Puce Mary

Puce Mary at a performance
Year of birth, place
1989, Copenhagen, Denmark
lives and works in
Copenhagen, Denmark
At the ZKM
  • 2015
  • 2023

Puce Mary is the solo moniker of Danish-born artist Frederikke Hoffmeier. With a long career in experimental electronic music, Puce Mary has a reputation for intense live performances that span from gripping renditions of cinematic composition to the full-on fury of off-the-cuff harsh noise. Oft-identified with the now-generation of industrial noise, the project’s recent endeavours explores the field of sound more broadly than before, unfurling a complex sonic and literary narrative of tension and release, amidst disquieting dynamics and surreal cinematics. With countless releases (most recently on PAN) performances and collaborations with artists such as Drew McDowall, Varg2TM, Kali Malone and Stephen O’Malley, Puce Mary has reached wide acclaim for her powerful and unique blend of modern experimental electronic and noise music.


If the »The Drought« concerns itself with metamorphosis, we can see it in how Hoffmeier has transformed herself as Puce Mary, from her earliest tape releases of formless expressions of noise in the darkness, to transmitting ideas and feeling through an increasingly complex musical vocabulary. This is her strongest album to date and one where »noise« is but a tool towards a much more expansive expression of music.
— The Quietus

»The Drought« evokes an absence of power, the failure of industry. Puce Mary (aka Frederikke Hoffmeier) soundtracks a life spent vacantly shuttling between insidious digital isolation and alienated bodily contact, set against the background of a looming apocalypse.
— Pitchfork

The Danish experimental artist is at her sinister best on this PAN debut.
— Resident Advisor