Exhibition Details


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.

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, the facilitators will provide a reader of texts connected to themes of storytelling, mythologies and revisitation explored in the exhibition, and together, participants will chose one of these texts for discussion to depart from.

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, managing the facilitation of SHL’s Alternative Education Programme – curriculum – along with a collection of over 7000+ donated texts and archives, 9 Studio Residencies, and multiple Research and Commissioned Writing Residencies. As a member of the Friends of Maota Samoa | So’otaga fa’alā i Maota, I support 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, 2018, Artspace Aotearoa; I Understand If You’re Busy, 2018, RM; Dog Pit, 2018, Satchi&Satchi&Satchi; and Rabbit on the Moon, 2017, Hapori Vol. 6, all Tāmaki Makaurau.


  • Bonni Tamati
  • Olyvia Hong


  • Free - All Welcome


  • Sat 11 May


  • 11:00 am — 12:30 pm


  • 301 Montreal Street
  • The Arts Centre Registry Additions Building
  • (access from The Arts Centre Market Square)
  • Christchurch