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.

Saskia Olde Wolbers's Biography

Saskia Olde Wolbers
Born in 1971, Breda, The Netherlands
Lives and works in London, UK

Known Unknowns, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Gallery Collection, Ota Fine Arts, Shanghai
Stedelijk Base, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Phantom Limb: Art beyond Escher, Museum of Friesland, Leeuwarden


Pan O’ Rama, 360° BRWNDR, Viewmaster Foundation, Maastricht, Netherlands

Yes, These Eyes are the Windows, 
Stigter van Doesburg, Amsterdam
Yes, these Eyes are the Windows, curated by Bice Curiger, Fondation Vincent van Gogh, Arles, France, (C)

Pareidolia, Art Unlimited, Basel, Switzerland.
Yes, these Eyes are the Windows, Artangel commission, 87 Hackford Road, London, UK

Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo, Japan.
Pareidolia, Ota Fine Arts, Singapore.
Kinemacolor, M Museum Leuven, Leuven, Belgium.

Pareidolia, Diana Stigter, Amsterdam.
Pareidolia, Maureen Paley, London

Wiener Secession, Association of Visual Artists, Vienna, Austria (C)
Seven Screens Osram, Munich, Germany (C)

Goetz Collection, Munich, Germany

Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan. (C)
Art Gallery of York University, Toronto, Canada. (C)
Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo, Japan
New Media Series, Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis

Maureen Paley, London.
Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal.

The Falling Eye, Stedelijk Museum CS, Amsterdam.

Trailer, South London Gallery, London.
Trailer, AGNSW (Art Gallery of New South Wales).

Maureen Paley / Interim Art, London.
Baloize Prize 2003 SMAK, Gent, Belgium.
Now that part of me has become fiction, Kunsthalle St Gallen (C).

Statements, Art Basel - Galerie Diana Stigter.
Lightbox, Art Now Film & Video Tate Britain.
Now that part of me has become fiction, Museum Het Domein, Sittard The Netherlands (C).
Placebo, Transmission Lower Floor Gallery, Glasgow.
Interloper, Galerie Diana Stigter Amsterdam.

BĂĽro Friedrich Berlin.
Gallerie Laura Pecci Milan.
Gallery Tydehalle, Helsinki.

Mind-set, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (C).
Cosmos, Institut D’Art Contemporain Geneve.
Day-Glo, Gallery Herold, Bremen.

Huis in Park Ostermann-Petersen, Kopenhagen

Cross Currents Gallery 291, London


Celeste Prize final exhibition, Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, London, UK
Paratoxic Paradoxes, Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece
Offshore: artists explore the sea, curated by Invisible Dust, Ferens Art Gallery and Hull Maritime Museum, Hull, UK

I Prefer Life, Reydan Weiss Collection, Weserburg Museum of Modern Art, Bremen, Germany
Immerse, Kinokino, Sandnes, Norway
Coral North, easy!upstream,
 Munich, Germany
Our Machines, The Observer Building Gallery, Hastings, UK
Immerse, Kinokino Sandnes Kunst - OG Kulturhus, Norway
Connubial, Gunhild Hammeraasof Garborgsenteret, Bryne

Silence out loud, Museum Kranenburgh, Bergen, The Netherlands
Folds in Time: Artists' Responses to the Temporal and the Uncanny, The Freud Museum, London, UK
A Breathcrystal, a project by Project Arts Centre and Irish Film Institute, Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Unmade, Anne Lindberg & Saskia Olde Wolbers, Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, USA
Story Time: Or Was It?, Helena Rubinstein Pavilion for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel
Penetrating Surfaces; Apparitions in Digital Space, Ă–sterreichisches Filmmuseum, Vienna
Twixt Two Worlds, Whitechapel Gallery, London, touring to Towner Museum, Eastbourne The Surface of The World
Architecture and The Moving Image, MCAD Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Manila, Philippines (C)

Visceral Sensation, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan, (C)
Slow Burn, Fundament Foundation, Tilburg, The Netherlands
Wanderlust, Contemporary Art Society, London, UK
Trapping Lions in the Scottish Highlands, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen , USA
Beyond Tradition, Garage Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Holland.

Luminale Midwest Bienale, Detroit, Michigan
Open End, Sammlung Goetz at Haus der Kunst Munich
Through an open window, Art contemporain de la Rabo Art Collection, Institut Neerlandais, Paris
Restless, Adelaide International 2012, Adelaide, Australia, (C).

