Philomène Pirecki


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.

Philomène Pirecki’s commission will be screened for 48 hours as part of our online programme, broadcast via the homepage on our website. When to watch: 8pm June 29th – 8pm July 1st. All online commissions will be broadcast again as part of our marathon screening at 8pm, Thursday 15th July.

Commissioned by Art Night, Somerset House and FACT in collaboration with 180 Studios. Supported by the Adonyeva Foundation.


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.

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