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The Transit

 I wanted to play music from my sampler machine on the public bus and the subway (giving a concert) meeting and being with a random travelling audience. I decided to play music, two days in a row, on different busses and on the subway. 

I decided to not interact with anyone. 

I wanted to stand out a little, as if I could be seen as a performer choosing to wear a military green jumpsuit. 

Playing with the sampler, different loops on the bus and at the subway.

The setting was changing because people were getting off and on. The first day I started around 12.00. There were not so many people on the bus. After 3 hours on the bus, I went to the subway and got on line 5. It was very busy and I had to stand. There was a kindergarten on the subway when I played and they were grooving to the sound I made between the stations Hasle and Rommen.

On the second day I performed during rush hour, between 15.00 and 18.00, where there were a lot of people. At the end of the second day an older lady came over to me and thanked me for the music, she had never heard electronic music before. She was 85 years old and went off at the station Etterstad sletta, where my grandmother lives. This was on the 37 bus to Helsfyr.


There was a mixed response from the audience, some people liked that I was playing, others did not pay attention and some came to talk with me and shared that they also wanted to make music. Others asked me about the machine, the speaker and how it worked. I was quickly reminded that performance in a public space needs to open for a possibility of some form of interacting, because a part of it is always a social experiment for me. I tried to understand how I appeared, if my appearance was a disturbance. It was interesting for me to stay in this situation for a long while. Observing and creating at the same time.


The action in itself was the score. There is no rehearsal, and there is no introduction and there is also no set order. I link this to the artist Allan Kaprow and his approach to a “happening”, where the situation is making the dramaturgy and when art and life gets blurred in a real place in real time. Not on stage, but in life. I wanted to see how I work when meeting the public, where I don't have control of how and who and when something will happen. 


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