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Samoa House Library is excited to present *curriculum*, an education programme which was developed with a focus on providing a horizontal structure within which practitioners can share knowledge and resources on a peer-to-peer basis.​

The entire programme of *curriculum* is free and open to all. We encourage participants to engage on their own terms. The programme’s open and nonlinear structure allows participants to attend as many or as few sessions as they want. Within this programme, the relationship between teacher and learner, speaker and listener will be actively interrogated and tested. While each session will be guided by our invited practitioners, the voices of all participants are equally weighted.


Alternative education models often emerge in response to the insufficiencies of established institutions. While less secure, they benefit in many ways from their relative independence and freedom to address these insufficiencies. *curriculum*’s less outcome-oriented approach allows for more emergent qualities and forms of thinking to develop—those less likely to be accounted for in more conventional settings. *curriculum*’s discursive, conversationally-driven model aims to be both generative and generous. It is a more openly vulnerable process that embraces contingency and uncertainty. This type of conversational research is formed around convivial relations and kinship—it requires, and benefits from, ongoing collective negotiation and discovery.


Invited practitioners and chosen texts


  • Art Makers Aotearoa

  • The Killing (p.A. Daniella Bay, Venus Blacklaws, Tristan Bloemstein, Minsoh Choi and Meleseini Faleafa)

  • Fiona Connor (Laurel Doody Library Supply 2021 deposit)

  • Melanie Tangaere Baldwin

  • Ema Tavola

  • Nigel Borell and Coco Solid (texts: Toi Tū Toi Ora: Contemporary Māori Art by Nigel Borell and How to Loiter in a Turf War by Coco Solid)

  • Leone Samu Tui (text: "I do still have a letter": Our sea of archives by Alice Te Punga Somerville in Sources and Methods in Indigenous Studies, 121-127.



  • Pouarii Tanner (text: Decolonizing Wealth, Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance by Edgar Villanueva)

  • Jack Tilson (Materials for the New Zealand Potter by J. C. Schofield)

  • Hone Bailey (The Old-Time Maori by Makereti Papakura)

  • Davina Thompson (text: Living by the Māori Moon by Wiremu Tawhai)

  • Cole Meyers (text: Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg)

  • Daniel Satele and Hollie Fullbrook (text: Furor Scribendi by Octavia E. Butler)

  • Janet Lilo and Jody Yawa McMillan

  • Grayson Goffe and Tiare Turetahi


  • Roman Mitch (text: The Victorian Interpretation of Racial Conflict by James Belich)

  • Tash Keddy and Oliver Gilbert (texts: Mourning the Body as Bedrock: Developmental Considerations in Treating Transsexual Patients Analytically by Avgi Saketopoulou, and The Psychogenesis of a Case of Female Homosexuality by Sigmund Freud)

  • Eu Jin Chua and Elle Loui August (texts: Universal Emancipation: The Haitian Revolution and the Radical Enlightenment by Nick Nesbitt and The Question Concerning Technology in China: An Essay in Cosmotechnics by Yuk Hui)


  • Concluding session with SHL organisers

  • Aqui Thami (select texts from Sister Library’s collection were available for browsing throughout residency)

  • Heidi Brickell (Politics and knowledge: Kaupapa Māori and Mātauranga Māori by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal Marutūahu, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāpuhi, and A fine risk: Ethics in Kaupapa Māori Politics by Te Kawehau Hoskins Ngāti Hau, Ngāpuhi)

  • Feeonaa Wall (The Samoa Islands: Vol 1: Constitution, Pedigrees and Traditions by Dr Augustin Kramer, translated by Dr. Theodore Verhaaren, Augustin Kramer's account of his sojourn in the Samoa Islands from 1897 to 1899,  The Samoa Islands: Vol 2: Material Culture by Dr Augustin Kramer, translated by Dr. Theodore Verhaaren, Pratt's Grammar & Dictionary of the Samoan Language, Old Samoa or Flotsam & Jetsam of the Pacific Ocean by John B. Stair, and The Journal of the Polynesian Society)

  • Huni Mancini (text: excerpts from: Indigenous Time and Space by Tevita O Ka'ili in Marking Indigeneity: The Tongan Art of Sociospatial Relations, 23–33, Introduction: Context Collapse and the Production of Mediated Space by Carolyn Marvin and Sun-ha Hong in Place, Space and Mediated Communication: Exploring Context Collapse, Kaitiakitanga: The Role of the Māori Archivist by Jeanette Wikaira in Archifacts, 46–49, and Architecture from the Outside: Essays on Virtual and Real Space by Elizabeth Grosz, 122)

  • manuel arturo abreu (texts: The Dark Jester by Wilson Harris, The dreaming quipucamayoq: Myth and landscape in Wilson Harris' The Dark Jester by Jonathan Highfield, The Labyrinth of Universality: Wilson Harris’s Visionary Art of Fiction by Hena Maes–Jelinek, and Selected Essays of Wilson Harris edited by Andrew Bundy)

  • Samuel Te Kani and Gregory Kan (texts: The Ontology of Complex Systems by William Wimsatt, Robustness and Entrenchment by William Wimsatt, Entrenchment and Scaffolding: An Architecture for a Theory of Cultural Change by William Wimsatt, The Haunting of Hill House series, and Russian Doll series)

  • Mohammad Salemy (texts: Art After the Machines by Mohammad Salemy and a draft of Exhibition by Design: Auto-curation in the Age of Algorithms by Mohammad Salemy)

  • Tao Wells (text: Socialist Goody Two Shoes Hierarchy Battles)

  • Daniel Michael Satele (texts: Education: A Mini Reader compiled by Daniel Michael Satele which includes excerpts from: Mabel McKay: Weaving the Dream by Greg Sarris, Te Whare Pora: The House of Weaving in Māori Weaving with Erenora Puketapu-Hetet, Whispers and Vanities in Samoan Indigenous Religious Culture by Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Ta'isi Efi, ‘Schools of Learning’ and ‘Tohunga’ entries in An Illustrated Encylopedia of Traditional Māori Life, Tupaia, the Navigator Priest by Anne Salmond, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari, and Self-Design and Aesthetic Responsibility by Boris Groys)

  • Rebecca Hobbs, Layne Waerea, Fiona Jack, Cameron Ah Loo-Matamua, and Taarati Taiaroa (texts: Tom Friedman by Bruce Hainley, Dennis Cooper, and Adrian Searle, 104–107, The Classroom as a Metaphorical Canoe by Teresia Teaiwa, Romantic Call by Patra and Yo-Yo, and Paulo Freire, Politics and Pedagogy: Reflections from Aotearoa-New Zealand edited by Peter Roberts, and Free Dust by Layne Waerea)

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