The Social Grace of Active Scalp Follicles // video art

Lena Marquise
“The Social Grace of Active Scalp Follicles”
Performance + Music + Video


BIZARRE bushwick bar // performance

BIZARRE bushwick bar // performance

flyer by Lena Marquise


photo by David Troncoso of performance by Lena Marquise [ virgin ∆▼ whore ]

“BURLESQUE” performance on SAT feb 9th MIDNIGHT
by Lena Marquise
a parody of burlesque // antics ensue


12 jefferson st brooklyn ny 11206

The LaBiancas – Live // CMJ 2012


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 //

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

Interview With XXXtravaganza Magazine


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.

“[Look but dont touch.] Touch but dont feel” Performance // Installation by Lena Marquise



photo by Andreas Hofweber


iphoto by Thera Marshall


Installation :: 7pm-3am
Performance :: 8-9pm

essential [erotica] // group art show
Jinn Gallery
623 Broadway nyc, ny

Lena Marquise is a performance artist who focuses on art direction, and works within installations, adding an element of static sculpture – she conveys static tension with her choice of position and blocking, as well as the position the audience is placed within; despite being outside of the conventional context of the installation. In concept as well as in practice, Marquise focuses on the duality of creating works as the voyeur, as well as the exhibitionist.

In “Touch but dont feel.” Marquise invites the audience to be present as voyeurs, and invites them to mentally enter the scene as spectators who fill the empty chair before her.
The rope she is bound by and pulling against shows constant restraint, gag, conveying censorship and constriction of verbally expressing emotions and sexuality. The chair, ever present in the artists work, now takes on an aggressive role, as not only her absent keeper, but also as an introspective on the recent trend to use chairs in sculptural works, as prevalent at the Armory Show 2012. It is the belief of the artist and her contemporaries that emerging trends stifle the artist.

A tangible portion of the installation is the illuminated words cut into a sheet of  black plexiglass “LOOK BUT DONT TOUCH // Touch but dont feel.”, which conveys the artist’s implicit and explicit relationships, those between physicality of emotion, and how the latter applies to the former. The graphics which are attached to the title as a means of solidifying intellectual property, calls to mind the stern warning of a mother to “Look with your eyes, not with your hands!”, in contrast to the following which may have been the wispy words in a faint memory of a whore you loved in Amsterdam, whispering with stale cigarette breath, into your ear.