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a cross section of a particular time in a person's life, explored by browsing files in a fictional obsolete operating system.

a bit about the process:

all the photos in the piece are actual full resolution photos shrunken down to a resolution of 1x1 pixels. the timestamps are the actual time the photos were taken, and the captions were written in a plain text file as the photos were taken and only lightly edited afterward.

initially made for the desktop archeology show at the museum of human achievement .

photosensitivity warning: this project features quite a bit of high frequency (60 hz) flickering white on a black background, you may wish to give this one a miss.

Published Oct 15, 2015
PlatformsWindows, macOS
Authorloren schmidt


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Click download now to get access to the following files:

2015-03-31 skeleton flower.zip 768 kB
skeleton flowers.app.zip 2 MB


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is there anyway to get to see the pictures? i've tried everything but nothing happens

pressing 1-9 on the keyboard when you're looking at photos activates other features, heads up

Thanks for the tip! I messed around for a while after pressing 1-9 (and 0 too!), but I couldn't figure out how to make any progress, or if there was any progress to make. Did you get anything to happen? 

I tried as well, but aside from figuring out that some of the latter numbers are in the same map, I got nothing.

Yeah, I'm finding that too. For example I got to the place where you start in 8 after traveling through 6 for a while.  Also I spent a while in 4 and now think I understand how the buttons work (using Enter). After traveling through 6 for a while I got to a place, after going up and then all the way to the left, where there was a button and what looked like another path through the door, but I couldn't go anywhere after going through the door. I also think the the 'dust cells' and 'dust particles' count in 8 are connected to what you shoot out when you click (so I guess you're shooting out dust), but I haven't been able to figure out the exact relationship. Also I noticed sometimes there are purple orb things that you can pick up, but once you've picked up a bunch of them then you can no longer pick up new ones - but I can't figure out what they do either!


no offence but what are you talking about? i cant find anything like that. please ellaborate x 

okay so, I went back to the game because it'd been a while. once you press 6 and get into the world with the little flying guy and you go to the left, and then up, you'll end up beneath a sort of cube structure that seems like you can't get past it. But after just flying into it a bunch and pressing enter and clicking I sort of... sort of teleported through it... I'm not sure how to replicate it. Then to the left from there I came across a room called 'water chambers'. And to the right from there I came across a room with a big pyramid, and after traveling up through the pyramid  the pyramid I ultimately ended up at the screen where you start on if you press 8. that's about as far as I've gotten. I feel like there's definitely more to unravel, but I haven't made any progress.