Performing False Hope

Lisa Erdman

Publisher Aalto University

ISBN 9789526084817

Performing false hope examines the unexpected ethical issues and emotional responses that arose from Finnexia®, an advertisement campaign for a fictitious medication that helps people learn the Finnish language. Presented as a live performance intervention in the Helsinki Railway Station, Finnexia aimed to offer a space for public dialogue about the foreigner in Finland. The performance also presented a satirical commentary on overmedicalization and the proliferation of pill-based medical treatments. Finnexia served as the primary art production of Erdman’s artistic research. The author examines the ethical and legal consequences of generating false hope in the public eye.

264 p, ills colour & bw, 17 x 23 cm, pb, English


Performing False Hope