As part of RCASU's LGBTQ+ History Month celebrations Lucas LaRochelle spoke to us about their project Queering The Map.
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Fragments of a shattered urn essay as mentioned in talk.
Lucas LaRochelle is a designer and researcher whose work is concerned with queer and trans digital cultures, community-based archiving, and co-creative media. They are the founder of Queering The Map, a community generated counter-mapping project that digitally archives queer experience in relation to physical space.
Lucas LaRochelle has lectured, facilitated, and exhibited nationally and internationally, recently at MUTEK (Canada), Ars Electronica (Austria), Somerset House (UK), Onomatopee Projects (Netherlands), fanfare (Netherlands), OTHERWISE Festival (Zurich), Studio XX (Canada), SBC Gallery (Canada). They have presented research at The Bartlett School of Architecture (UK), University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras School of Architecture (USA), University of Cambridge (UK) and Stanford University (USA), amongst other academic institutions. Their work and writing has been published in Queer Sites in Global Contexts, QUEER.ARCHIVE.WORK #3, Diagrams of Power, Atlas Menor, ROM, Accent, Echelles, and Perfect Strangers, amongst other books and publications.
In 2019 they were the inaugural Curatorial Fellow at The Curatorial and Public Scholarship Lab. They have been in residence at Studio XX, Social Service Club, MUTEK AI Art Lab and The Fine Arts Reading Room.
Their project Queering The Map was awarded an Honorary Mention for the 2018 Prix Ars Electronica, nominated for the Lumen Prize for Digital Art and the Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards, and is included in the Library of Congress LGBTQ+ Studies Web Archive. Their work has been written about and featured in CityLab, MIT’s Immerse, CBC Arts, VICE, AIGA Eye On Design, Vogue, I-D, Paper, INTO, Yorokobu, Archer, Numerama, and Project Myopia amongst others.
In 2016 they received a certificate in Co-Design from the Utrecht University of Applied Sciences, and a BFA in Design and Computation Arts from Concordia University in 2020. They work as a curator at the Phi Centre, and freelance as a designer and developer for artists and cultural institutions.