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Published on March 15, 2014

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Allegory: A Tool for Interactive Media Richard Smyth, Ph.D. VM606 - Emerson College 15 March 2014

Definition of Allegory  The representation of abstract ideas or principles by characters, figures, or events in narrative, dramatic, or pictorial form.  A story, picture, or play employing such representation. John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress and Norton Juster's The Phantom Tollbooth are allegories.

Analogy A symbol is to a photo as An allegory is to a film A photo/image is static (1-to-1) A film puts photos/images into motion (symbols interacting)

Examples In Pilgrim's Progress, Christian falls into the Slough of Despond, and Prayer helps him get out

Examples  In The Phantom Tollbooth, Miles jumps to Conclusions and must swim across the Sea of Knowledge to resume his journey

Allegory: Characters as Abstractions  Rhyme & Reason  Lethargarians  Christian  Prayer

Allegory: Places as Abstractions  The Doldrums  The Mountains of Ignorance  The Slough of Despond

Allegory in Augmented Reality American Plutocracy AR Occupy Wallstreet

Allegory in Augmented Reality The Goddess of Democracy democracy-in-al-tahrir-square-cairo/

Memory Palace Revisited  Images in Places  Allegorical images in allegorically significant places  “Images” = pictures but could be sounds/music/video/multimedia compositions

Memory Palace Revisited  Embodied cognition  Metaphorical concepts: dead (forgotten) metaphors that structure thought  “the mind is a body moving through space”

Exercise 1: What Ideas to Store?  If you were a famous star, what would you rename yourself?  Think of three issues/ abstractions and write them on the sticky notes  Use the colored dots to vote on your preferences

Exercise 2: What Images to Use?  For the abstractions in Exercise 1, what are some images that could allegorically represent these concepts?

Exercise 3: Where to Store Them?  Brainstorm three places in Boston that are significant (i.e. have allegorical potential)  Brainstorm three places in the U.S.A. that are significant  Brainstorm three places in the world...

Exercise 4: How to Access Them?  Layar (augmented reality app)  Tagwhat  QR Codes / Microsoft (Scanbuy) “Tags”

Ready-Made Allegorical Images? Are there images you might be able to use in a project like this?

Contact Information  Richard Smyth, Ph.D.  

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