LIGA at Monoambiente: S-AR
For its twenty-third edition, LIGA is to function as both host and guest at once, dealing with both aspects of the work of an architecture exhibition, at the request of the Argentine gallery Monoambiente, which is organizing the Collaboratory. This curatorial experiment invites three institutions to develop a specific proposal for its space in Buenos Aires. As a result, Storefront for Art and Architecture (United States), The Canadian Centre for Architecture (Canada) and LIGA, Espacio para Arquitectura, DF (Mexico) are collaborating for the first time on a single project, with support from the Graham Foundation (Chicago), and in the process reinforcing the concept of a pan-American network.
Spreading this net, the Monterrey architects S-AR were caught up in it and accepted the challenge of a simultaneous intervention at LIGA and at Monoambiente. To achieve this, the members of S-AR propose not an isolated piece, but a strategy applicable to each of the two spaces, and topologically equivalent in both cases. The connection is also established through the material—steel mesh—and in counterpoint, since the steel is left raw in one space and painted white in the other. While in LIGA the work runs around the perimeter of the space with its three columns, wrapping it from inside in successive, see-through layers, in Monoambiente a single, imaginary, central column rises.
In both spaces, the overlapping meshes produces a moiré effect. This optical effect, perceived when two patterns of near-parallel lines overlap, occurs between meshes separated by just a few centimeters, but also between those that are thousands of kilometers apart, in two different hemispheres, conceptually superimposed from Mexico City to Buenos Aires.
19° 25 10 N, 99° 8 44 W
34° 35 59 S, 58°22 55 W
It is not an impossibility for an object to be both “here” and “there” at the same time. Apparently, quantum physics can explain such an superimposition through the problem of measurement: as long as we are not observing a phenomenon, or measuring it, the smallest elements that make it up behave as they like and, if they seek to do so, could be in two places at once.
In Buenos Aires and in Mexico two works that speak the same language are shown at the same time. In parallel, two objects redefine the space of each of the gallery spaces. The same strategy is deployed both here and there. We can only observe one of the two at any one moment, and a few small differences offer clues that it is not the same object. But the pieces connect in such a way that they generate an (im)material passage that links the two exhibition spaces which share a single mission.
Thanks to the collaboration with LIGA, we have the opportunity to welcome S-AR, a Mexican studio that grounds its work in research and experimentation, developing a new way of approaching architecture in each of their projects.
In its passage through Monoambiente, S-AR leaves us with an intervention that seems to defy time and space with a game in which simultaneously and in a coordinated manner, over 7,000 km apart, they appear to form a complete work. One is not without the other, and vice versa.
Exhibition #15 is the second exhibition of Monoambiente’s programming 2016, entitled: Collaboratory. Collaboratory is a year-round program that focuses on the joint work between Monoambiente and three international institutions: Storefront for Art and Architecture (New York, USA), LIGA Espacio para Arquitectura DF, (Mexico DF, Mexico), and The Canadian Centre for Architecture, (Montreal, Canada) with the objective of generating new networks, views and theories about contemporary and experimental architecture from North to South America.
Monoambiente has been granted the support of Mecenazgo Buenos Aires & Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts for the execution of Collaboratory. The annual project has been declared of cultural interest by the City of Buenos Aires.
Photographies by Manuel Ciarlotti Bidinost
Exhibition #15 A Column is a System
Curated with LIGA, Espacio para Arquitectura, DF (MX)
Designed by S-AR
Director and chief curator: Arq. Martín Huberman
Producer 2015: Lucía Seijo
Producer 2016: Arq. Inés Molinari
Sponsors and collaborators: El Espartano, Normal™, Monte 153C, Oficios Asociados
Oficios Asociados, for manufacturing the piece designed by S-AR.