“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.