“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
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


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