Autoicon is a CD-ROM project by UK artist Donald Rodney who, in response to diagnosis of sickle-cell anemia, created works that explored the idea embodying himself in various media and forms. Named after Jeremy Bentham’s “auto-icon” (whereby Bentham’s will stipulated that his body be dissected, embalmed, and put on display), the CD-ROM (and internet site) uses techniques such as a chat interface that connects to statements and other published texts of Rodney to “speak back” to the user. A unique feature of the original program was that upon starting, the program attempts to cross index the users own hard drive contents so that the resulting experience mixes Rodney’s work with the users own media.

http://i-dat.org/autoicon/