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8 février 14h55 à 15h25

Honestly confused, creasy in the memory : on articifial intelligence and dissociative worldmapping

Honnêtement confus, crédule dans la mémoire : sur l’intelligence artificielle et le worldmapping dissociatif


Lucas LaRochelle (Montréal, Canada)


Cinéma Beaumont et en ligne
541 Rue Saint-Vallier E
Québec, QC G1K 3P9


Anglais avec traduction simultanée en français
English with simultaneous translation into french


What is the role of fiction and fabulation in the marginalized archive? What does artificial intelligence have to teach us about living with the incoherency of trauma? How can dissociation be harnessed as a worldmaking strategy?

This talk will explore these questions in relation to the genesis of QT.bot – an artificial intelligence trained on the textual and visual data of the community-generated counter mapping platform Queering The Map – that generates speculative queer and trans narratives and the environments in which they occur. In collaboration with the voices of their human community, QT.bot fabulates on the absences of the archive, orienting us away from what is, and towards what could be.

Quel est le rôle de la fiction et de la fabulation dans les archives marginalisées ? Qu’est-ce que l’intelligence artificielle a à nous apprendre sur la façon de vivre avec l’incohérence d’un traumatisme ? Comment la dissociation peut-elle être exploitée en tant que stratégie de construction du monde ? Cette discussion explorera ces questions en relation avec la genèse de QT.bot – une intelligence artificielle entraînée sur les données textuelles et visuelles de la plateforme de contre-cartographie Queering The Map générée par la communauté – qui met de l’avant des récits spéculatifs queer et trans ains
i que les environnements dans lesquels ils se produisent. En collaboration avec les voix de sa communauté humaine, QT.bot fabule sur les absences de l’archive, nous orientant loin de ce qui est et vers ce qui pourrait être.

Lucas LaRochelle

Lucas LaRochelle is a designer and researcher whose work is concerned with queer and trans digital cultures, community-based archiving, and artificial intelligence. They are the founder of Queering The Map, a community generated counter-mapping project for digitally archiving LGBTQ2IA+ experience in relation to physical space. They have lectured, facilitated, and exhibited internationally, recently at the Guggenheim Museum (USA), Ars Electronica (Austria), Mozilla Festival (UK), Museum of Design Atlanta (USA), PHI Center (Canada), Gallery Tata (Japan), arc en rêve (France), School of Expansive Architecture (South Africa), Digital Writer’s Festival (Australia), MUTEK (Canada), LINZ FMR Festival (Austria), Somerset House (UK), Onomatopee Projects (Netherlands), fanfare (Netherlands), OTHERWISE Festival (Zurich), Ada X (Canada), Interaccess (Canada) and SBC Gallery (Canada). They have presented research at Stanford University, University of Cambridge, The Bartlett School of Architecture, University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras School of Architecture, amongst other academic institutions. Their work and writing has been published in Dreaming Beyond AI, Network Imaginaries, Futuress, MIT’s Immerse, Queer Sites in Global Contexts, Atlas Menor #1, QUEER.ARCHIVE.WORK #3, Diagrams of Power, IWAKAN, ROM, Accent, Echelles, and Perfect Strangers, amongst other books and publications. Their project, QT.bot, was awarded an Honorary Mention for the 2023 Prix Ars Electronica in the Artificial Intelligence and Life Art category. 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 The New York Times, Time Magazine, Wired, HuffPost, I-D, Paper, Nylon, Vogue, Dezeen, C Magazine, Bloomberg CityLab, MIT’s Immerse, The Independent, El Espectador, The Hindu, de Volkskrant, CBC Arts, VICE (US, UK and Asia), AIGA Eye On Design, and Archer amongst numerous other publications. In 2019 they were the inaugural Curatorial Fellow at The Curatorial and Public Scholarship Lab. They have been in residence at Ada X, Social Service Club, MUTEK AI Art Lab and The Fine Arts Reading Room, and are the recipient of the 2021 CQAM/Turbulent Residency. 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.

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