Monte Masi uses humour and conviviality to productively complicate his relationship with artists, audiences and other publics. Through a range of discursive social performances, he explores various issues surrounding the field of contemporary cultural production: the conditions under which creative labor is performed and distributed in today’s world. Often these performances reflect on economies of attention: the labour of looking and the development of perspective as a form of work.
As part of contributions to exhibitions and performances, he has produced a guided meditation for artists concerned with sending the perfect email; performed a lecture on the relationship between contemporary art and the game of cricket; sung original songs that have introduced the studios of other artists; and created an ultra-short-term residency program located on his shoulders. Most recently he has lead walking tours of public artworks, where attendees were asked to respond to the works in the manner of sports fans during a heated match.
Recent exhibitions and performances have included Arte Magra: from the Opaque, at the Australian Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide; Symptopia, Concord, Los Angeles USA; Performing the Curatorial, Agora, Berlin; and Give us a Look at the 2012 Next Wave festival, Melbourne.
Monte has recently completed study within the social practice graduate program at California College of the Arts, San Francisco, and holds a Masters degree in visual arts from the University of South Australia, exploring online vernacular video forms and their relationship to contemporary artistic production. Additionally, Monte was a founding member of FELTspace artist-run initiative (acting as co-director of the space from 2007-2010); employed as curator at the Contemporary Art Centre SA 2011-2012; and received a Samstag Scholarship for the visual arts in 2011.