Thursday, July 12, 2007


Dear Luke

Just wanted to let you know that last weekend's performance, "Fashionably Late for the Relationship," inspired me to do a performance of my own in the same spot.

My piece is called: "Feeling Not So Fresh" and will be 7 hours and twenty minutes long and take place on Sunday the 15th. Radical Performance Group is getting involved and Sofia Holten (ICP) will video tape my performance, Kristi Hall (ETW Tisch) will video tape the whole ordeal, my MAC BOOK PRO with Jitter will time lapse capture the ordeal (no permit, no tripod), and Sabrina Asche (ICP) will photograph. At first we estimated our budget at $100 dollars, then it got cut to $75, now we are at $45...but we are proceeding. We are also calling in a lot of favors from generous friends.

The most I can say right now is that I picked up a small generator today to run my blow drier, am building a solar shower tomorrow, am totally engrossed in setting up the ordeal, and I plan to pluck out ingrown hairs off my bikini line in public.

As a founder of HollabackNYC, I began thinking a great deal about the feminine performance, and life as a performance in general. A lot of my current work is exploring Gender Maintenance Art and I hope to spark a dialog with you and Ms. Sifuentes regarding some of the topics that your performance addressed including: the secrecy of the feminine beauty regime and other topics that swirl around those issues. Particularly the consumerism that is a necessary part of being a cute girl.

Hope that you can pop by, you may even see some titty.

Hopefully I won't get carted away by the fuzz, but video of a dripping wet, half naked, partially made up me in hand cuffs might be worth it.

xoxo Larken

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Gender Maintenance Procedure

Gender Maintenance is an intricate art form, absurd reality, and nasty process. Come see all the behind the scenes work that goes into making a pretty girl. Sunday, July 15th, just East of Union Square and slightly north of 14th Street. For 7 hours and 20 minutes Lauren Larken will get ready to go out. Sofie Holten and Sabrina Asch will direct and capture. Come visit us an 1-8:20 p on the traffic island off of New York City's Union Square lies north of 14th streeat off of the east side of the park. Dividing Park Avenue South into Broadway and 4th Avenue, the island contains a park and a sidewalk area, and draws a lot of pedestrian traffic going to and from Union Square and the subway entrance on the corner of the park. By choosing a highly populated park at a very busy intersection, we hope to heighten the shock effect of exposing what is supposed to be invisible and un-seen.