Milo Moiré, a Swiss conceptual artist, used the pretext of promoting women’s sexual empowerment and invited strangers to caress her breasts or vagina for 30 seconds through a reflective “mirror box.” Obviously, law enforcement in London were displeased and arrested her for asking people to caress her nudity in Trafalgar Square.
According to the Daily Beast, she was arrested earlier this week in London while performing in London’s Trafalgar Square for public indecency; Moiré was reportedly penalized and spent 24 hours in a cell.
Through her controversial art project, Moiré reportedly is seeking to redefine the boundaries of sexuality and consensual sex between willing partners. Wearing a trapezoidal skirt made of mirrors with an opening at the front covered by a red curtain, she summoned people through a megaphone to reach in and caress her intimate body parts.
Adult male and female passersby used the occasion to smile for the camera or hold the artist’s gaze, which she met with her seductive and smug expressions.
“She offers people over the age of 18 the opportunity to touch her breasts or genitals while she uses a stopwatch to time them,” the Daily Mail reported.
In 2014, the Swiss conceptual artist shot to fame in the performance art scene through her provocative PlopEgg Painting, which is basically an abstract performative art of disgorging paint-filled eggs from the vagina.
By plopping eggs out of her vagina, “Moiré intended to evoke a loose train of thoughts about the concept of fear, the symbolic strength of the casual and the creative power of femininity, the Daily Beast added.
This is not the first time Milo Moiré has found herself on the wrong side of the law. Previously, she had walked around a museum carrying a baby, posed for selfies with tourists in front of the Eiffel Tower, and protested in Cologne — all while naked.
In fact, whatever Milo Moiré does demonstrates a dose of eccentricity within. Most of her performances are questionably artistic.
In February of 2015, the brunette confronted embarrassed visitors as she strolled around the LWL Museum for Art and Culture in Munster town, in northwest Germany, as part of her “Naked Life” exhibition, which saw her stripping to define her art.
Moiré’s Mirror Box show was met with little resistance in other cities in Europe. However, in London’s Trafalgar Square, citizens called the police; later she was charged for outraging public decency. Reportedly, the Swiss artist appeared in custody at Westminster Magistrates’ Court and pleaded guilty.
The Mirror quoted Milo Moiré talking about the performance.
“I tried to explain to them the performance I was doing. The first detectives who interviewed me were women and they said they understood. But their chief constable did not.”
By boldly imploring people to touch her body, she intended to define the boundaries of consensual sex. According to Moiré, the mirror signifies the cultural representation of a woman’s body as a mirror of male desire. Her experiment makes people participants in the exchange than mere onlookers acting upon her as an object.
While some appreciated Milo Moiré’s provocative and unconventional work, others criticized it and even questioned her credentials as an artist, declaring the stunt as eccentric self-promotion.
Seemingly, the citizens of London did not appreciate the “Mirror Box” experiment to push the boundaries of what’s acceptable to do in public. Do you think this is a serious attempt at exploring female sexuality and consent, or just another cheap stunt by Milo Moiré to garner public attention?
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