duration 0:51

Placebo 2002

  • Voice over Sukie Smith, 6 min loop
  • Single Channel Video Projection
  • SD PAL DV 4:3 Stereo
  • Installation dimensions variable

Script fragment

I had heard of phantom doctors … roaming around hospitals.
Charming but unqualified men dressed in white coats.
Doing their imaginary rounds through endless corridors …
Sporting a name-badge with a fancy title …
Giving care behind cubicle curtains …
Dispensing the treatments they, in fact, needed themselves.
I was in love and couldn't see that he was one of them.
Looking back, of course, the signs were obvious.
Although I used to see him coming out of the operating theatre …
with blood on his shoes …
he didn't really seem to know any of the other staff.

Placebo’s script has been translated into German, Spanish and Japanese.