Teaching Finns About Feelings

13392138_1019881948102664_2436803940193671213_oA few months ago I went to Helsinki to be part of a “Tram Buskers Tour”/ Performance Art project. Today I was sent a page of feedback from Finnish people who saw my show.

Here’s what they said:

”I wasn’t intending to get on this tram, but I did.”
”Party on! Maybe this will teach Finns to speak to each other more about their feelings.”
”I was so cold at the tram stop but then there was this (a performing musician)!”
”It’s nice now when I have got used to listening to music through my headphones, now they aren’t needed and listening to music becomes a shared experience.”
”Damn good! Should I skip work?”
”I’m going to the dentist but I don’t want to go!”
”I wish there was some refreshments!”
Don’t let them leave for a whole year!”
”Helsinki is becoming a real cool city.”
”It’s nice now, but it would be terrible if it was all the time.”
”This perks you up, I nearly fell asleep at my meeting.”
”There should be padded sides (in the tram) so you can dance (without bumping into the tram as it moves).”
”Good we just arrived as the party started!”
”We are now in the middle of a work of art.”
”He is the best!”
”That was good luck, I should be somewhere else but I didn’t go because I ran into this.”
”This is a party!”
”This is such a great thing! It’s so nice when the sun shines and people are nodding off on the tram, and then this music comes along and wakes everyone up.”
”We’re already big fans!”
”Really great!”
”What loud applause there is (for Stephen). He’s in full swing!”
”What on Earth! It’s unreal, the atmosphere is amazing! This is something I’ve never experienced – more of the same, please!”
” It looks like he (the artist) is having fun.”
”All you can do is appreciate it.”
”I could do without this.”
”There’s nothing wrong with the person (the artist) but this just doesn’t fit in with Finnish culture.”

Photo by Jan David


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