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
digital tape (betacam) shown as single channel digital video, colour, sound
duration: 00:06:00 min; aspect ratio: 4:3
Signature & date
Signed on DVD master, black fibre-tipped pen "Saskia Olde Wolbers". Not dated.
Signed l.l. certificate of authenticity, black pen "Saskia Olde Wolbers". Not dated.
John Kaldor Family Collection
Not on display
© Saskia Olde Wolbers. Courtesy Maureen Paley, London
Referenced in 2 publications
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.).