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small workshop | games
"games for creative activity in everyday life
by xin and chris
this page first developed for what could an art centre be?
what could be an art centre?

*ideas for use:
all of these games are free and require little or no preparation. we've got 'something' from all of them.
*most of the time we didn't even realise that they were games until later...

+ try them! (depending on your circumstances they will be more or less improvised and off-the-cuff - don't worry!)

savour, notice,
how do you feel?
+ click on the links to read more, and add your own thoughts/experiences
+ add your general thoughts, comments, ideas, uses here
+ email ANYTHING to"
games  play  chrisberthelsen  classideas  unschooling  deschooling  learning  everyday  life  living  sfsh 
february 2018 by robertogreco
being an artist and parent in a city of riches? w/Tim Devin by a-small-lab
"Part of a series of 'art' conversations for summer art, not-school 2016 in and around Mairangi Bay Arts Centre -

Tim Devin ( is a Boston-based artist, librarian, parent and more. His work supports the need for information and feeling connected that are essential for people having a say in their communities and the world at large. This discussion starts from three points coming out of his project "How to be an Artist and a Parent?" - how to be a "good parent" and also do the other stuff you need to do, the question of what happens to a community life pressures slowly hinder people from being creative, and the fact that both Boston and Auckland are going through huge transformations right now.

Provided in collaboration with Mairangi Arts Centre, with support of Creative Communities Scheme"

[Shared on Twitter: "Listening…"

"making some connections to friendships, community, and housing … + … + " ]
parenting  art  chrisberthelsen  2016  timdevin  community  cities  neighborhoods  somerville  japan  newzealand  realestate  slow  local  politics  housing  zoning  urban  urbanism  activism  friendship  age  aging  education  unschooling  deschooling  aukland  labor  work  gentrification  development  children  creativity  cognitivesurpluss  lcproject  openstudioproject  small  rents  inequality  economics 
january 2016 by robertogreco
Patterns of Creativity in Japan » Resource/Workbook for Thinking, Brainstorming on Japanese Creativity
"Examples of brainstorm/exercises using the Resource/Workbook for Thinking and Brainstorming on Patterns of Japanese Creativity (Available Soon).

The book pairs principles, descriptions and examples of how successful Japanese companies developed the creativity of their employees and organizations with a creative climate toolkit for developing/exploring these ideas in practice.

A book for educational, consulting, pondering purposes. Email"
chrisberthelsen  japan  creativity  books  classideas 
december 2015 by robertogreco
small workshop | summer art, not-school Jan 18-Feb 2016 at and around Mairangi Arts Centre
"Jan 18-Feb 2016 - a free programme of 'art' open to all, at and around Mairangi Arts Centre and their summer art programme. Provided with support of Creative Communities Scheme.
2016  art  unschooling  deschooling  lcproject  newzealand  openstudioproject  learning  education  chrisberthelsen  mairangiartscentre 
december 2015 by robertogreco
a-small-lab | stimulus terrain at MOTAT
"stimulus terrain for innovation processes is a space at the Idea Collective / Innovation Hub at the Museum of Transport and Technology (Auckland, New Zealand).

This is part of a "dynamic, evolving, collaborative project that celebrates New Zealand's vibrant innovation culture" by pairing five diverse New Zealand innovators with artists and designers to illuminate the activity of innovation, ideation, creation and collaboration.

Includes great illustrations by Aya Yamashita, Cua B, and Ayu B.
Based on case of Eat My Lunch."

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chrisberthelsen  innovation  ideation  creation  collaboration 
december 2015 by robertogreco
Making Do
"“Having a conversation with the junk of a City of Riches feels surprisingly cosy.
And inspires intense concentration.

With a makeshift trolley of tools and resources in tow, Xin Cheng, Chris Berthelsen and companions become hypnotized by the fine-grain of Auckland’s native wetlands, urban industrial zones and sub/urban deathtraps. Over a series of walks they begin to work out how to come to terms with the Super City in a pragmatic, generative, and non-goal-oriented manner.”

making do by Xin Cheng, Chris Berthelsen and companions might concern: circumstances and eddies, niches and leftovers, material intrigue, spontaneous constructions and rearrangements, sustenance and pleasures of the senses.
at least.

A sketchbook of the project can be found at "
xincheng  chrisberthelsen  walking  conversation  makingdo  aukland  newzealand  wetlands  urban  urbanism  supercity  senses  generative 
april 2014 by robertogreco
Xin Cheng
"Xin Cheng enjoys tramping and Manuka tea, and would like to be a nomad. Studied at the University of Auckland: BFA(Hons), 2011; BA/BSc, 2005. Volunteered in Cambodia (2013) and Codfish Island (2006) on nature conservation projects. Former co-director of RM project and gallery (2007-2012). Regular at S/F.

