Somerset House Studios

Rage: Puce Mary, NAKED + TBC

Part of Assembly

Wed 14 Nov 2018
19.30 -20.45

Limited capacity. Latecomers will not be admitted. 

The Deadhouse
Enter via New Wing

Extreme electronics, industrial noise and violent choral compositions in three acts for the opening of ASSEMBLY - curated by Agnes Gryczkowska of NAKED:

Puce Mary – London premiere of The Drought

NAKED – new installation and performance work

Utilising the architecture of the Deadhouse, an underground tunnel beneath the Somerset House courtyard housing the remnants of a former chapel, ASSEMBLY opens with a ceremonial procession through viscerality, frenzy, unsettling narratives, brutal emotions and power struggle, with the self, loved ones and societal forces. Each corridor of the space will be owned by a different act, each act taking you to the edge, where the deepest and most primitive parts of you are triggered, frightened, caressed, and liberated.

Puce Mary is the solo moniker of Danish experimental artist Frederikke Hoffmeier, a project growing out of the same soil as Copenhagen based label Posh Isolation. Her compositions manifest an ongoing power struggle within the self towards preservation, whilst the traumatised body serves as a dry landscape where obscured memories and escape mechanisms fold reality into fiction, making sense of desire, loss and control. Since 2013 Puce Mary has showed intimate and confrontational performances throughout the world, collaborating with peers such as Drew McDowall of Coil, Dan Johanson of Sewer Election, Loke Rahbek, Varg, and Rodger Stella of Macronympha. Her new album The Drought will be out on PAN on the 05 October 2018.

NAKED is Agnes Gryczkowska and Alexander Johnston, a London based duo engaging with noise, industrial, experimental and extreme forms of electronic music. Their work – brutal and uncompromising – is rooted in a socio-political confrontation. The pathology of power and of alternating states of control filters through their performances, subjecting the audience to a barrage of destructive ecstasies, their live presence characterised by the extremity of vocal and sonic deliveries. Prior to the release of their EP Total Power Exchange on Halcyon Veil, NAKED released an alternative national anthem for DAZED which followed the release of their debut album Zone and a collaboration with Mykki Blanco. They have performed at Unsound Festival, CTM Festival, Serpentine Galleries, SXSW, RBMA and Cafe OTO and recently completed their first tour of Asia.

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NAKED live in Shanghai by Jaya

Limited capacity. Latecomers will not be admitted.