Holding the door/opening the door for people to help relieve congestion
(re: impressions from Canadian East coast)
12* mass transit entrances/exits in Helsinki (between Rautatientori/Railway Station and Herttoniemi) over 5 days (roughly during peak hours, see schedule below)
*(re: number of meridians in the body)
(24.11 – 28.11)
Monday > 1*: Rautatientori/Central Railway Station (East side entrance)
Tuesday > 2+3: Kulosaari (10:00 – 12:00) & 3+4: Kaisaniemi (13:00 – 15:00)
Wednesday > 5+6: Kalasatama (8:00 – 10:00) & 7+8: Sornainen (16:00 – 18:00)
Thursday > 9+10: Herttoniemi (8:00 – 10:00) & 11+12: Hakaniemi (16:00 – 18:00)
Friday > Class tour: Rautatientori/Central Railway Station (East side entrance)
*(each number represents a doorway)
Example time use:
Morning rush hour…
8:00 – 9:00 > spot ‘x’
9:00 – 10:00 > spot ‘y’
Evening rush hour…
16:00 – 17:00 > spot ‘x’
17:00 – 18:00 > spot ‘y’
- still photos and short video(s)
- diary of actions, events, reactions, observations, etc.
- drawings, maps, visual representations, etc.
Documentation will be candid, although pictures including other people will not be published publicly, unless permission is given.
I will try and make eye contact with everyone who passes through the door.
I will dress in my regular apparel.
If a member of the public engages me in conversation I will respond, explaining the nature of this project.
Monday November 24, 2008
Rautatientori/Central Railway Station
16:30 – 17:30
Centre door on Eastern side, leading to Helsinki public bus platforms.
Snow was falling.
People generally flowed through the door I was holding, funneling in from both sides. A few passers through noticed the source of the open door, some thanking me, visually and/or verbally.
After about ten minutes there, a man came over and asked (first in Finnish, then switched to English) “Who are you and what are you doing?” We conversed for most of the remaining time. He was from Northern Finland where he said that such courteous behaviour is more common than here in the south, in his opinion, especially in considering the city, where people generally seem to be in a hurry on their way somewhere.