Last Wednesday I took part in Lucy's fun and playful performance where we posed as fairly unconvincing, colourful plants in the cafeteria. It was fun having people interact with me after a while it almost seemed as though they didn't realise I was human because my face was covered, they talked about me in front of me as if I wasn't there and would stare at me for more than a socially acceptable time, which of course wasn't a problem but it shows that people weren't seeing me as entirely human.
I began knowing I was a human and despite my fake leaves and green attire felt I was a fairly unconvincing alcoholic plant. But after a while I noticed people behaving differently around me. They stared at me for long periods of time, their gazes seemed as if they were encountering an object or perhaps a plant. In human clothes people only tend to glance at each other not wanting make each other uncomfortable, but I did not experience this, it seemed as though some part of them believed I was an object or at least treated me as one. They openly talked about me, questioned if I was real or not and some didn't even notice my presence. After I while I thought "would they react any differently if there was a real, funny-looking, human-size plant in my place?" I think not.