Swiss artist Milo Moiré is bringing her public performance piece "Mirror Box" to cities all over Europe, and even in that sexually uninhibited continent, people are getting weirded out. In her piece, Moiré wears a mirrored box in place of either her shirt or skirt, which features a hole cut out in the front, obscured with a curtain. With a megaphone, she invites any and all passersby to reach in and feel whatever they find there (her breasts and vagina) for 30 seconds. And while to a prudish American it might seem like a pervy peep show, Moiré knows exactly what she's doing—she's making a point about consent.
According to the description of Moiré's latest YouTube video:
The consensual nature of sexual acts becomes a symbol here. Moiré has additionally taken the liberty of showing female desire, thus giving women a sexual voice. 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.
Using her megaphone, she explained the premise of her art piece to all the randos standing around who were waiting to cop a feel:
I am standing here today for women’s rights and sexual self-determination. Women have a sexuality, just like men have one. However, women decide for themselves when and how they want to be touched and when they don’t.
It's a noble sentiment, although from watching her video, it didn't seem like everyone who took part cared why she was doing it.
Warning: the video below is NSFW.
But regardless of whether other people are on board with Moiré's message, she is deeply committed to it. While performing "Mirror Box" in London, she was arrested. She spent 24 hours in jail ("gaol" to those British weirdos) and was issued a four-figure fine. Nevertheless, she remains undeterred. This isn't her first controversial art project, and it's unlikely to be her last. After all, what artist wouldn't want to attract this kind of attention?