Friday, August 15, 2008

Placebo

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The art museum has this audio-visual art exhibition that we have been to several different times. It is located on the third floor. Showing from August to early September, a new media piece by Saskia Olde Wolbers called "Placeba" is available for viewing.

It is told first person by a woman with a British accent and a monotone voice against a backdrop of images of what appears to be a melting hospital. The screen darkens and melts appropriately to the story that the woman tells. Bubbles, drips, liquid spills. All white.

The story is intense. Just the right amount of words are used. Not too many. Not too few. It capivated me from the start. I stayed to watch it twice. The first time capitvated me with the story. The second time I picked out the perfect sentences that it contained. My first thought was, "Wow. That was different." My next thought was, "Wow! That was different!" My next thought was, "That was really intense."

I don't want to give the plot away because I am hoping that you go to see it. However, if you must learn of what it is about because you are not going to see it, then check these reviews out:

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