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16th March – 8th April 2017

Corban Estate Arts Centre
Thursdays – Sundays
11am – 4pm


Please come along and help frugal artists Xin Cheng, Chris Berthelsen, and friends build an ever-growing community shelter made of free and local materials where anyone can hang out, sleep, shelter from elements, and bump up against new experiences and friends.

This is an invitation and opportunity to experiment, imagine, debate, and prototype how we might ‘do’ housing differently in Auckland – in a way that is kind to the living world and generous to you, too. 
Activities include self-building workshops, open discussion and dreaming sessions, and always available free play with various materials.

Tērā tētahi wā ka riro i a koe te mana ki te hanga i tōu ake whakaruruhau – he wāhi hei whakaparore, hei moe, hei tākaro hoki – mai anō i ngā rauemi e karapoti ana i a koe.

也許有一天, 你會有能力, 用身邊的東西來搭造自己的窩: 一個可以聚會、休息、 玩耍的地方。其實, 你現在就擁有這種能力。

Frugal artist collaborators Xin Cheng and Chris Berthlesen met with former Civil Defense educator Jamie Richards to contemplate Climate Change impact in the West Auckland region. During °TEMP visitors are the constructors, hanging out in makeshift shelters in conversation and collaboration. 
°TEMP Shelter will provide opportunities to come together to talk about reuse, ways of sharing and resilience in a way of life different from your normal life at the moment. In such a time your powers of self – reliance and cooperation would mean that you would enjoy everyday challenges and seek to solve dangerous problems cooperatively.

Make-do(ing): Xin Cheng and Chris Bethelsen – http://making­
In early 2014 Xin Cheng and Chris Berthelsen encountered each other by chance through a mutual interest in tyres. Since then they have realised a number of activities across Auckland and internationally.

Xin Cheng has made works for Freedom Farmers (Auckland Art Gallery) and run workshops and collaborative performances in Italy, Taiwan and Korea. She has been working with split/fountain on publication and exhibition projects since 2011, most recently organising the makeshift series (2015). Over April 2016, she designed and made furniture and sculptures from deconstruction waste for Hostel Yume Nomad (Japan). Through hitch­hiking, couchsurfing and volunteering in Aotearoa, Asia and Europe, and undertaking residencies in Norway, Italy, Cambodia, Switzerland and Korea (including living on a trash mountain in Seoul), Xin has developed a strong interest in everyday resourcefulness, improvisation and alternative economies. She studied ecology, psychology and fine arts at the University of Auckland. http://xin-­

Chris Berthelsen’s projects range over work environments, urban design, and alternative education. He holds degrees in art history and economics, and a Masters degree in international business from the University of Auckland. From 2007-9 he was a postgraduate Monbugakusho (Japanese government funded) research student in innovation and advanced Japanese at Hitotsubashi University (Tokyo) and in 2014-15 was a fully-funded postgraduate student in design and creative technologies at the Auckland University of Technology interdisciplinary unit Colab. He is currently working on a publishing project which explores the implications of frugal DIY for engineering and architectural practitioners and organisations. Recent and forthcoming presentations of work (2013-15) include conferences in Hong Kong, Auckland, and Milano, and Japan-focused chapters for the books Farming the City: Food as a Tool for Today’s Urbanisation (Trancity, Netherlands), and Enabling City (Vol. 2) (a publication that highlights projects and people that enhance creative community resilience).

Jamie Richards was the Senior Public Education Adviser at Auckland Civil Defence and Emergency Management. Jamie has worked for Civil Defence and Emergency Management for 10 years, holds a M.I.Fire E and a Graduate Diploma in Emergency Management. His background is emergency services, with 19 years’ service with fire services and health authorities. Over the years, he has fulfilled multiple roles in civil defence and emergency management, with his current role requiring him to specialise in public education. Jamie balances theory and practice with a wealth of experience in operational duties in emergency operations / coordination / crisis centres and field trips to disaster areas around the world.