DescriptionMapping Ararat digitally actualizes an early plan for a prospective Jewish state in New York, which was initiated and patronized by Mordechai Noah in the early nineteenth century. In the Mapping Ararat app, visitors to Grand Island, NY, are invited to explore the never realized Ararat community, imagining how such a Jewish colony would look if it had been developed. The tour contains 24 digital monuments and structures accompanied by audio tracks describing the settings.
This app demonstrates the AR category of Counterfactual Histories. In this category, counterfactual histories are visualized through AR interfaces and developed to pose the question of alternative futures. In this case, the virtual content represents events that did not happen, but could have happened. These scenarios were possible but did not actualize.
Kaplan, Louis. "Mapping Ararat: Augmented Reality, Virtual Tourism, and Grand Island’s Jewish Ghosts ". C/R: The New Centennial Review 13, no. 2 (2013): 239-64.
Kaplan, Louis and Melissa Shiff. "Mapping Ararat: An Augmented Reality Walking Tour for an Imaginary Jewish Homeland." Anthrovision 4, no. 2 (2016).
Shiff, Melissa. "Mapping Ararat: An Imaginary Jewish Homelands Project." http://www.mappingararat.com/
Date archivedSeptember 25 2020
Last editedJuly 5 2021