Recent projects: From the Northeast, performance at Stazione di Topolò_Postaja Topolove, Italy; Propositions, Freedom Farmers, Auckland Art Gallery; Improvising, ongoing and everywhere."

"making do [ ] with Chris Berthelsen, supported by Artspace NZ

vernacular Cambodia [ ] with Sa Sa Art Project, Phnom Penh, supported by Asia New Zealand Foundation"

"Xin Cheng and I spent several days in conversation - about personal politics, aesthetics, and a philosophy of art. The most significant moments however were actually pretty poetic in simple terms: the texture of a chicken heart bought from a street vendor; the echo of a rock bouncing off the green-tiled-rooftop on which we played; a dog wandering through a garden in the ruins; running from security with spray paint on our fingers.

When I met Xin I was working in Taiwan, teaching children English. Xin had just left Cambodia where she had spent months building an educational nature trail. Both of us had been, in a way, redefining our own approach to things through trying to be useful in the world. Yet we were still connected to our obsessions: Xin to making and I to words. Working in us was the electricity of continually rediscovering life that comes with being in a new place; the freedom of new ways of seeing, the smoothness and unrestrained energy of what Deleuze and Guattari call ‘nomad thought’. And Xin in her gentle, organised and cataloguing way is one of the truest nomads I have ever met.

We wandered the streets and rooftops of Taichung, taking in things as they were, without much in the way of preconceptions or pretence. We talked nonstop, punctuated by Xin pausing to admire the texture of a patch on a wall, photographing a water bottle that hung from a storefront awning by a string as it swayed in the wind like an apple on a branch, marvelling at a chair made out of spare parts. In these memories Xin is like a gardener, and as we walked, a crumbling city street became a flourishing garden of objects under her gaze, each with their own unique ripeness of meaning and beauty… the flows of time and process revealing narratives about the organic inventiveness of necessity, about how things are not permanently one thing. There is something radical in this. She would harvest these ideas through observation, without interfering. Her approach could be likened to her interest in ecology and permaculture farming, in which the found objects that show up her work – the readymades – are refreshingly free from petrifying irony; instead, demonstrating a process of life and living.

Perpetually engaged like children, we spoke in English while the signs around us were in Chinese, but the objects of her fascination were mostly freed from the trouble of language. And in our time together my way of observing was changed by her; her attentiveness to process and understanding of how the small flaws in things are instructive as to their making, and agency in the breathing world - things that I sometimes forget.

Nick Yeck-Stauffer

September 2013"
xincheng  newzealand  aukland  art  artists  chrisberthelsen  walking  tramping  nickyeck-stauffer 
april 2014 by robertogreco
with Mairangi Bay School
"Quick observations, questions and experiments based on interactions with Mairangi Bay School - a small-ish primary school with high education standards located on Auckland's North Shore (New Zealand).

The cooperation of the school in allowing my participation in school events is acknowledged and appreciated. All opinions are my own responsibility.

By Chris Berthelsen: a-small-lab | "

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chrisberthelsen  children  exploration  unschooling  deschooling  ethnography  newzealand  play  curiosity  learning  nature  reggioemilia 
march 2014 by robertogreco
The individual defines the large scale. A city of parts. - Non-Intentional Landscape
"The individual defines the large scale[36]. A city of parts[37]. And depending on your viewpoint each entity has the characteristics of a “whole” as well as a “part”[38]. One does not live beside, but within the Tokyo landscape of gardens, a place of growth, of maximized spontaneity[39]. The individual action of gardening is personal and deliberate – a form of use-related behaviour which addresses human(e) needs through an act of creation which is not deliberately designed (‘professional’) landscape architecture/art[40] [41].

