Philomène Pirecki


Working with bioacoustics, biological time and electromagnetism, Philomène Pirecki presented 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, The Scrying Eye 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. Performers accompany Pirecki within an audio visual performance of bodily rhythms, moving through a cycle of intensity, decay and invigoration.

Philomène Pirecki’s commission was screened as part of our online programme 29 June – 1st July 1st + 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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