Saskia Olde Wolbers

Selected works by Saskia Olde Wolbers

Saskia Olde Wolbers



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Interloper is a fictional story based on the syndrome Pseudoligica Phantastica, where invented experiences are presented as reality.

The video is set within the endless corridors of a hospital with the off-screen narrative told by a supposedly married man who claims he is a surgeon.

He wakes up from a nine-month coma, has a near death experience and floats above his deluded self through the basement bowels of a hospital. He briefly realises that he has become fiction as he sees his character carry out unqualified medical operations. A clue to his state of mind is offered when he realises he grew up in an experimental lab, a secret incubator of young prodigies that was housed in the basement of the hospital.

Referencing computer-generated imagery, the liquid visuals in Interloper are entirely analogue, shot in real-time in model sets. Skeletal objects, architecture and living forms are given a “skin” when dipped in paint and submerged underwater. Materials are animated through this unpredictable confrontation of oil and water and oscillate between representation and abstraction.

This film won Olde Wolbers the prestigious Baloise Prize, Art Basel in 2003 and the Becks Futures Prize, London in 2004.

The electronic soundtrack is by Jem Finer.

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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.