The Physics Room is excited to share a new artist-led publication, Heavy trees, arms and legs. Developed following The Physics Room exhibition Heavy trees, arms and legs: Nicola Farquhar and Sorawit Songsataya at the Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū in April 2021, this book contains contributions from Abby Cunnane, Nicola Farquhar, Gregory Kan, Sorawit Songsataya and Rebecca Tamás. Nicola Farquhar and Sorawit Songsataya will be in attendance for the launch event.

‘Heavy trees, arms and legs’ is a line from Rebecca Tamás’ poem Palermo. The weight of limbs—branches, bones, roots, tendons—was a foundational reference in this exhibition of new works by Nicola Farquhar and Sorawit Songsataya: the idea of gravity as a compositional force that shapes us as living bodies, and connects us with elements in the natural world. The publication is intended as a way to continue a dialogue after the exhibition, and includes new page works by Songsataya, a series of texts by Farquhar, essays by Kan and Cunnane, and Tamás' poem from which the project as a whole borrows its name.

Heavy trees, arms and legs will be available to purchase in the gallery and through the online shop for $35.


  • Edited by Hamish Petersen and Gwynneth Porter
  • Designed by Yujin Shin
  • Printed by Spectrum Print, Woolston


  • Free


  • Thu 08 Sep


  • 4:00 pm — 6:00 pm


  • 301 Montreal Street
  • The Arts Centre Registry Additions Building
  • Ōtautahi Christchurch