ABOUT THE WORK
Working with bioacoustics, biological time and electromagnetism, Philomène Pirecki will broadcast a new video recorded at 180 The Strand and offsite locations, exploring the ephemerality of intense sensory states, their stimuli and physiological effects. Set in a time where human touch is no longer allowed, it is a journey into a spring/summer ritual, an awakening of the senses through the conduits of the stinging nettle (urtica dioica), for its properties as both an irritant to the body and a tonic. It unfolds within an audio visual performance of bodily rhythms – recordings from physiological responses including variations in heart-rate and breathing, associated brainwave frequencies, and incantatory vocals. Performers will accompany Pirecki and the work will conjure a visual and sonic pathway through a cycle of intensity, decay and invigoration.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Philomène Pirecki lives and works in London. She is a multidisciplinary artist working with photography, painting, sculpture and sound. Pirecki has recently exhibited or performed at Somerset House, London (2019), Café Oto, London (2019); Wysing Polyphonic, Cambridge (2018); South London Gallery, London (2018); Supplement, NYC (2017) and Chelsea Space, London (2016). In 2013 Pirecki was shortlisted for the Max Mara Art Prize for Women. She co-runs Casa Delirium clubnight & sound programme. She is currently a resident artist at Somerset House Studios, London. Pirecki will release her first EP later this year.