LIGA space for architecture in Mexico City and Argentinian architecture gallery Monoambiente teamed up to create a cross-country installation by S-AR architects.
For its twenty-third edition LIGA, who deals with aspects of architecture exhibition, saw the request of the Argentine gallery Monoambiente, to organize a curatorial experiment with 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 the support of 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 called and accepted the challenge of a simultaneous intervention at LIGA and at Monoambiente. Proposing a strategy applicable to each of the two spaces, they used steel mesh: 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.