The VisMet project

First online corpus of visual metaphors

A collaboration between the Metaphor Lab (VU Faculty of Arts) and the Network Institute, the VisMet corpus will host different genres and types of visual metaphors, mainly collected from advertisements, political cartoons and artworks (see examples below). The project is coordinated by Dr. Marianna Bolognesi, in collaboration with prof. Gerard Steen and the research assistant Esther van den Berg from the Metaphor Lab, Marco Otte from the Tech Labs, and prof. Lora Aroyo from the Network Institute. The corpus can be used for scientific and educational purposes by researchers and students from different fields. It will be implemented by Marco Otte through Word Press. A demo version of VisMet, hosting 500 images, will be released in late spring.