An image of Placebo

Saskia Olde Wolbers

(Netherlands, England 1971 – )

Placebo

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

Year
2002
Media
Time-based art, Installation
Medium
digital tape (betacam) shown as single channel digital video, colour, sound
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
Accession number
L2010.152
Copyright
© Saskia Olde Wolbers. Courtesy Maureen Paley, London