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CLUB DE CONVERSATION, 4th installment of Bare walls, empty room, Dino Chai, S/F, Auckland, NZ.

Dino Chais architectural intervention, Bare walls, empty space and CLUB DE CONVERSATION

Club de Conversation: The Phone Book, 2012, Catherine Griffiths

I Must Behave, 2009, Bruce Connew

Two studios and modest house, 2010—2013

Photographs © Catherine Griffiths, Bruce Connew

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




03 other in(ter)ventions

an international typography symposium, Wellington, NZ

typ gr ph c
a series of compact workshops, Karekare, NZ

installations, exhibitions

7/7, 14 views
Te Tuhi Project Wall, 2023, Aotearoa NZ

Shanghai Art and Design Exhibition, 2017, CHINA

A whakapapa, two lines of women, an installation drawing
All Lines Converge, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, 2016, NZ

Installation with mirror and line
transitionalfieldwork, an exhibition, 2016, NZ

only U know ...
collaboration, Lela Jacobs AW17 Auckland, and SS17 Paris collection, NZ + FR

installation, Typojanchi 2015, 4th International Typography Biennale, Seoul, KR

The Tuwhare Poster Project
fund-raiser for the Hone Tuwhare Trust Writers Residency, NZ

memento :: motif
Proyecto de Arte Contemporáneo Alzheimer, Valparaíso, Chile

The Phone Book
a maquette, for the Club de Conversation project

Club de Conversation at S/F with Dino Chai, Auckland, NZ

Club de Conversation: Keyhole Series and Dials
rug series, Dilana Workshop, NZ

Sound Tracks
installation, The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt, NZ

The Jets
short film, Paris, France


posters, protest, statements

The Best Design Awards
three posters, 2018, NZ

Labour of Love
another word-play poster, 2018, NZ

W in black
drawings in progress, 2017, NZ/FR

The Alphabet
front page takeover of the Sentinel & Enterprise newspaper for 26 days, Fitchburg, USA

The Brexit Series
a word-play poster series in response to Brexit

Raising the Flag
contemplative, suggestive — design unravelled, NZ

Protest Vessel 1/2 PRICE
a collaboration with ceramic artist Raewyn Atkinson, NZ



Bare walls, empty room by Dino Chai is a series of six architectural interventions within the S/F space in Eden Terrace, Auckland (14 July – 18 August 2012). Realised one per week, every Saturday for six consecutive weeks, Bare walls, empty room explores the poetics of architectural space. Each installation is accompanied by a short text written by Chai.

For the fourth installment of Dino Chai’s Bare walls, empty room Catherine Griffiths and Bruce Connew presented CLUB DE CONVERSATION (The Conversation Club). The designer/artist duo appeared at S/F on the afternoon of Saturday 4th August, and conversed with those visiting the space, discussing a selection of publications and artist books they have collaborated on, the model of their two studios/house project, and new work from Club de Conversation. The S/F space was transformed once again by Chai especially for the occasion.

related links

The Jets
memento :: motif
Club de Conversation:
The Phone Book

Club de Conversation at S/F



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