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An image of Placebo by Saskia Olde Wolbers

Saskia Olde Wolbers

(Netherlands, England 1971 – )

Title
Placebo
Year
2002
Media categories
Time-based media, Video
Materials used
SD PAL DV video, 4:3 ratio, colour, stereo sound, 6 min loop
Edition
AP II
Dimensions
Signature & date
Signed on DVD master, black felt tip pen "Saskia Olde Wolbers". Not dated. Signed Certificate of authenticity, black pen "Saskia Olde Wolbers". Not dated.
Credit
John Kaldor Family Collection at the Art Gallery of New South Wales
Accession number
L2010.152
Copyright
© Saskia Olde Wolbers. Courtesy Maureen Paley, London
Location
Not on display
Further information

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.
From: http://www.saskiaoldewolbers.com/works/placebo-video-stills-synopsis/

Voice over: Sukie Smith

Bibliography (2)

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.).