“Body As Commodity” // Performance + Installation

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IMG_20141202_184813“Body As Commodity”
Performance + Installation
Body as RealDoll(tm), batteries, usb>usb cables

VECTOR Gallery
Select Art Fair
Booth C4
Art Basel Miami 2014
Group Show
12/ 2/3 5-7pm
12/ 6 1-2pm
12/ 7 4-6pm

Past performance //
VECTOR Gallery
154 E Broadway
nyc, ny
10002
08/01/14
11-12am
Gallery Opening
(group art show)

Lena Marquise (LenaMarquise.com) is a performance artist who focuses on art direction, and works within installations, adding an element of static sculpture – she conveys tension with her choice of position and blocking, as well as the placement of the audience. In concept as well as in practice, Marquise focuses on the duality of creating works as the voyeur, as well as the exhibitionist.

“Body As Commodity” forces the active audience to consider whether using a doll for sexual pleasure commodifies sex more or less immorally than using a real body for amenities that can be monetarily quantified, such as energy; the charging of a mobile phone.

This performance piece uses the exchange of literal energy (battery life) for figurative energy (use of a body) at a monetary expense to exemplify the exchange of simulated sexuality for monetary gain.

Inserting sexually explicit construct into a socially acceptable context, the audience participant is liberated from societal ethics in order to better assess their personal moral stance on the use of a body for personal gain.

The aim of this exchange is to challenge the audience, asking them to question how the social presentation of sexuality may be affecting their seemingly inherent moral standing.

The participant is also forced to reflect on the ability of their desire to become a need, how great their need for energy can become at times of impending technological dissonance (such as a dying mobile phone), and how it can eclipse the social ethics instilled in them.

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Kink: Theory + Practices

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The dark allure of Dominance and submission has reached a wide array of minds in the past few years. It is our observation that many who resonate with its principles and wish to experience its mysteries lack the proper key (or even door). Mistress Lady Wednesday and La Grotta have jointly fashioned a solution to this problem. “Kink: Theory and Practice” will provide a concise and thorough tutelage to novices of varying experience levels. Our Mistress will be giving an introductory lecture regarding the spectrum of approaches taken to the field of BDSM. After steeping in this knowledge, participants will be provided with hands on experience; an opportunity to play with some of the techniques discussed in a comfortable supervised atmosphere.

The world of kink grants access to deep reserves of power (for Doms, subs, and “switches” alike). In the spirit of mystery and self-exploration, Frater Baldur will be giving a half hour lecture on Sex Magic and its potential application in the realm of Dominance and submission. We will conclude the evening with a social mixer for attendees to mingle and meet with other starry eyed participants.

9:00 // Doors
9:15 // Theory
9:45 // Practice
10:15 // Application
11:00 // Sex Magic
11:30 // Mixer
1:00 // Fin

Sponsored by La Grotta, Boudoir Rouge, CatLand, and Purple Passion//DV8

To purchase advanced tickets online for $15, please visit kinktheoryandpractice.brownpapertickets.com

Tickets will also be available at the door for $25

The LaBiancas – Live // CMJ 2012

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Show info // Friday, October 19th, 2012 // 9:30PM

@ Demi Monde, 90 Broad St. [entrance on Stone St.] NY, NY

About the band //

“NY-based Charles Manson concept band The LaBiancas have declared the advent of a new world order, a post-apocalyptic 1960s for a post-apocalyptic generation.  This is the sonic equivalent of a collaborative effort by The Beach Boys and Simian Mobile Disco, circa 2042.  Their debut album is set for a November 20th release date, and we just know they have all sorts of witchy surprises in store for us.  Oh good!” –Asthma Magazine

Listen // soundcloud.com/TheLaBiancas

Visit // http://www.thelabiancasband.tumblr.com

Write // TheLaBiancasBand [at] gmail [dot] com

Interview With XXXtravaganza Magazine

PORN PRODUCTION

October 5, 2012

We met with Lena Marquise, performance artist and creator of all things erotic to discuss porn production and why she makes porn. She reveals what sexuality means to her and why she wants the eroticism she creates to be more that just about arousal and entertainment, but the psychology of both as well. 

In the past I have worked on various porn projects and although my work is not always explicitly pornographic, there is nothing I do that doesn’t have some erotic focus. Recently I was working with a company making erotic films, but left because I felt it was moving too much towards the mainstream purely for revenue, and that’s not what I want. I want to express myself and explore various elements of sexuality in an entertaining fashion. There is an intellectual side to porn.

I find most porn incredibly boring and don’t typically watch it. So I’d say I’m making porn for myself, as a way to vent my own, and other people’s, frustrations. Inspiration for my work comes from my own experiences and/or interactions I’ve had with others. I am working on bringing back more artistic erotica as well as exploring the intellectual aspect of human sexuality, gender and social bias.

Sexuality for me exists in the mind as something that triggers the brain to create arousal. Although I believe sexuality exists, I think it coexists with things people choose to think about first: penetration, pain, tension. Sexuality in its raw form is just mindless arousal.

But arousal can be stimulated by something very simple that isn’t necessarily what society might consider sexual. For example, imagine a video of a cucumber repeatedly entering a cup full of vanilla pudding. For one person the images might connote a delicious snack and for another, a memory of getting fisted by someone wearing a green nurse’s glove. Either way, viewers are aroused. In fact, I don’t think that vaginal intercourse is necessarily sexual. I mean if you spoke about it in more medical terms it’s two mucous membranes rubbing against each other in a place that happens to have a particular type of sensitive nerve endings that make it intense. This is what interests me: psychosexuality. I make people think what is it about being dominated or force fed, or whatever their fetish or desire they have, that they find arousing.

In my film work I want to open people’s sexuality in a positive way. I’m not trying to push people to take themselves to dark mental places that make you question the very goodness of humanity. My films focus on arousal of the viewer, and perhaps open internal questions about how they work. In this way, I think porn should exist to give people the option to explore themselves and their sexuality.

http://xxxtravaganza.com/porn-production/