Saskia Olde Wolbers

Selected works by Saskia Olde Wolbers

Saskia Olde Wolbers



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Often taking the inspiration for her stories from actual news articles, television documentaries, and urban legends, each of Saskia Olde Wolbers films narrate fictional biographies into complex backgrounds of global politics, neuroses, and contemporary mythology. Loosely based on the real life story of a man who convinced his family he was a doctor for over 20 years, Olde Wolbers’s Placebo and Interloper videos explore the dynamic of relationships, identity construction, and co-dependence.

Set in a hospital after a car crash (a failed murder-suicide attempt), Interloper tells the story of a troubled love affair from the man’s perspective. As he has an out of body experience on the operating table, he narrates his version of events, with fact and fiction unravelling in a chilling stream of consciousness, revealing the horrors of wilful deception, mental illness, self-delusion, and medical experimentation.

Presented in the format of documentaries, Olde Wolbers edits sequential images to support a voice-over. Her work often attains a science-fiction aesthetic, which replicates the surreal quality of dreams. Olde Wolbers doesn’t use computer animation to create her futuristic images, however. Intricately constructing each set by hand – a process which can take years – Olde Wolbers develops each environment in miniature in her studio. In Interloper, the hospital is actually a modified cage submerged inside a fish tank; the lava-like effect was achieved through a similarly lo-fi process, asserting the veritas of film over digital illusion.

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Additional information on Saskia Olde Wolbers
Additional information on Saskia Olde Wolbers
Artist's website- Saskia Olde Wolbers - Trailer, a new film work by 2004 Beck’s Futures Award Winner
The main character of Olde Wolbers’ new work, a middle aged man who we hear but never see, describes his discovery that his real parents, who he has never known, were c-list actors in the Thirties. - Don’t be ashamed to cry:
the narrative video of Saskia Olde Wolbers.
When an artist builds a backlog of video works that tell stories, it might occur to the observer that their art is only a handshake and a large cheque away from Hollywood. Mostly the question never arises because artists who make video customarily build into the fabric of their work a marked hostility to everything that makes Hollywood successful. - Saskia Olde Wolbers: Tate Britainby Barry Schwabsky
Placebo, 2002, a DVD projection by the London-based Dutch artist Saskia Olde Wolbers, is loosely based on the notorious case of Jean-Claude Romand, a Frenchman who masqueraded as a physician and World Health Organization researcher for many years before murdering his family when his fiction was about to be exposed. - Saskia Olde Wolbers, Trailer
In their combination of sculpture, film, installation and painting, Olde Wolbers' videos present an intricate and visually seductive blend of words and images. Her work generates a tension between reality and simulation in both concept and technique. - Film art at the South London Gallery.
Saskia Olde Wolbers latest film, Trailer, tells the story of a man who finds that he’s adopted and that his real parents were B-movie 30s film stars who disappeared in the jungle. - Saskia Olde Wolbers at Art Gallery of New South Wales
Dutch artist, Saskia Olde Wolbers and her video, Trailer, will mark the beginning of the Level 2 Contemporary Project Space program for 2006 at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. - Saskia Olde Wolbers: Now that part of me has become fiction
Saskia Olde Wolbers (Breda, 1971) woont en werkt in Londen en Amsterdam. Ze studeerde achtereenvolgens aan de Saint Martin School of Art & Design in Londen, de Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam en het Chelsea College of Arts & Design in Londen.