Objectspace and Samoa House Library are delighted to host a night of soundscape responses to the exhibition Oceanic Architectural Routes: The photographic archive of Mike Austin: Presented by Architectus.

Join us for an evocative and immersive experience held in the Fale Maota located inside the Samoa House building on Karangahape Road.

Curator Albert L. Refiti will join the musical collective as they respond to images from Oceanic Architectural Routes.

Designed by Jasmad (now Jasmax), Samoa House was an award winning building when it was ambitiously constructed in 1979 during tensioned political and cultural history in New Zealand. Head architect Ivan Mercep spent time in Falealili, Poutasi learning the age-old techniques of fale construction in Samoa. This iconic building is fascinating in both build and history, having previously housed the consulates for Samoa and Republic of Nauru, community spaces and offices.

The second floor of the building now hosts Samoa House library, an initiative that emerged in response to the closures of specialist libraries at The University of Auckland in 2017. SHL is an independent art library and alternative education platform with a collection of approximately 7000 books; largely donated or purchased through charitable funds.

Please join us for light refreshments and music from 6:30pm. The evening will include two sets with a brief intermission between them, and will run until 8.30pm.

This free event requires registration.


Oceanic Architectural Routes is presented by Architectus. Our thanks to The Purple Gift for providing special support for public programming around this exhibition, and to Samoa House Library for their collaboration.

Exterior of the Fale Maota

Musicians playing as part of Suʻifefiloi talanoa

Samoa House Library