Pharmakon shares “Devour” video in collaboration with Jacqueline Castel and Caroline Schub

Pharmakon shares "Devour" video in collaboration with Jacqueline Castel and Caroline Schub
"Devour" video still

Is anybody else really hungry?

Specifically, is anybody else really hungry for new Pharmakon content? (“Pharmakontent,” as we lovingly phrase it around the TMT virtual water-cooler.) Well, you should be extra nourished now, because today’s extra special Pharmakontent comes with a double serving of filmmaker Jacqueline Castel and a side of multimedia artist Caroline Schub!

That’s right: it’s a collaborative video project dubbed “Devour,” which, you may remember, shares its title with Pharmakon’s newly released album. Disturb yourself with the new video (consensually…and probably not at work!) right here via Nowness.

Here’s a statement on the piece by the artists:

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… 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… 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.

If you need something to wash down that pitch-black dose of industrial body horror, why not grab Devour the album here? Alternatively, check out Pharmakon on tour starting today and throw yourself bodily into a real-world cannibalistic nightmare. Dates are below!

Pharmakon tour:

09.06.19 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Music Fest
09.18.19 - Richmond, VA - Wonderland
09.19.19 - Atlanta, GA - 529
09.20.19 - New Orleans, LA - Santos
09.22.19 - Dallas, TX - The Nines
09.25.19 - Austin, TX - Hotel Vegas
09.27.19 - Los Angeles, CA - Private DTLA Location
09.29.19 - San Francisco, CA - Gray Area
10.01.19 - Portland, OR - Polaris Hall
10.02.19 - Olympia, WA - Cryptatropa
10.03.19 - Seattle, WA - Kremwerk
10.04.19 - Victoria, BC - Cavity Curiousity Shop
10.05.19 - Vancouver, BC - 333
10.07.19 - Edmonton, AB - 9910
10.08.19 - Calgary, AB - The Palomino
10.11.19 - Minneapolis, MN - Part Wolf MPLS
10.12.19 - St Louis, MO - The Bootleg
10.13.19 - Chicago, IL - Co-Prosperity Sphere
10.16.19 - Detroit, MI - UFO Factory
10.17.19 - Pittsburgh, PA - Gooski’s
10.18.19 - Cleveland, OH - Now That’s Class
10.19.19 - Toronto, ON - Longboat Hall
10.20.19 - Montreal, QC - PHI Centre
10.25.19 - Providence, RI - AS220
10.26.19 - Philadelphia, PA - PhilaMOCA
10.27.19 - Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery

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