Published on March 15, 2014
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 http://johncraigfreeman.wordpress.com/2011/09/30/american-plutocracy/ AR Occupy Wallstreet http://aroccupywallstreet.wordpress.com/
Allegory in Augmented Reality The Goddess of Democracy http://johncraigfreeman.wordpress.com/2011/06/28/goddess-of- 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?
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