Some time ago we mooted a things metaphor project
, a look at the way objects insinutate themselves into our language through metaphor (‘However much we may wish to believe that we can escape into the world of pure language, pure representation, the real world comes back to haunt us’).
Perhaps this is a start. This site
at the University of Berkeley (found, as usual, on me-fi
), investigates the world of the conceptual metaphor. A very early web project (the site is dated 1994), it uses basic hypertext to make relationships between different metaphorical expressions, with a master index
of definitions leading to individual metaphors that use each structural approach. For example, in the ‘People are Machines
’ section, one gets ‘I feel all run down’ and ‘he’s wound up tight as a spring’.
Monika Parrinder’s article in things 16
, Objects of the Imagination
(hopefully coming soon to the web - or buy
a copy...), looked at the ways in which the processes of the mind are abstracted through metaphor, both as a means of conveying emotions and expressions, but also as a form of social control – the ‘cabinet of curiosities’ of the Victorian woman’s mind, all confused and unclear. More thoughts soon.
Elsewhere today. The excellent exhibition of Arthur Lavine's photography
at the Computer Museum
the starched shirt, pencils in the top pocket, crew cut style of early computing. And buttons, so many buttons