Lucas LaRochelle, Queering The Map (2020)  
Capture d’écran par Fanny Bieth prise sur le site Queering The Map  
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Lucas LaRochelle is a designer and researcher whose work is concerned with queer geographies, critical internet studies, and community-based archiving.

They have lectured, facilitated, and exhibited nationally and internationally, recently at Ars Electronica (Austria), Somerset House (UK), Onomatopee Projects (Netherlands), fanfare (Netherlands), OTHERWISE Festival (Switzerland), Studio XX (Canada) and SBC Gallery (Canada). They have presented research at The Bartlett School of Architecture, the School of Architecture of the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras, the University of Cambridge and Stanford University, amongst other academic institutions. Their work and writing have been published in Queer.Archive.Work 3, Diagrams of Power, Collective Wisdom, ROM Magazine, Accent, Échelles and Perfect Strangers, amongst other books and publications.

They are the founder of Queering The Map, a community generated counter-mapping project that digitally archives queer experience in relation to physical space. The interactive map provides an interface which enables the users to collaboratively archive the cartography of queer life — from park benches to the middle of the ocean — in order to preserve queer histories and unfolding realities. From collective action to stories of coming out, encounters with violence to moments of rapturous love, Queering the Map functions as a living archive of queer life across the world. By mapping out LGBTQ2IA+ experiences in their intersectional permutations, the project works to generate affinity across difference and beyond borders. 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.

The images included in this edition of Captures are screenshots of submissions posted on the platform.