Pharmakon premieres a video collaboration entitled “Devour” in conjunction with Nowness


Pharmakon shares a brand new video entitled Devour today via Nowness, which is a collaboration between Margaret Chardiet, filmmaker Jacqueline Castel and multimedia artist Caroline Schub. Read a statement by the filmakers below. 

Devour marks a collaboration and working collage between three artists from different disciplines, anchored by the themes of self-cannibalization present within Pharmakon’s latest recording of the same name.  The intimate, rigorous series of shoots for this project formed a ritual for our summer together, informed by Musician and Performer Chardiet’s soundscapes which echo the stages of grief associated with the cyclical chamber of self-destruction amidst the chaos of the external world. This conceptually formed the backbone for the video, an exploration of the act of devouring oneself as an attempt to balance the agony of existence.  Multimedia Artist Schub created the still lifes cast from Margaret’s body (present on Devour’s album artwork), along with contributing a model of her torso, used for a gruelling series of takes where she consumed her own body cast from gelatin. Her flesh became our collective canvas, an extension of Schub’s own personal work of physical self-documentation, a form of self-preservation after years of chronic illness. This was contrasted with performances by fellow artists and friends Micki Pellerano, and Sigrid Lauren & Monica Mirabile of performance collective flucT.  Once shot, the video was processed through a series of VHS dubs done by hand by Filmmaker Castel, a methodical act of degeneration akin to the creation of a photocopy, a slow deterioration of the work imbued within the medium itself. The edit was then approached as a conceptual video zine, a surrealist cut up of dissociative, abstracted figures clashing against static, unidentifiable flesh, and visceral moments of performance to once again echo the narrative of a body in crisis. 

The fourth full-length record from New York City based artist Margaret Chardiet’s project Pharmakon is out now via Sacred Bones.

 Listen to the full album

Order: Pharmakon – Devour

Tour Dates

September 6th – Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Music Fest
September 18th – Richmond, VA @ Wonderland
September 19th – Atlanta, GA @ 529
September 20th – New Orleans LA @ Santos
September 22nd – Dallas TX @ The Nines
September 25th – Austin TX @ Hotel Vegas
September 27 – Los Angeles, CA @ Private DTLA Location
September 29 – San Francisco @ Gray Area
October 1st – Portland, OR @ Polaris Hall
October 2nd – Olympia, WA @ Cryptatropa
October 3rd – Seattle, WA @ Kremwerk
October 4th – Victoria, BC @ Cavity Curiousity Shop
October 5th – Vancouver, 333
October 7th – Edmonton, AB @ 9910
Octover 8th – Calgary, AB @ The Palomino
October 11th – Minneapolis, MN @ Part Wolf MPLS
October 12th – St Louis, MO @ The Bootleg
October 13th – Chicago, IL @ Co-Prosperity Sphere
October 16th  – Detroit, MI @ UFO Factory
October 17th – Pittsburgh, PA @ Gooski’s
October 18th – Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class
October 19th – Toronto, ON @ Longboat Hall
October 20th – Montreal, QC @ PHI Centre
October 25th – Providence, RI @ AS220
October 26th – Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA
October 27th – Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery

Sacred Bones Records
August 30, 2019

1. Homeostasis
2. Spit It Out
3. Self-Regulating System
4. Deprivation
5. Pristine Panic / Cheek By Jowl

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