Plants, Mushrooms and Language. A Walk–Lecture with philosopher Vilius Dranseika


When philosopher John L. Austin was asked whether we should be talking about Gregor Samsa, the character of Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis”, as about a human with a beetle body or as about a beetle with human memories and consciousness, he replied as follows: “Neither one nor the other. We should not feel like we knew how to talk about it. In such situations in particular we say “words trick us” and we mean what we say. We should feel a need for new words. Old words would simply not fit. They would not supposed to be used in such situations.”

During this short walk around the territory and the neighbourhood of “Sodas 2123” we will search for plants and mushrooms which may look ordinary from the first sight, but having looked more closely at them, the language might trick us.

Vilius Dranseika is a philosophy lecturer and researcher at Vilnius University and Kaunas University of Technology. For more information about his research and projects go here:

Location and time: 28/12/2019, 4 pm

Meeting point – „Sodas 2123“, Vitebsko 23, Vilnius        

Organised by Lithuanian Interdisciplinary Artists’ Association.

Partly supported by Lithuanian Council for Culture and Vilnius City Municipality.