CD ROM is an interactive investigation into the life of Rosalind
Brodsky (with whom I share similar Anglo/Eastern European/Jewish
roots), a delusional time traveller who believes herself to be working
at the Institute of Militronics and Advanced Time Interventionality
(IMATI) in the 21st century. The Institute is a government funded
research centre based in South London. Established in 2004 its mission
is to carry out interventional historical, anthropological and scientific
research through means of time travel.
Your journey takes the form of a tour organised by the Institute
in memory of Brodsky's contribution to time travel research.
Through an investigation into Brodsky's life we can witness the
often unsettling and disturbing effects of time travel upon the
The tour sheds light on much of her life, work and personal interests.
During her lifetime Brodsky carried out major research in areas
of film, TV, music, architecture, genetics, the history of Eastern
Europe, the Holocaust, the 1960s and the Russian Revolution.
Starting at the Institute in 2058, the year of Brodsky's death,
you are shown an introductory movie before entering Brodsky's study,
concealed behind a memorial wall. From here you may travel to her
home in Bavaria and journey to her Satellite spy probe, access her
electronic time travelling diary and discover the time travelling
costumes and attaché cases in her wardrobe, through which
you take the lift down to the Clinics from where you time travel
to the homes of (and view case histories by) Freud, Jung, Klein,
Lacan and Kristeva with whom Brodsky has undergone analysis, paid
for with the profits from sales of her feature vibrators, album
sales of her band ('Rosalind Brodsky and the Satellites of Lvov')
and her time travelling cookery TV show (videos of both are also
viewable on the cd).
This work creates a space that negotiates issues of insanity and
humour, fetishism and sexuality, identity and technology, in relation
to personal histories/fictions and histories of the twentieth century.