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Title

Placebo

2002

Artist

Saskia Olde Wolbers

Netherlands, England

1971 –

  • Details

    Date
    2002
    Media categories
    Time-based art , Installation
    Materials used
    digital tape (betacam) shown as single channel digital video, colour, sound
    Edition
    AP II
    Dimensions
    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.

    Credit
    John Kaldor Family Collection
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    L2010.152
    Copyright
    © Saskia Olde Wolbers. Courtesy Maureen Paley, London

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  • About

    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

    Referenced in 2 publications

Other works by Saskia Olde Wolbers