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photographs / Bruce Connew

‘Installation with mirror and line’ working with the circle form, a mirror ‘O’ (the mirror belonged to my late mother-in-law) which references an unbuilt mirror work awaiting suspension in a downtown city street, not far from the exhibition site, this response to Transitionalfieldwork – 36.8670511, 174.7597644 (with fluorescent builder’s line from my construction kit) considers the vertical shift between the now, past and future.


/ Catherine Griffiths, 2016

studio test and drawings for installation / Catherine Griffiths, 2016



top: Rebecca Steedman + David Cowlard, Transitionalfieldwork (booklet)
Oliver Neuland, SlimRide (video) / Transitionalfieldwork (poster)
Caroline Powley, Designated surface (drawings)

middle: Ruth Watson, Soon-to-be-lost addresses (boxed) / O.N., SlimRide (video)
Yolunda Hickman, Buildings (carpet) / Lucky Bulldozer, Shaddock Street (video)
C.P., Designated surface (drawing) / C.G., Installation with mirror and line

bottom centre + right: R.S. + D.C., Transitionalfieldwork (posters, rocks, map, sound)


Catherine Griffiths, 2016


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


Installation with mirror and line


Transitionalfieldwork – 36.8670511, 174.7597644, a group exhibition

‘Installation with mirror and line’ ... my response to Transitionalfieldwork, DEMO artspace, 21 Shaddock Street, Auckland, 6–9 December 2016

Curated by Rebecca Steedman and David Cowlard, Transitionalfieldwork – 36.8670511, 174.7597644 invited responses to a territory flagged for infrastructural development. Respondents /researchers were given 6-weeks to imagine; re-imagine; map or record an archive of the existing landscape, or propose alternate futures as the starting point for an ongoing enquiry into our changing geo-spatial relations.

David Cowlard
Catherine Griffiths
Yolunda Hickman
Oliver Neuland
Caroline Powley
Nick Spratt
Rebecca Steedman
Ruth Watson

“The catalogue of forms is endless: until every shape has found its city, new cities will continue to be born. When the forms exhaust their variety and come apart, the end of cities begins.” – Italo Calvino, ‘Invisible Cities’

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