Monanism, Museum of Old and New Art , Tasmania, (C).
John Kaldor Family Collection, AGNSW, Sidney, Australia, (C).
The Cinema Effect: Illusion, Reality, and the Moving Image, Caixa Forum, Barcelona / Madrid, Hirshhorn exhibition touring exhibition

In What We Trust, Art Miami (C)
For Real, video art in public space, Hasselt / Maastricht
Dying in spite of the miraculous, Gertrude Contemporary
Melbourne International Arts Festival
A Bluebird in My Head, National Gallery Harare, Zimbabwe
Deception of the Eye, Special Effects in Contemporary Art, Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven, Germany ( C )

Manipulating Reality, Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, Florence, Italy ( C )
Heaven, 2nd Athens Bienal, Athens ( C )
Automated Cities, San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego (C)
Stressed Spaces, KW14, s’Hertogenbosch (C)
Virtuoze Zinsbegoochelingen, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam

Four Thursday Nights: Creative Imagination, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen.
The Cinema Effect: Illusion, Reality, and the Moving Image, Part I: “Dreams”, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. (C).

Genesis: Life at the end of the information age, Centraal Museum, Utrecht.
Love and Politics, in a minor key, Istanbul Modern, Istanbul.
Stop, Look and Listen, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, New York.

Visibilities: Between Facts and Fictions, Edith Russ Site for Media Art, Oldenburg.

The Plain of Heaven, The High Line, organised by Creative Time, New York, (C).
The British Art Show 6, Hayward Gallery Touring exhibition. (C).
Two by two, FOR AIDS AND ART, Sotheby’s auction, 2005 (C).

Into My World / Recent British Sculpture, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Connecticut (C).
WonderHolland. Mercati di Traiano, Rome (C).
Real World Theatre - encapsulated in life, Wood Street Galleries, Pittsburgh (C).
Becks Futures, ICA, London (C).
Another Zero, L’Arte Enterprize Museum, Bergamo (C).
Bloom Govett-Brewster Contemporary Art Museum, New Zealand (C).
Vis/Vitalis, Centraal Musem, Utrecht.

Displaced, Armand Hammer Museum Los Angeles (C).
Fast Forward, Media Art Sammlung Goetz, ZKM, Karlsruhe (C).
Shine, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (C).
Turbulence, Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Arnehm (C).
Anti-Pure, Kunsthalle St Gallen / Ursula Blicke Stiftung (C).
Models en Mavericks, Museum Het Domein Sittard,
Nano, Gallerie Fraich Attitude, Paris (C).
Wonderland, Artspace, Auckland.

Reality Check, British Council touring video show Slovenia, Prague, London, Zagreb, Cracow, Riga (C).
20202, Galerie Diana Stigter, Amsterdam
Prix de Rome Award film & video Montevideo, Amsterdam (C)

Casino SMAK, Gent, Belgium
Tirana Biennial National Gallery of Albania UK (C)
New Acquisitions, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Nuove Scene dall'Olanda, Museo Castello di Rivoli, Italy screening
Echt Kunstraum Walcheturm, Zurich
Insider Trading, Mandeville Hotel London

Pusan International Contemporary Art Festival screening
In Your Dreams, FA1 gallery London
El mes de holanda, Museum of contemporary Art Buenos Aires screening
Soft City Word Image, Sound House London
Include me out, Provost Space London
I’m Really Sorry, Gallery Luciano Inga-Pin Milan
Nowhere Fast, Century Gallery London

New Work, UK Chisenhale gallery London (installation with Sigalit Landau)
Remote Sensing, The Living Art Museum Reykjavik
Coffee Time, Crowbar London - Bookshow
Day-Glo, Veemvloer / World Wide Video Festival, Amsterdam (C)
Huis in Park Ostermann-Petersen, Kopenhagen
Passion, Gasworks London
Cave, Sali Gia London
Videarte , Mexico City - screening
Festival do Fim Lisbon - screening
Impakt Festival Utrecht - screening
Homebrew: visions, optics and eye-rotics, Lux Centre, London - screening

Pandemonium, festival of the moving image, Lux Centre, London
Light, De Vaalserberg, Rotterdam - screening
Pandemonium, festival of the moving image, Lux Centre, London
Videonale 8 Bonnerkunstverein Internationaal Video Festival, Germany
Adhocracy, Gallery Herold, Bremen
Home Case Study, Skuc Gallery, Ljublijana, Slovenia
Ladies Smoking, St Pancras, London
20 years of digging, De Begane Grond, Utrecht
Huis in Park Ostermann-Petersen, Amsterdam

Travel Light, Birmingham Art Trust
World Wide Video Fest Volksbuhne, Berlin International Video Festival
First Base Award, ACAVA, London
Curatorial Projects (selection committee)