Reserve Contribution: Tour #4

Date: 22nd March

Meeting Place: Vero Centre (public foyer), 48 Shortland Street, Auckland Central

Time: 4 p.m.

Duration: 4-5.30 p.m.

IMG_1359Description: “Bonus floor provisions allow developers to increase the floor space of a private development by providing public access or benefit from the change. These usually take the form of pedestrian access ways through buildings, referred to as “through-site access”, and may include widened footpaths. Bonus provisions may also be gained through the provision of public viewing decks, plazas, and privately-owned art works that are accessible to the general public” (Waitemata Local Board, 2016).

Intention: To visit various sites in Auckland CBD (and surrounds) that have been designated and created as ‘public spaces’ in exchange for property developers increasing the floor space (bonus floor concessions) of inner city buildings. Members of “Reserve Contribution” and their guests are invited to carry out a variety of interventions along the guided tour. These interventions will consider the myriad trade-offs agreed between developers and city planners and the resulting visibility and accessibility (or lack thereof) of these spaces that the provisions have been enacted to provide and protect. Tour #4 will culminate in a shared evening picnic at the City Works Depot on Cook Street.

Intervention: Philippa Nielsen “Bonus Floor Space”

Image Credit: Joseph Jowitt

Reserve Contribution, 2017: Philippa Nielsen, Jemma Nissen, Deborah Rundle, Layne Waerea, and Joseph Jowitt

Metta Loops

Metta is a Buddhist practice, which translates as gentle-friendliness or loving-kindness. The story goes that a group of monks were meditating in a haunted forest, and the shrieks and moans of the ghosts frightened them so much they went to the Buddha and begged not to be asked to return. Buddha said that they must return to the forest but that he would give something to return with: the gift of Metta practice. And so they returned, and with Metta healed the ghosts of the forest, and were able to practice in peace.

So, for City Loops, I would like to share the gift of Metta. It is a practice I have heard of only recently, and as I am a pick-a-path practitioner, while I do not describe myself as Buddhist, I find that many of the philosophies and practices are extremely intelligent, kind and useful. I am no expert, I share what I have learned with an open heart.

Much of what I have learned of Buddhism has come from Tara Brach – listen to her talk on Metta here.

Metta works in concentric circles, and the phrases are short and are repeated as many times as necessary. The phrases I have used for this project are the most simple ones I have found.

As on the plane when the oxygen masks drop down, you start with yourself:

May I be safe

May I be happy

May I be strong

May I live with ease

Once you feel that you can breathe, you apply Metta to someone near:

May you be safe

May you be happy

May you be strong

May you live with ease

And so you work outwards from yourself, perhaps working towards practicing Metta in relation to someone you have difficulty with, always returning to yourself as needed. After some practice you will have built up enough loving-kindness to be able to say:

May all beings be safe

May all beings be happy

May all beings be strong

May all being live with ease

And really mean it.

For Metta Loops, I have chosen the medium of stickering to share the loving-kindness.

If you would like to participate in this project, please do. Make your own signs or stickers and deliver them to your corner of the world. If you would like a set of the stickers I have made please contact me with your address and I will send them to you – email for pdf, postal for real ones.

metta loops 01 - may i be safemetta loops 02 - may i be happymetta loops 03 - may i be strongmetta loops 04 - may i live with easemetta loops 05 - may you be safemetta loops 06 - may you be happymetta loops 07 - may you be strongmetta loops 08 - may you live with ease


Fermentation Traders

Chris ( / and Philippa ( will pull a handmade cart around the Devonport area, trading handmade sauerkraut for foods from local lunchers, finishing with a mixed-up shared feast at the north side of the Devonport Library.
Friday 24 February 2017
11-11.30: Meet up at the north side of the Devonport Library (we will be the ones with the wonky cart) – all welcome! We will have ferments to share (you are also welcome to byo ferments for trading)
11.30-12.30: Fermentation trading (fan out around Devonport individually, in pairs or whatever…)
12.30: Feasting, all welcome (you are welcome to come just for the feast)

Various Sources

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Various Sources is a free one-page research digest that uses images and captions from a wide range of sources to explore a different visual, textual, or conceptual idea in each issue. It hopes to emphasize that research happens everywhere and all the time and isn’t confined to written/academic/philosophical sources, but rather includes things like online memes, plants, and things that happen on the street. Various Sources will be putting out a new issue every week of March, available for free inside dairies in the Grafton Shops on Park Rd (near the hospital).

Where: Convenience Stores in the vicinity of AUT

When: New issues every full week in March.

Various Sources Project Page

Drawing from Memory


The tension between what we see and what is there in the object, between phenomenon and thing, preoccupied Kant more than two centuries ago. Appearances have not become any less misleading in the meantime. But the consequences of mistaking the appearance for the object have amplified: when the properties of an object exceed human perception—too vast, too slow, too fast, too small, too complex—do we convince ourselves they are not there to begin with, or do we recognize what eludes our grasp?

(Christina Schmidt, Caught in a Bad Romance)

This project began in 2014 as a way to practice collaboration and friendship. This iteration sees collaboration as a process of drawing attention to the possibility of a space ‘coiled within and between’ what we experience individually. A collaborator’s motivations and ideas, no matter how well communicated, are always slightly hazy, they always elude us. Instead of being able to look straight-on at thoughts (everything right ahead, everything in perspective), they are caught in peripheral visions- glimpses of meaning come forward every now and then.

Drawing from memory explores the everyday moments when communication breaks down to humorous effect. How can we re-think this as a generative ground for possible exchange?  (Mis)hearing, (mis)translating, (mis)understanding are often signs of a collaboration falling apart, however we have decided to embrace these moments and run with them. Building on the idea that things just-out-of-view can seem abstract or morph into something completely unexpected, the perception and interpretation of objects and sounds in this project are just as disconnected to reality. What’s real, remembered, and imagined are thrown into question.

What: Drawing from memory, an outdoors installation of sound and objects

Where: Newmarket Park

When: 25th Feb (rain date: 26th Feb)


Drawing from Memory Project Page