TBA21 Patagonia, 2010

Installation view: 12th International Architecture Exhibition–Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy, 2010
Photo: Courtesy the artist

Single-channel video installation, color, sound
3 min 39 sec
Commissioned by Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary

Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary commissioned architect Hernan Diaz Alonso / Xefirotarch to conceive an experimental pavilion structure for Patagonia, at the base of the Andes in Argentina. The proposal and animation for T-B A21  Patagonia is a manifest experiment in the notion of a remote form of architecture.

"Located at the base of the Andes in Argentina, itself a remote habitat, this permanently occupied proto-museum acts as an augmented aesthetic environment within the otherwise barren landscape of the region. By interjecting a foreign yet sensible intelligence to this habitable node, a new condition is able to arise. Those who engage it find a new and unexpected capacity to access the dynamic and profoundly energetic condition that produces the very environment it lives within. As this mutant form, more organ than creature, transitions from its lightly rooted periphery toward its center, pockets of space emerge, forming the interior of the project." – the artist

*1969 in Buenos Aires, Argentina | Living and working in Los Angeles, USA