And while I have been lying here perfectly still: The Saskia Olde Wolbers Files (2009)
And while I have been lying here perfectly still: The Saskia Olde Wolbers Files, Toronto: Art Gallery of York University, 2009.
And while I have been lying here perfectly still: The Saskia Olde Wolbers Files (2009) was a book within a book. Its very form was an interpretation of the artist's work. The content, too, was an oblique interpretation, again mimicking the artist's subject but through the genre transformation of a publication type. It was all fiction. Modelled on the Black Cat pocket books published by Grove Press in the 1960s, with a price tag to match, the book was a series of case studies—but as if written by Edgar Allan Poe. Each of Olde Wolbers’s fantastical video projections was the subject of psychological or psychoanalytical study, as if it were a patient. The doctor, though, had died; his wife prepared his papers for publication; an editor presented them. Each is an author within the book; so is Philip Monk. The problem is that the doctor was an expert in pseudologia fantastica—pathological lying—but he himself was a pathological liar. The question remains: which of his case studies are real and which, scandalously, fabricated?