First appeared in Entertainment Weekly magazine, January 26, 1996..
(Calliope, CD-ROM for PC and Mac, $34)
Most people are likely to see ScruTiny in the Great Round and think, What the heck is this? It's not a game. It's not a reference disc, and there are no twisted digital puzzles to unravel. Based on a book of collages by artist Tennessee Rice Dixon, this art work on CD-ROM combines dark, multilayered images with narrated poetry and subtle 3D effects. Divided into 12 sections with themes like "concupiscence" and "egression" some viewers will find this interpretation of the cycle of life pretentious, but the material is beautiful and the work genuinely inventive. A typical scene employs mesmerizing diaphanous Victorian images that transform into aboriginal carvings while a soundtrack of Loons, crickets, and drums plays in the background. On the other hand, if you don't normally enjoy this kind of thing in an art gallery, you're not likely to appreciate it any more on CD-ROM. – A