(Netherlands, England 1971 – )
Placebo is a fictional story based on the syndrome Pseudoligica Phantastica, where invented experiences are presented as reality.
The video is set within the intensive care unit of a hospital with the off-screen narrative told by the mistress of a supposedly married man who claims he is a surgeon. Regaining consciousness after a car crash that her now comatose lover orchestrated, she begins to unravel his intricate web of deceit.
Images of empty hospital interiors, a drip, effervescent pills and various molecular structures, melt away into liquid globules. Placebo is filmed in real time in miniature sets covered in paint and submerged in water.
A soundtrack of electronic samples plays in tune with the melting droplets.
Voice over: Sukie Smith
Natasha Bullock, John Kaldor family collection: Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Saskia Olde Wolbers', pg.296-99, Sydney, 2011, 296, 297-98 (colour illus.).
Stijn Huijts, Gianni Jetzer and Patricia Ellis, Saskia Olde Wolbers: now that part of me has become fiction, 2003, (colour illus.).