ART HISTORICAL BACKGROUND
In Stunt Dummies one virtually travels through seven different three-dimensional portals found on the perimeter of an image of an eye.
Main Screen, Stunt Dummies c. 2003 Kathleen Ruiiz
This circular structure parallels the 15th century Flemish painting by Hieronymus Bosch, The Seven Deadly Sins.
Bosch, The Table Top of the Seven
The eye of God detail from
Stunt Dummies does not directly draw parallels to the seven deadly sins of anger, envy, gluttony, lust, pride, sloth and avarice depicted in Bosh’s work, but it certainly takes a direct hit on some contemporary technologically based ills such as misinformation, consumption, illusions of control, surveillance, obfuscation, addiction and space/time disjunction. Also, rather than Bosch’s always observant eye of God in the center of the image, in Stunt Dummies a more secular, technically derived image of a human eye (as photographed by ophthalmologist, Robert A. Schumer, M.D.) follows the actions of the game participant, beckoning for us to observe our contemporary technological culture more wisely. It acts as a conscious reminder that we create and control our technology.
Central Eye, Main Screen
Stunt Dummies c. 2003 Kathleen Ruiz