Anna-Stina Nykänen: Shouting would be good

Lately felt like screaming. I consider that a very good thing.

Sometimes it’s so distressing that you choke your throat, it’s like holding your breath by force. In a panic disorder, you can’t get air. When, instead, you are so anxious that you feel like screaming at the top of your lungs, I think you are already on the winning side. The air is moving and ready to force its way out. Even if he takes it to heart and is angry with himself and life, he no longer wants to swallow it, but is ready to shout it out.

My screaming idol is the performance artist Marina Abramovic, who in one of her works screams so long that the sound actually stops.

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Imagination helps. Really, there is little place for this kind of free-chosen, self-solicited shouting.

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Corona pandemic reduced voice usage. In families with children, maybe taking care of remote school and work at home made a fuss. But occasional chats and large group meetings were eliminated.

Even when I work remotely, when I answer the phone alone at home, my voice sounds like it’s underground. I haven’t turned on the sound maybe all day, just sent messages. The phone is rarely used for talking anymore. But I play music at home from speakers, not earbuds, I sing along.

At the beginning of summer, the healing significance of sounds was discussed at the University of Helsinki, at the Mighty Forces of Life symposium.

Researcher Linda Annunen from the University of Turku told how people had used Tibetan sound bowls at the time of corona. One of the interviewees had used the technology to take care of himself and also helped his dying sister move beyond the border. New ways were also found during the Corona era: He participated via the internet in an event where isolated people from different parts of the world sang together. Then he began to sing outside, on the shore of the lake, to the swans. It brought a new connection with nature. In the end, he rebelled against the rules, met his friend and made a toast with his hand.

The sound takes care, but it can be used to satisfy other needs as well.

When I moved To Helsinki, I wanted to join the church’s gospel choir, but there were so many applicants that I didn’t even make it to the auditions. Well, I’m more of a soloist.

I dream of a horse band. I see myself as a badass on stage, roaring, roaring, screaming with all my heart’s blood, from my spine, to my balls. My eyes are closed, I’m not looking at anyone, my hair is hanging down, I’m on my back. But of course the whole stadium is full of people and they are absolutely crazy. Because shouting empowers them too.

It might make it easier to scream alone. But it’s not enough. The artist also shares his work for the whole world to see.

The purpose of shouting is to be heard. It is a deep, human desire.

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