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Tutorial: Conversations about Counter-Narratives

With Gabija Bubnytė

The tutorial reflects on different words found in anti-LGBT discourse, as well as on the current hostile environment for the LGBTIQ+ community in Lithuania. It invites to collectively create a collage that represents our reimagined narratives that may resist anti-LGBTIQ discourses.

Gabija Bubnytė is a transdisciplinary designer and researcher. She entangles politics and graphic design in her work to question the boundaries between theoretical, visual and embodied knowledges. Her workshop Conversations about Counter-narratives has been awarded the Threshold Award 2021 by the municipality of Rotterdam.

Workshop: Conversations about Counter-Narratives

With Gabija Bubnytė

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 18, 2022 AT 5 PM – 7:30 PM UTC+02
Venue: Sodas2123, Alt Lab (Vitebsko str. 23, 2nd floor)

We invite you to take part in Conversations about Counter-narratives, a workshop in which we conceptualise and reimagine other narratives to resist anti-LGBTIQ speech.

The workshop allows to reflect on the topic and use that to craft and create. During the first part we discuss and reflect on different words found in anti-LGBT discourse, during the second part we read texts prepared by Gabija Bubnytė on the current hostile environment for the LGBTIQ+ community in Lithuania and during the third part we collectively create a collage that represents our reimagined narratives that may resist anti-LGBTIQ discourses. The workshop is rooted in research analysing homophobic discourse in Lithuanian online spaces, conducted by Gabija using critical discourse analysis. The results shed light on how this discourse is formed through certain themes, such as nationalism, westernisation, (in)visibility and propaganda. Yet once we understand how homophobic narratives are constructed, it is imperative to find ways how to mitigate it. The outcomes of this series of workshops are collected in an online database, and are presented as tools and methods in occupying public space. This allows the outcomes to live beyond the enclosed space of the workshop, and potentially exist in public spaces.

The workshop is conducted in English.

Supported by: Lithuanian Council for Culture. Organised by: Institutio media in collaboration with Lithuanian Interdisciplinary Artists’ Association

Gabija Bubnytė is a transdisciplinary designer and researcher. She entangles politics and graphic design in her work to question the boundaries between theoretical, visual and embodied knowledges. Her workshop Conversations about Counter-narratives has been awarded the Threshold Award 2021 by the municipality of Rotterdam.