Past event

11 May

Samoa House Library X TPR: *Curriculum* Reading Group

11 May. Free entry.

Reading Group
11am, Saturday 11 May

The Physics Room, 301 Montreal Street, Christchurch
All welcome, coffee and refreshments provided

In collaboration with Samoa House Library, The Physics Room is excited to host a session of *curriculum* alongside our current exhibition Distance is a blade. This session will be facilitated by Bonni Tamati and Olyvia Hong.

*curriculum* is an education programme with a focus on providing a horizontal structure within which practitioners can share knowledge and resources on a peer-to-peer basis.

On the day, we will provide a reader of texts connected to themes of storytelling, mythologies and revisitation explored in the exhibition, and together, we'll choose one of these texts for our discussion to depart from.



Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello, ‘In the Animal Garden of My Body’, Academy of American Poets, 2018,

Lauren Berlant with Hans Demeyer, 'Lauren Berlant on Intimacy as World-Making', Extra Extra Magazine, May 2021,

Emilie Rākete, 'In Human: Parasites, Posthumanism and Papatūānuku', Artspace Aotearoa, October 2016,

Ana Chaya Scotney, Scattergun: After the Death of Rūaumoko (Te Whanganui-a-Tara: 5ever Books and Kōtiro Publishing Giant, 2024), 34-37.

Ardit Hoxha, ‘you don’t get it? well that’s the point,’ Snacks (Tāmaki Makaurau: Te Tuhi, 2023), 56-61.


Reading together, learning together. Nau mai, haere mai!


Bonni Tamati (Satalo, Saleimoa, Aleipata, Lepa, Vailuuta, Sasatele, Maleimalu ma Poutasi - Falealili) is operations manager at Samoa House Library, facilitating SHL’s Alternative Education Programme–curriculum–along with a collection of over 7000 donated texts and archives, nine studio residencies, and multiple research and commissioned writing residencies. As a member of the Friends of Maota Samoa | So’otaga fa’alā i Maota, Tamati supports the restoration and historical archiving of Pacific histories at Maota Samoa and the preservation of the building.

Olyvia Hong was born and raised in Tāmaki Makarau. Currently based in Ōtautahi, Hong manipulates found and hand-crafted materials to explore ways in which she can subvert narratives that revolve around loss, grief, self, and familial identities. She was one of the coordinators behind Samoa House Library from 2018-22. Recent group exhibitions include The River Remains; ake tonu atu, Artspace Aotearoa, 2018; I Understand If You’re Busy, RM, 2018; Dog Pit, Satchi&Satchi&Satchi, 2018; and Rabbit on the Moon, Hapori Vol. 6, 2017, all Tāmaki Makaurau.

Free Downloads:
Ana Chaya Scotney, Scattergun: After the Death of Rūaumoko. 2024. 34-37. (pdf) Ardit Hoxha, 'you don't get it? well that's the point.' Snacks, 2024. 56-61. (pdf)