“My art is a nude confrontation”

At TEDX Klagenfurt talk Disruptyou the Swiss born ARTivist confronts all those who engage with her art in order to bring the discussion about freedom in the forefront. In her talk, she not only gave an insight on her art performances, but also stood out as a monument for woman rights.

In her art, Milo tends to disrupt the spell of the daily routine and achieve what many people cannot; she makes people question conventional patterns and forces them to open up to new ways of thinking. With nudity she attempts to create a strong sense of intimacy that is often considered strange in today’s society.

Milo is a conceptual artist and artivist known for her nude performances and the use of her own body in her artistic experiments as a way to go beyond taboos. She takes great advantage of her master’s degree in psychology by analysing the human behaviour and emotions when putting together a great conceptual and bold art piece.

Quotes from Milo Moiré’s  TEDX Klagenfurt talk Disruptyou (Austria, Sept. 2016):

 “Our daily routine is like a comfy couch: we are not willing to get away from it. Furthermore superefficient at disregarding the tiny things in our daily fabric of life. This is where artivism comes into play and pushes us to step out of a replicable life to create our own individual and conscious life experience.”

“Lets put a lens on artivism. Can you compare it to an abstract painting or theatre, mimicking or interpreting our society? No. Artivism is real life. real place. real time. When artivism needs blood, it will not be tomato sauce. The artivist will use the body as an instrument, as a tool. Specific about this kind of art is a full integration of actor and audience: both unite in a mutual experience. It is not about communicating to the audience, it is about co-creating with the audience.”

“Being an introvert by nature, I hardly ever dared to speak up, for fear of saying something wrong. Life on campus taught me to step away from “right” or “wrong” into a better understanding of “right now” and the relation between them. The scientific view of the psychologist unleashed a pragmatic approach towards morals which facilitated an uncompromising use of my body to demonstrate my art and face criticism.”

“Being asked about my meaning of life, Liberty would be the answer. Freedom is our highest good. From it we derive creativity and culture. In my art, I am peeling-off social patterns to push the audience to question their conventional thinking into a more open mindset.”

“The dramatic events in Cologne have led me to create a symbol for consensual sexual activity but also portraying female lust.”

“I am fine with a man fantasizing about me sexually. But in real life, he has to treat me with respect and appreciation. Even a dog can learn to leave a sausage on a plate untouched.” 

“I wanted to create a monument for the rights of women and their sexual self determination.”

“Many of you may ask yourself, why is she doing this? Why am I exposing myself in such a way, during daytime, in public spaces? Well, I think this is what art is about: it should be the daily fabric of our life. Even more in an age, where everything gets dematerialized in a digital society. In a world where art is put in locked places generating revenue of ticket sales instead of relating to their immediate environment.” 

“We don’t want to step out of line. Stay conformed, follow the rules of society. But isn’t it exactly these rules that make us step into crisis?”


This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx