The Second Self Laboratory by Jan Pieter Kaptein

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Jan Pieter Kaptein prepared a student project, The Second Self Laboratory, during his time at Design Academy Eindhoven to be revealed at the Dutch Design Week 2013. The concept zeros in on perspective, checking our tendencies to devalue others we are encouraged to dabble in new roles through dramatic play in stereotypical costumes. Clearly the moral scolds anyone judging before walking in the subjects shoes. What might you feel if you were “diseased”? Shameful? Friendless? Self conscious? Might this affect your interactions with others, your response to racism, your drive in life or maybe lack of drive? We might find ourselves surprised by society’s pressures given the “suit” we wear. Included in the experiment are the following scenarios: the Stranger (looks, acts and smells different from us), Mr. Ordinary (deprived from his basic needs it turns out that he’s a killing machine), the Judge (protects us, the good people, from them, the bad people), the Monster (personification of the uncontrolled nature that is surrounding us), the Cursed Man (We are afraid that his misfortune is contagious and therefore we ignore him).

Photographs  Lisa Klappe + Conor Trawinski

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Allison Parker is a proud stay at home mom maintaining a full schedule kissing boo boos and passing out hugs just because. Her days many times are spent between the garden and the kitchen. From a journey of learning whole food eating habits, she's taken on the challenges of baking bread, muffins and cakes from scratch and filling the cellar shelves with scores of her own canned goods each year. Writing is one of those things she does because its part of who she is. That and it's a nice break from the never ending work that comes with raising a family.

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