10 December 2003
On the occasion of the centenary of the artist's birth, the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation and Barcelona Multimedia presented three audiovisual products at the Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres: a DVD/video entitled Dalí by Dalí and two CD-ROM games called Dalí or the Fly's Dream and Dalí's Games. In a pioneering initiative in the art world, the main objective was to take fullest advantage of current audiovisual resources in order to disseminate and explain the Dalinian universe. The press conference was attended by Montse Aguer, commissioner of Dalí Year 2004 and Director of the Centre for Dalinian Studies, and Toni Matas, editor of Barcelona Multimedia.
Dalí by Dalí DVD/video
Dalí by Dalí is an educational DVD created for anybody who would like to be introduced to Dalí's world and his symbology on the basis of four guiding themes: life, work, symbols and places. With over 250 high-quality, full-detail images, the DVD allows Dalí's pictorial works to be enjoyed along with his literary texts, particularly Salvador Dalí's Secret Life and Diary of a Genius. The DVD/video Dalí by Dalí stands as an audiovisual supplement to the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation's publications for 2004: Annotated Catalogue, Complete Works and the collectors' edition of Don Quijote de la Mancha.
The CD-ROMs: Dalí or the Fly's Dream and Dalí's Games
The aim here is to show Salvador Dalí's life and work to children and adolescents. As well as the games themselves, the two CD-ROMs include a biography of Salvador Dalí and a virtual visit to the Theatre-Museum in Figueres, the Portlligat house and Púbol castle.
The Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation's Centre for Dalinian Studies, the world's leading authority on study of the Dalinian oeuvre, took charge of the project documentation and supervised work in order to ensure that the content would be rigorous while retaining its educational nature. At the outset the Foundation planned to produce only one video-game. However, the extraordinary diversity and complexity of the Dalinian oeuvre and the experience of the Education Department suggested a need to divide the project into two games on CD-ROM, one for younger and one for older children: Dalí's Games for the 7-9 age group and Dalí or the Fly's Dream, for boys and girls aged upwards of 10 years and adults.