As a form of activism against rape, Swiss performance artist Milo Moire decided to put herself on the line to show what consent means. While the performance has been dubbed as risky by many, others are applauding her for her courage to set the bar.
And set the bar she did. Dressed in what she referred to as a mirror box, the took to the streets with an enclosed box covering her privates. In one part of the performance, the box is covering her breasts and in another her vagina.
She then walked up to random strangers and invited them to touch her through openings in the box.
Throughout the performance, cameras followed her to document the event.
She did have rules for those that touched her: they couldn’t touch her for more than 30 seconds. And those that took her up on her offer respected her wish.
When speaking with Cosmopolitan about the performance she explained that she wasn’t expecting as many people to touch her as they did. However, she allowed it to happen. She said there were even two women that touched her vagina. When the box covered her breasts, though, the results were an astounding 40% of women touched her breasts.
Once again, the performance was created in order to create a line for consent. And according to her, she laid the ground rules, provided her consent, and allowed strangers to touch her. And while it may sound strange, her performance seemed to have also proven a social study as well: people respond well to boundaries.
She also made sure to note that the performance was her way of paying homage to Austrian performance artist Valie Export, who worked for women’s rights in the 1960’s.
This isn’t her first performance involving more risque’ content. In another display of activism, Moire rode on the bus naked, and in another, she stood in the middle of town completely naked in order to prove her point. What do you think? Is her art meaningful to you?