Art in the name of consent.There were some rules, though. Moiré invited the strangers to touch her for a maximum of 30 seconds — not a second more. And as you would have it, a bunch of people accepted her offer.
Art in the name of consent.In an interview with ATTN:, Moiré opens about who touched her. “During my Performance in Dusseldorf, Germany, with the ‘Mirror Box’ on my breasts, around 40 percent of the people who touched my breasts were women,” she revealed. “Whereas in Amsterdam and London, two female participants overall put their hands in the genital ‘Mirror Box.’”
Art in the name of consent.Through the performance, Moiré hoped to show people what consent really means. Additionally, the artist claims that she’s simultaneously paying homage to Austrian performance artist Valie Export, who fought for women’s rights in the 1960s through her work.
Art in the name of consent.Apparently during the ‘60s, Export did something similar. In 1968, she stood in the streets of Vienna with a styrofoam box covering her breasts, inviting strangers to reach in and touch them.
Art in the name of consent.”‘The Mirror Box’ performance states that women are equal partners in sexuality, not only receivers,” Moiré told ATTN:, adding, “As a woman, I have — just like any man — the power and the right to possess a sexual nature, and I have to agree before we can have sex.”
Art in the name of consent.“There are rules,” she continued (a fact which we highlighted earlier). “During my performance, for instance, people who put their hands in the box have to look me in the eyes, there has to be interaction. Through the eye contact and the feedback I could see the people, but make it clear what I like, and that is a natural act. People have always been very respectful — I’ve never had to give negative feedback.”
Art in the name of consent.Did Moiré ever feel afraid for her safety? “Since I perform usually in public, I learned to handle worries about my safety,” she explained to ATTN:. “However, Mirror Box was my most intimate performance, and I prepared everything meticulously. My boyfriend is always by my side. Nothing really dangerous happened, fortunately.”
Art in the name of consent.This isn’t the first time Moiré has advocated for sexual equality publicly, however. Several months ago, after nearly 1,000 women were sexually assaulted on New Year’s Eve in a train station in Germany, Moiré stood completely nude holding up a sign that read: “Respect Us! We rare not fair game even when naked!!!”
Art in the name of consent.Speaking of her arrest in London over the piece, she told ATTN: “Being in a cell is a horrible experience. Nevertheless, I would take the risk again, because for me the purpose is too important. In the end, I see more hope than fear guiding my performances. Seeing as my performance art polarizes, I was surprised and pleased about how many people worldwide, and many, many women, too, got my message!”