Basel - Fair

Art Basel 2016: Oscar Tuazon. Zome Alloy

Messeplatz, Basel

16 Jun 201619 Jun 2016

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 of Steve Baer’s “Zome Alloy” (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 aluminium, the structure is demountable 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.

  • Zome Alloy installation render Zome Alloy installation render

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Special Events

Destination: Basel
Where: Zome Alloy structure on Messeplatz
Type: Talk
Admission: Free

Sun Riot | History of Experimental Solar and Energy Efficient Design
Steve Baer, Rahel Hartmann Schweizer, Caroline Maniaque-Benton, Antoine Rocca, Oscar Tuazon

Destination: Basel
Where: Within the Zome Alloy structure on Messeplatz
Type: Guided Tour
Admission: Free

Masterstudio Design | A Kind of Jazz

Reflecting on the potentials of cross-pollination of disciplines, people and ideas, Ephraim Ebertshäuser and Julia Leitmeyer – both students in the Masterstudio Design programme – together with Thomas Lommée, a Brussel-based designer and guest lecturer, present their works within the Zome Alloy structure. The exhibition invites visitors to experience and actively engage with the propositions.


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Messeplatz Basel, Switzerland