Paralleling the no-center development of Edo, everyday Tokyo takes shape as an accumulation of the activities of individuals or groups making the most of the individuality of distinct place [42] but with a horizontal solidarity that (unlike the all encompassing city visions of Europe) forms (in amorphous aggregate) Tokyo’s non-intentional landscape of not only flowers, green and edibles but memories and meanings, traditions and social norms, relationships and support (this idea is a social psychological extension of the notion of city making as landscaping present in the Edo period[43]). The living urban fabric is maintained by an enormous number of daily small-scale interventions that are an essential part of the process of organic repair[44]."
cities  urban  urbanism  chaos  messiness  complexity  japan  tokyo  organisms  2013  chrisberthelsen  yoshinobuashihara  scale  parts  landscape  architecture  landscapearchitecture  from delicious
january 2013 by robertogreco
Tokyo Tanuki: Learning from Mythical and Real Urban Animals | This Big City
"Investigating urban animals offers unexpected insights for remaking city life so that it is more adaptable and responsive to interaction and sharing. Like buildings and people, animals also have a history in the city, with dimensions that include layers, time, and context. Animal architecture helps us look past materials and structures, and turn our focus to cohabitable microspaces, pleasures, pranks, and cross-species relationships."
fruit  architecture  landscape  structures  malleablestructures  habitat  japanese  myth  relationships  cross-speciesrelationships  pranks  habitation  microspaces  context  time  layers  animals  urbanism  urban  japan  jessmantel  jaredbraiterman  chrisberthelsen  tanuki  multispecies  from delicious
september 2012 by robertogreco
a-small-lab by Chris Berthelsen | Look-A-Round Board Game
"Produced in collaboration with Mammoth School and Knee High Media for the second issue of the Mammoth School free paper, "Look-A-Round" is a board game which encourages learning about city accessibility."
boardgames  mammothschool  2012  urbanism  cities  urban  exploration  disability  accessibility  games  chrisberthelsen  disabilities  from delicious
august 2012 by robertogreco
雨の日の宝物 (Rainy day treasures) Print Pamphlet - a set on Flickr
""......These safe and slow pathways are perfect for tiny feet and their larger commute-weary companions. Dense greens and colourful scented collages reside at the height and scale of little eyes and noses. Irrepressible hands thrive on the mixture of gravel, sand, grass, rocks, sticks and fallen fruit that compose Tokyo carpets. In summer developing ears drink in crickets, cicadas and neighbourhood rustlings...."

A small study on the child's perception of the street.

This document traces the everyday treasures of a rainy day walk to the local sento in suburban Tokyo. It is part of a broader and slightly wonky research and practice agenda on the hand made, everyday creativity, play, and usable environments."
tokyo  education  emergentlearning  emergentcurriculum  mapping  maps  informallearning  deschooling  unschooling  books  2012  slow  creativity  play  discovery  learning  urbanism  urban  children  chrisberthelsen  from delicious
march 2012 by robertogreco
hand-made play » Archive » Understanding the Child-Scale City (Excerpt)
"This document that this excerpt is from is one story of the everyday treasures of a rainy day walk. It is part of a broader and slightly wonky research and practice agenda on the hand made, everyday creativity, play, and usable environments.

What is the child-scale? How can we begin to understand it? How can this experience inform building and design ideas and practice?

Play is intensely important. Start developing an idea of (non)designing for playing. The walk that this extract depicts brought forth ideas of grain/granularity of street surfaces (materials), balance and tracing (paths, curbs), humble events, routine/ritual, liquid (refreshment, ballistics, power)… for a start."
discovery  exploration  urbanism  urban  architecture  design  thechildinthecity  child-scale  education  learning  unschooling  play  mapping  maps  japan  tokyo  cities  children  a-small-lab  chrisberthelsen 
february 2012 by robertogreco
The Works of GOD - a set on Flickr
"Commissioned by a-small-lab, a small research lab in Tokyo which focuses on creativity.

This book features 21 poems, short stories, drawings, conceptual pieces by a number of angsty 20 year olds.

May offend (probably will). Features racist, sexist, and other -ist content. All tongue in cheek but nevertheless harsh.

Please don't view this if you are going to have a problem with it."
chrisberthelsen  japan  tokyo  culture  from delicious
september 2011 by robertogreco
Small Places of Anarchy in the City: Three Investigations in Tokyo | This Big City
“Tokyo, a city of parts where the individual defines the large scale shows the elimination of the hierarchical city, quietly dismissing accumulated forms of power in favour of a situation in which everyone is free to realize their possibilities. Tokyo makes it possible for slim segments of the population to generate their own environments in scattered oases of a vast metroscape. What emerges here is the idea of the city of unimposed order, consisting of communal self-determination on one hand and individual freedom on the other. Here authority is practical, rather than absolute or permanent, and based in communication, negotiation.

Small places of anarchy are zones of human-scale action, attachment and care. They can:

1) Replace state control with regards to an aspect of city life.

2) Take away that aspect from the requirement of majority rule.

3) Promote unimposed order as the style working…"
tokyo  japan  chrisberthelsen  cities  anarchism  anarchy  diy  gardening  urbangardening  urbanfarming  flatness  chaos  yoshinobuashihara  order  selfdetermination  authority  maps  mapping  adaptability  unschooling  deschooling  urban  urbanism  glvo  negotiation  communication  environment  place  meaning  meaningmaking  activism  scale  human  humanscale  2011  horizontality  horizontalidad  from delicious
september 2011 by robertogreco

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