In her latest performance, in summer of 2016, which took place in several major cities: Düsseldorf, Amsterdam, and London, Moiré invited the public people over the age of 18 to touch and fondle her genitals and breasts inside a mirror box, for 30 seconds per person. Most recently, she paid homage to Valie Export's 1960s nudist work and , which were concealed in a large mirrored box with a hole in the middle. Her first nude performance was in 2007 and she has performed nude ever since in order to provide an authentic and unmediated experience. Ms Moire was arrested in Trafalgar Square Image: Peterpalm. I perform in public, so I knew in England, this is normally not allowed, but I hoped that they'd see it as artistic freedom. In England, it was a bit more strict, yes, and the people were not so free.
Were you expecting so many people to touch you? Last year, she was arrested for taking at the Eiffel Tower. What happens when a woman puts her sexuality on public display, assertively takes the initiative and lays out clear rules for the intimate interaction? You were actually arrested in London. The following year, she was arrested again in London for allowing members of the public to touch her vagina whilst placing their hands into a mirrored box around her waist. Anywhere but an art gathering, this would be regarded as a satire on modern cultural emptiness. Peter Palm Were there differences in the ways people touched you in different cities? After being released, Moiré called her most recent arrest an example of the lack of unity that has begun to plague Europe. For me, that's not powerful. I was so surprised because I know that my performances polarize people, but many, many women got my message.
. While performing in London, she was arrested by police and was fined £750, and ordered to pay £85 costs and a victim surcharge of £75. Wan Li So he arrested you because he didn't understand? Especially early in the morning on the way to work, we work almost automatically, often without awareness of our environment. Women have a sexuality, just like men have one. Peter Palm What are you hoping people will take away from the piece, whether they participated in it or just stood there just watching? Before I perform, I am very nervous.
When I did it with the breasts, there were a lot of people. But in the moment, I feel strong and powerful because I am sure that what I do is, for me, right. So far her performance has taken in Dusseldorf and Amsterdam, but when she took her art to Trafalgar Square, in London, she fell foul of the law. I had to pay a 1,300 Euro fine and the cops said what I've done is not art. When you show that a woman has a voice when it comes to sexuality and has rights, I think it's a better way to show that women are not only victims.
Controversial performer Milo Moire had been travelling Europe for her new 'Mirror Box' show, which is designed to promote women's right to not be touched. Moiré has said that there should be no limit to art and that death is the only limit she accepts. In Amsterdam, police were not bothered by her performance—only by the noise coming from her megaphone. A cop didn't understand what I was doing there. They had to check with their chief officer and explain to him what happened. The people were, I think, a little bit nervous, and only focused on the performance or touching me or giving me feedback.
In 2016 she performed naked to protest the 2015 New Year Eve sexual attacks in Germany. She aggressively seeks the feminine expression of sexual self-determination and explores the boundaries of art and bourgeois morality. Were you expecting you'd get arrested? The charges are unknown, but since she was arrested for asking strangers to touch her vagina, we can only assume they were obscenity-related. Most women seemed eager and amazed to me. She has cited and as particular influences. It is absurd, gratuitous, trite and desperate.
I tried to be authentic with my facial expressions to show when I had pleasure or not. It doesn't matter if you're a woman or a man. It is a risk, but it is a risk I am willing to take. During the show, Ms Moire allowed passers-by over the age of 18 to touch her for thirty seconds. According to Moiré, the performance was meant to be a follow-up to , which saw more than 1,000 women get sexually assaulted by a large group of unidentified men. The thing is, I have a boyfriend. When I perform, I never expect anything.
In 2014, she painted with names of clothing items where they are supposed to go on a body during Art Basel in Switzerland and painting a white sheet red with paint-filled eggs stashed inside her vagina. A lot women and men showed me support by commenting on my video on my YouTube channel, telling me it was courageous and a strong image of female determination. But there are also people who see the opposite in my performance. The artist has previously performed in Germany and Holland Image: Peterpalm. Previous works of performance art by Ms Moire include a series of naked selfies at the bottom of the Eiffel Tower, in Paris and a naked protest against the which took place in the city on New Year's Eve. The artist supplements the dominant image of the female body as a mirror of male desire through the transparency of the libidinous black box of woman. Some self-proclaimed feminist told me that my performance made women objects and that it was not art, that it was pornography.
Moiré is known for performance art pieces include PlopEgg, The Script System No. So they didn't ask me in that moment anything like that. When I did this Mirror Box with the vagina, there were two women who touched me in the box. Before I try my idea, I try to think about everything that maybe will happen so I can be calm. The first detectives who interviewed me were women and they said they understood. Did anyone ask you out on a date while touching you? For example, were people in London more reserved than those in Amsterdam? Did you at any point feel uncomfortable or want to stop? She has an Art Academy background and a master's degree in psychology from University of Bern in Switzerland magna cum laude.
She appeared in custody at Westminster Magistrates' Court and pleaded guilty. What were people's first reactions when you began announcing into a megaphone that they could come touch you? The consensual nature of sexual acts becomes a symbol here. I also gave people some rules. I didn't expect that because this was my heaviest performance and so intimate. It's important you say people need to know whether you're enjoying it or not. These everyday blindness I wanted to break through my performance. I want to say that I'm not a feminist, I see myself as humanist because I think my performances and my messages are for both women and men.