Pop gardens is a mobile Herbal tea project based in the Waitamata local board within Auckland city.
The project part of the Auckland arts and culture public art initiative, POP and was a collaboration between Alex Guthrie and Fresh concept
Tea as a action and activity engages many people engage in their daily rhythm. When tea is being consumed it provides us with a moment of space and relaxation. It is used for a variety of means and crosses most cultures and ages.
Pop gardens is a mobile project whcih encountered people on the streets. Through this random encounter the participants then reencounter the urban environment and are brought to question what the public environment is and how it is used.
What if the green spaces in the city extended beyond the parks of the city and onto our streets where we have daily encounters.
To provoke the participants of the gardens into their own discourse of how the urban environment could be a more productive, meaningful space for humans and other non human parties- the pop gardens offers tools to start these actions offering ‘seed bombs’ which can be used to start herbal plant growth which in turn produces further encounters. These encounters are then extensions of the pop gardens into more stabile permanent iterations throughout the city.
Alex Guthrie, Fresh Concept, POP
Iwakura was a site-specific installation exhibited at the New Zealand Steel Gallery. Participants played with a large synthetic ocean, exploring the distinction between work and play within a gallery context.
Alex Guthrie, Catherine Ellis, Emile Drescher, Jane Park and Auckland Council
Swim Lessons was created for a group show at the late Fuzzy Vibes exhibition Salon des Ferari.
The exhibition featured work from a group of artists curated by Ferari.
Catherine Ellis, Alex Guthrie
team were asked to create a live mural for the Queens Wharf Block Party in the summer of 2015
Catherine Ellis, Emile Drescher.
Three Ramps were created for Pick n' mix, a group show at Yes collective in 2014.
The ramps acted as interior objects to showcase printed work by the exhibiting artists.
Thre three ramps were called tear drops, Cots and Grubs.
The objects were created by Catherine Ellis and Alex Guthrie
Pick n' Mix featured work from Chris Hutchinson, Dirk Peterson, Emile Drescher, Jark Pane, Hugo Christian-Slane, Oliver Latimer, Kelly Pochyba, Ezra Whittaker-Powley, James Smith, Toni Gill, Eden Jayne Short, Jodie Elizabeth Catterall, Catherine Ellis and Alex Guthrie
During the 2016 Columbo Art and Architecture biennale members of Team visited Slave Island an urban housing development under threat of Gentrification and global development and took part in a range of interventions and collaborations with the local community, to produce projects of varying degrees of temporality.
These projects were lead by parties such as the young British Architecture group Assemble and the Architect Will Alsop.
To further diversify the range of projects and add to the performative and imaginary feeling being explored, Alex and Cat created in collaboration with different parties a series of engagements providing tools to play with locals of slave island and reimagine their environment as a space of permissive play.
The engagements were based around making sound as a shared experience and as a tool for collaboration.
We devised three engagements. They were; cup telephones, A piezo microphone and Chatter Rings.
We were able to do this through working with local facilities such as a music school to make the piezo mic and a local Metal worker to create the chatter rings.
To celebrate the Matariki, the Maori New year and its agricultural significance Final_Final_ studios hosted a market and workshops. We were invited to run a agricultural workshop. The workshop called, Wild Food used the urban park as a site to examine the periphery plants which grow in parks. It focused on plants which usually get ignored or scorned as weeds. The plants we focused on have significance to humans as they are edible plants and are rarely acknowledged as being edible. We used Grey Lynn Park as a site to base this workshop due to its abundant collection of edible plants in its periphery growth.
team created two 'head in the hole' photo stand-in which were installed during the Queen's Wharf Block Party event.
Catherine Ellis, Emile Drescher and Sofia Drescher
Participants visited three inner-city studios by bicycle and created a zine through the process. Each participating studio owns a Risograph printer and prepared two designs to be printed in different colours. Each rider received their own supply of paper for the ride and at each stop printed a new design to form a Riso-Ride booklet.
Stop 1: Final_Final
Stop 2: Inky Palms
Stop 3: Speedboat Studio
The event conected the public to the studios involved, connected the local creative community and provided an introduction to Risograph printers.
Spare bicycles for this event were supplied by our local bicycle initiative Loop Groop.
Final_Final, Inky Palms, Spedboat Studio, Loop Groop, Auckland Zinefest
Lunchtime Residency was a residency within the Studio One window gallery. A series of micro-exhibitions were installed over the lunchtime period for a month.
• Ziggy Lever's exhibition entitled a round for rocks and stones
• Chronophonium hosted a series of public talks called Chromaforum inside a custom made inflatable public space. Chromaforum was an part of a series of events held in public spaces through Auckland city
Catherine Ellis, Chromaforum, Paris Kirby, Sophie Schön and Ziggy Lever
In association with Zinefest 2016, team organised a workshop around the the short looped animation know as the GIF.
Alex Guthrie, Catherine Ellis, Emile Drescher, Auckland Zinefest
team were commisioned by Panuku Waterfront Development to activate a large construction wall measuring 60m in length. The mural depicted charcters, objects and structures sinking into water.
Alex Guthrie, Catherine Ellis, Emile Drescher, Frances Hazard and Sofia Drescher