Artist and sculptor George Ferrandi’s “it felt like i knew you” series: in which she sat next to subway passengers and pretended to fall asleep on their shoulders. Would they push her away? Get up and move to another seat? Smile and enjoy the moment?
I’ve certainly fallen asleep on some unknown shoulders in my time — except I tend to toss my leg over theirs, and when I’m really comfortable, drool.
Ferrandi told the Atlantic Cities: ”Each time I did this, I had no idea what to expect from the person next to me, so every reaction was surprising. I think the general assumption would be that the reactions might break down along gender lines, with women being understandably more protective of their space, but it really didn’t happen that way. There was no predictable pattern to peoples’ responses, which is part of what is interesting about it. I’m not sure we could even predict what our own responses would be in this situation.”