michael Lett, The National Grid, The Silver Bulletin, Vapour Momenta Books, as well as selected artist editions.

Please note that S/F will be closed from 15 September until 6 October, and will reopen again on Saturday 13 October.

S/F’s participation in the Tokyo Art Book Fair is made possible with support from the NZJEP Programme. Participation in the New York Art Book Fair and Vancouver Art/Book Fair is made possible with support from Creative New Zealand.


Temporary housing + shelter
split/fountain and Whatever Press present Temporary housing + shelter at the 2012 Tokyo Art Book Fair (21- 23 September) – a collaborative publication and exhibition project including furniture by Daikei Mills and Xin Cheng. The publication, co-published by S/F and Whatever Press, is edited by Bopha Chhay, Asumi Mizuo, Masashi Kido, Layla Tweedie-Cullen, and Momoko Usuda.

Publication Contributors:
Henry Babbage, Enrico Bravi, Bopha Chhay, Xin Cheng, Nariaki Chigusa, Kah Bee Chow, Common Sense, HIMAA, Robert Hood, Hirofumi Isoya, Keisuke Kawaguchi, Masashi Kido, Fumie Kikuchi, Azusa Kobayashi, Toshiaki Koga, Ryosuke Makitani, Nell May, Daikei Mills, Asumi Mizuo, Takeo Nakai, Mariko Okazaki, Michael Parr, Gaku Shingu, onne terre, Jun Tsujimoto, Layla Tweedie-Cullen, Momoko Usuda, Blaine Western, Suzuko Yamada, Lim Kyung Yong, et al.

Special thanks to: Futoshi Miyagi, Zines Mate, Patrick Tsai, Nayon Sung, Toshimasa Kimura.

Image by Nell May

Temporary housing + shelter is made possible with generous support from the NZJEP Programme. and Creative New Zealand


The Dumb Waiter presents 2–5pm
Saturday 8 September 2–5pm at S/F

Sometimes we think producing is just a clever way of consuming. Like, for example, the grass-grown-stairs, on which we met the woman, we have loved the most in our life, Aubergine pulled out a plate of long green asparagus and waved them around, pointing them at people, who smiled. One didn’t know if the things could be cooked. That is The Dumb Waiter.

The Dumb Waiter is Robert Snowden and Scott Ponik.


Robert and Scott have been brought to Auckland by Artspace where they have curated STEINBERG, SAUL. THE NEW YORKER. NEW YORK, 1945–2000. (HAROLD, WILLIAM, ROBERT, TINA, DAVID, EDS.)


Saturday 11 August, 2pm
Talk by Dino Chai

Dino will discuss his current exhibition project Bare walls, empty room, and the making of six spatial interventions within a single room for six consecutive weeks.

For the fourth installment of Bare walls, empty room Catherine Griffiths and Bruce Connew present ‘CLUB DE CONVERSATION’. The designer/artist duo will be at S/F from 1 – 5pm on Saturday 4 August to discuss a selection of publications and artist books they have collaborated on, their house/two studios project, and more. The S/F space will be transformed once again by Chai especially for the occasion. — with Bruce Connew and Catherine Griffiths.


S/F is pleased to present Art Hotel as part of National Poetry Day 2012

A collaboration between Wystan Curnow and Dino Chai

Two performances at S/F
Friday 27 July, starting 7pm
Saturday 28 July, starting 7pm

Poet and writer Wystan Curnow will present a poetry reading within an installation by Dino Chai created especially to stage the event. Art Hotel explores the poetics and the politics of memory and space, and is the third installment of Chai’s Bare walls, empty room, a series of six architectural interventions within the S/F space in Eden Terrace, Auckland (14 July – 18 August 2012).

Art Hotel is made possible with the generous support of National Poetry Day 2012, New Zealand Steel and BLOCK Foundation, Auckland.

Dino Chai
Bare walls, empty room

14 July – 18 August 2012
For the duration of Bare walls, empty room S/F will be open on Saturday from 1 – 5pm or by appointment.

Sometimes I find the empty void that expands between materials most poetic and the shadows that fall onto a naked surface most mesmerising.’

S/F is pleased to present Bare walls, empty room by Dino Chai, a series of six architectural interventions within the S/F space in Eden Terrace, Auckland. Realised one per week, every Saturday for six consecutive weeks, Bare walls, empty room explores the poetics of architectural space. Each installation will be accompanied by a short text written by Chai.

See images of Bare walls, empty room #1

See images of Bare walls, empty room #2

See images of Bare walls, empty room #3

See images of Bare walls, empty room #4

Curated by onne terre and Layla Tweedie-Cullen with Nat Cheshire, Chai’s Bare walls, empty room attempts to exhibit architecture in a new format and promote discourse around the work of emerging architects in New Zealand.

A publication documenting the installations will be produced and distributed by S/F later in 2012. Auckland artist Asumi Mizuo will photograph the series with a selection of images available to view each week on the S/F website.

Dino Chai completed a MArch(Prof) at The University of Auckland in 2011. His project 100 Rooms of Solitude was the student grand prize winner at the 2011 AAA Cavalier Bremworth Unbuilt Architecture Awards.

Bare walls, empty room is made possible with the generous support of New Zealand