Capital traveling through bodies and materials

Pakui Hardware is the name coined by curator Alex Ross (NY) for the collaborative artist duo Neringa Cerniauskaite and Ugnius Gelguda, which began in 2014. The title Pakui Hardware refers to Pakui – special attendant of Hawaiian Goddess, who could circle Oahu island six times in a day. Thus Pakui Hardware is high-speed and brand politics as mythic semio-commodity as well as the desire to transcend the material limitations. Semio-Capital meets materiality.

The duo's work spans around the relationship between materiality, technology, and economy. How technology is shaping current economy and the physical reality itself, including the human body. In relation to the velocity of technological development, the matter becomes both an obstacle and a vehicle. These questions are analyzed through such examples as High Frequency Trading, Prometheanism, synthetic biology and new materiality.

Contacts: info@pakuihardware.org

BIOGRAPHY

Pakui Hardware is the name (coined by Alex Ross, Hester Gallery, NY) for the collaborative artist duo Neringa Cerniauskaite and Ugnius Gelguda which began in 2014.

Their latest solo shows include Extrakorporal, Bielefelder Kunstverein, Germany (2018), The Return of Sweetness, Tenderpixel gallery, London (2018); Creatures of Habit, Trafó Gallery, Budapest; SIC, Helsinki, and Artissima, Turin, IT; On Demand, EXILE, Berlin (all 2017); Vanilla Eyes, MUMOK, Vienna; Transactions, Podium, Oslo (both 2016); Lost Heritage, Kim?, Contemporary Art Centre, Riga (2015); The Metaphysics of the Runner, Contemporary Art Centre (CAC), Vilnius and 321 Gallery, Brooklyn, New York (2014). Among many others the artists participated in group shows at Kunsthalle Basel, CH; Kunstverein Brauschweig and Kunstverein Freiburg, DE; Galerie Kamel Mennour, Paris; Solar Bodies at Musee d'Orsay, Paris; Orient at BOZAR, Brussels; Low Form at MAXXI, Rome; 20th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil, Sao Paulo, BR; JL'esprit Souterrain at Domaine Pommery, FR; the 13th Baltic Triennial at Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, National Gallery of Art, Vilnius; Assembly Point, London; Zacheta National Gallery Showroom, Warsaw. Upcoming projects include solo exhibitions at Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig (MdbK)

Ugnius Gelguda is an artist based in Berlin.

Neringa Cerniauskaite is an artist, curator, writer. She contributes texts for exhibitions’ catalogues and international magazines (Artforum, Flash Art, Parkett, ARTMargins.com, MAP, Mousse magazine). She is an editor of the web-based art magazine www.artnews.lt that was launched in 2008. She is a M.A. graduate, 2014, at Bard College Center for Curatorial Studies, NY.

Both artists are based in Berlin and Vilnius.

Awards

2014
Iaspis Art Grant, The Swedish Arts Grants, Sweden
2013
Nominee for the HENKEL ART.AWARD.2013, Vienna

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