SEX :: DAMIEN MOREAU GETS FCK’D FOR ART (NSFW)

All Photos Courtesy Damien Moreau and Ouroborix: Interview by Kelly Lovemonster

Pornography is the black sheep of entertainment. We all enjoy keeping tabs on the antics of our odd cousin porn, but no one really wants to be seen hanging out with porn. Intellect and adult entertainer Conner Habib’s recent essay “What I Want to Know Is Why You Hate Porn Stars” begins to explore the complex sentiments of desire and disgust our culture has in regards to pornography and the individuals who star in it.

Habib’s essay also challenges the idea that porn stars are victims. He writes that they should instead be regarded as artists who actively and consciously use their bodies to create work that they truly enjoy. I know, what a revolutionary and feminist idea. Enter conceptual queer performer and self proclaimed “ginger fantasy” Damien Moreau. Moreau is an artist and budding porn star who has performed in several BDSM films for kinkmen.com. In Moreau, one finds the perfect example of Habib’s porn star, one who uses sex as his artistic medium of choice.

Moreau and I chatted via La Internet about his journey into pornography, sex as art and his newest erotic short Kangourou. In it, Moreau blurs the lines between fantasy and reality manifesting a scene we’ve all played out in our mind’s eye. The short stars Ryan Patrix, Moreau, and one lucky hanky.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH KANGOUROU from DAMIEN/MOREAU.

AHDM4U: For those people who are still getting familiar with you, tell us who is Damien Moreau?

Damien Moreau: A descendant of the symbolist painter Gustave Moreau, Damien emerged from unrequited desires and whispered fantasies.

AHDM4U: What did you do before you were shooting porn?

DM: I was living in New York City working as an artist assistant for several art world darlings. I met many inspired creators, attended all the cool parties, made friends with celebrities and socialites, sat front row at Fashion Week (blah, blah, blah), but after seven years of the hustle, I traded in the metropolitan dazzle of Gotham for a realignment in nature. Hence I moved to Colorado for creative rehab, you could say.

AHDM4U: When and why did you get into pornography? And have you always wanted to do porn?

DM: It’s not that I knew I wanted to be in porn but more that I wanted to devote my life to sex and film. There has always been this sexual vibration in my being, as a child I communed with Eros. I grew up on a ranch in rural Wyoming which was a very sexually inhibited place to exist. I remember very clearly when I first discovered pornography, I was seven years old. I was walking home from the bus stop, which dropped you in the middle of nowhere, and I came upon a gay porno mag strewn in a ditch, probably discarded by a closeted ranch hand. Anyway, I took the mag and hid it in a drainpipe where I would then frequent and jerk-off lying in the dirt and tall grass. After that it was late-night wavy distortion on Cinemax, then the early cam chatrooms of the Internet.

Ultimately it was my love for film and art that led me to making my own experimental works. But I realized only last year that all this sexual energy I had needed to be expressed in a larger public way. This awakening was brought on by a sexual/spiritual relationship shared with a very unique man, who I met only a few months after moving to Colorado. We opened each other up to the possibilities of sex and its use as a medium to create, following in the paths of our queer forefathers A.A.Bronson, Yoko Ono, Jean Cocteau, and Throbbing Gristle – to name a few. After that experience I came to the conclusion that I had a view on gay film/cinema/porn that was worth sharing so I started applying for work in the porn industry and eventually got a gig for one of my favorite porn sites, KinkMen.com, and now here I am, a year later, exploring the world of porn.

AHDM4U: You’re following in a lineage of pornographic intellects/artists (Lorelei Lee and Conner Habib to name a couple.) These pornographers use sex and their body to challenge mainstream conceptions of who does sex work and why. Many times their work breaks down the false imagery portraying sex workers as victims. So why did you choose sex as your artistic medium?

DM: I’m feeling humbled by this question. Lorelei Lee is not only beautiful and divine but she embodies to me the many dimensions of sex work – it’s not just exposing your body flamboyantly to the world. There is a mass force of intellect, creative energy and intention behind doing so. Reading Conor Habib’s essays were influential when I was first considering working in front of the camera. His honesty about the territory of sex work and life in general struck a chord with me, I could visualize myself in his writing, kindred. Lorelei and Conner have most definitely been influential to a young pornographer like me.

Sex is a universal convolution with both light and dark sides. It has many facets for exploration and ways to connect with others on important topics like belonging. My quest is not one of dispelling myths or stereotypes but instead a search for communion in the union of sex and art. In the end I wish to make visually stunning and physically stimulating concepts that tap peoples’ inner desires that allow them to connect with their sexual being.


AHDM4U: Tell us about your erotic short film Kangourou. What were some of your inspirations, desires and motivation behind this film?

DM: Kangourou is short pornographic film which I categorize as fleshfilm or fleshflick. Kangourou jumps from fantasy to reality as it follows the two protagonist Ryan Patrix and myself on an erotic train ride. I catch a glimpse of Ryan on the platform while he waits for his train. Once I board the train it’s a little unclear if the stranger, Patrix, is also onboard in the physical or if I invent our interaction. Patrix was not only a joy to work with but he is super sexy and smart, which gave me instant scene boners.

The sexiest concept for me in the film is the the tribe within it involving a hanky that becomes the conduit from which the whole sexual fantasy evolves.

I definitely pulled influence from a few favorites: Jean Genet’s short film “Un chant d’amour” and Madonna’s “Justify My Love”. Both of these black and white films connect to lust and passion in a way that I hope Kangourou accomplishes as well.

The title was inspired by one of my all time favorite songs “Kangaroo” by This Mortal Coil.

AHDM4U: Did you enjoy being the protagonist in Kangourou? Was it hard to direct and act simultaneously?

DM: I did enjoy the opportunity to perform outside of a typical [porn] fuck scene. Although it was a challenge to play both actor and director it was not as difficult as I had anticipated. I worked with two creative individuals, I call them the #FleshCrew (the # is silent) heh heh. I hadn’t worked with others in this way before but it was very rewarding to have their input and skill. I’m working with them again soon on a new fleshfilm.

AHDM4U: Is Kangourou based on an actual lived interaction?

DM: The base concept came from the hanky, it smells like fire smoke, which reminds me of that Colorado man I mentioned before. Although we never hooked up on a train we had many sexual adventures. For me this is a tribute to that time bouncing around like a kangaroo.

AHDM4U: Are you working on any other shorts? And will they be erotic shorts?

DM: I am working on a new concept entitled “Quelque Part Familier” a.k.a., “Somewhere Familiar.” It’s a solo video featuring myself. The concept is a bit abstract at the moment but essentially the idea is that place has a sexual being and through the description of place one can evoke a mental and physical sexual experience. This will be another erotic short.

AHDM4U: Is your art/pornographic work a form of sexual activism?

DM: I don’t consciously strive for this but in some ways, yes, it can’t be avoided.

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