For the duration of Art Basel, ‘Zome Alloy’, a new structure by Los Angeles-based artist Oscar Tuazon, will be installed on Messeplatz in Basel. An adaptation o Steve Baer‘s ‘Zome House’ (1972), the architectural structure will house a series of events throughout the week – a second version of the ‘Alloy Conference’ that was held in 1969.
‘Zome Alloy’ is a lightweight structural wood shell, designed to accommodate the crowds of people that visit the fair and engage them in the question of what a house can be. Open along the entire south-facing facade, the pavilion takes the form of a single-family home opened to the public. Partially clad in aluminum, the structure is de-mountable and can be seen as an architectural system ready to go into production – a demonstration ‘zome’. The ‘zome’ system produces volumes that, unlike geodesic structures, can be stretched and elongated.
During Art Basel the installation will host the second Alloy Conference. The first Alloy Conference, organized by Steve Baer, took place near La Luz, New Mexico in 1969 with participants from nearby communes and included contributions from Steve Durkee, Lloyd Kahn, Peter Rabbit, and Stewart Brand on energy, structure, materials and alternative building systems. The second edition of the conference, organized by Tuazon, will bring together individuals experimenting at the forefront of engineering and architecture to address those same questions today.
- Oscar Tuazon, Zome Alloy, Art Basel 2016.