Activity of the Week (5)- Counterfactual Identity

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Our world is filled with many boxes. As human beings, to further simplify and  understand our world, we put people inside them. Many times this can be  detrimental and harmful- to stereotype a person before they even speak or to judge  someone based off only superficial things. However, we can strive to open our minds  by simply excepting that everyone can belong in every box and often times you can be  part of bigger and better boxes you never thought you could be part of… Enough  about boxes. The main point is, this week I proved to myself and others that I can be  perceived differently and become part of a social group simply by putting on different  clothes and a different attitude. My counter-factual identity this week was that I was  a business major.

The morning before, I put on my best black blazer, skinny jeans, my glasses, and my  hair in a tight up-do. From my previous experiences of this categorizing world, I  knew that the outfit I was wearing was typically seen on serious and professional  people. Now, I’m not that much of either of those. I normally am pretty silly and laid- back. Even so, I felt different in the outfit- more mature, more dignified, and more  intelligent. Its strange what changing your look can do.

Later in the day when I was talking to Anna Joy Floresca, she observed that I looked kind of like a lawyer, but I had animal hair of my black blazer so it made it kind of iffy. From that observation I saw how I could be seen as a ‘Pet Lawyer’. Going around solving important cases for animals and getting swamped with fur after they thanked me with a quick lick to the cheek and a hug- I would be the most successful and most professional hairy clothed person ever. But yeah not what I was originally going for. Damn adorable dogs.

When I actually asked people who didn’t know me, like the girl at the bookstore desk, or the other girl walking by- they said I looking buisnessy. Buissnessy! Ta-dah. I know how to impersonate and act like someone completely different from me. The strange thing about that was, after awhile I didn’t feel much different from me. My clothes may have been different and my attitude slightly shifted, but I had all my sameness of before. Maybe one day wasn’t enough time to reach some overwhelming conclusion about humanity, our interconnections , and perspectives; but it was something. For someone who actually went full force into this exploration check out Nikki S. Lee’s work at http://www.tonkonow.com/lee.html.

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