Dissolving is an interactive CD-ROM, featuring poetry, sound, image map and Quick-Time movies, and was created as an interactive CD-ROM, both for data projector multi-media installation and single viewer computer. The central image, a b&w photograph of a seated figure engulfed in a cloud, forms a large image map which contains all the elements of the work. Entering inside the image, the viewer navigates through this ‘cloud body-map’ to discover the various interactive elements of the piece.
The dominant visual motif and primary source for the work, are the ruined photographic remains from Hurricane Opal’s destruction of the Sturgeon family’s entire photographic history. Also featured are videos shot among the black bog pools and desolate moors of north Germany.
The poetic texts question the ineffable structure of storage and retrieval in memory. The moor’s metaphorical qualities associate with a source of energy (fuel) and as a reservoir of memory. Their particular chemical composition preserves certain materials very well, while committing others to complete decay.
Cumulatively, the piece addresses family history, issues of parenting, fate and of the hidden meanings discovered in seeming chance events and catastrophe. There is cognition of similarities and affinity with others, with an acknowledgment of the power of heritage – cultural, social, familial, and genetic.
This CD-ROM was created with a Macintosh 450 MHz Power PC G-4 processor. For optimum function as intended, the Dissolving CD-R should be copied to the hard drive of the machine and then the piece played from the HD. Approximately 500 MB of available space on the HD is necessary to copy the program.
- 450 MHz G-4 processor, with 256 MB of RAM
- OS 9.0 or higher and 128 MB application RAM
- X 2 CD-ROM Drive
- 500 MHz Intel Pentium II processor, with 256 MB of RAM
- Window 98 or higher, NT4, 2000 128 MB application RAM
- X 2 CD-ROM Drive
- Set to Millions of Colors
- 800 x 600 Resolution