Trailer for Video/Sculpture Installation at IDIO Gallery, June 15 - July 15, 2017, open to the public from sunrise to sunset.

Press release

IDIO Gallery presents Radical Hospitality, an interactive installation by Montana Simone, in her first large-scale New York solo show. The outcome of more than two years of work, research and experience, Radical Hospitality is an investigation of the stranger, of place, and of interactions on the edge. The multimedia installation presents a 1.5-hour abstract film shot in 30 days throughout the Mediterranean, into the Middle East, across Western Europe and up to the Arctic Circle. An itinerant with only a camera, Simone’s eye documents the experience of unsolicited hospitality in these cultures subtly labeled as hostile in current Western discourse.

Installed in the basement of IDIO Gallery, the art space that Simone has held open for the last two years, the public is radically hosted, for the equivalent 30 days straight. Video immerses the viewer, boulder-like sculptures covered in carpets invite the body, and an array of instruments provide creative (or destructive) interaction. From sunrise to sunset, the space will be open to the Absolute Other, any stranger, to do as they please. This extreme performance of unconditional openness is provided to break the silence, express oneself, touch and rest, and create connection and empathy. At every level, from consciousness to body, native to citizen, guest to host, we cross the threshold at the edge and meet ourselves when we meet the strange.

This installation is the participatory step in a long-form conceptual art piece. Audio recorded during the installation will be compiled and added to the film as its score, to create the final product of an experience in the power of empathy and freedom from identity.

Zine made by Montana Simone on the printer in the installation, from photos in the installation, during the opening at IDIO Gallery - Ed. 20