Capital traveling through bodies and materials

Pakui Hardware is a name for collaborative artist duo Neringa Cerniauskaite and Ugnius Gelguda. Pakui Hardware refers to Pakui – special attendant of Hawaiian Goddess, a runner who could circle an island six times in a day, thus embodying velocity and mythology, and Hardware which stands for materiality, bodies, and resources.

The duo's work explores plasticity of bodies, their yet undiscovered potentials. They trace how diverse technologies expand, test and control these bodily promises. Hybrid materials that the artists employ correspond to hybrid bodies that surround us. These questions are analyzed through such examples as invasive and transformative relationship to bodies, automation, synthetic biology and new materiality.

Pakui Hardware is represented by carlier | gebauer, Berlin
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Pakui Hardware is the name for the collaborative artist duo Neringa Cerniauskaite and Ugnius Gelguda which began in 2014. Their latest solo shows include Underbelly, Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig (MdbK), Germany; Thrivers, Polansky gallery, Prague (both 2019); Extrakorporal, Bielefelder Kunstverein, Germany; The Return of Sweetness, Tenderpixel gallery, London (both 2018); Creatures of Habit, Trafó Gallery, Budapest; SIC, Helsinki, and Artissima, Turin, IT; On Demand, EXILE, Berlin (all 2017); Vanilla Eyes, MUMOK, Vienna (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 (both 2014). Among many others the artists participated in group shows at 16th Istanbul Biennale; Kunsthalle Basel, CH; Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw; Musée d'Orsay, Paris; BOZAR, Brussels; MAXXI, Rome; 13th Baltic Triennial at Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius; CCA Tel-Aviv; SALTS, Basel, CH; 20th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil, Sao Paulo, BR; Kunstverein Brauschweig and Kunstverein Freiburg, DE; Domaine Pommery, FR; National Gallery of Art, Vilnius. Upcoming projects include solo exhibitions at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK; carlier | gebauer gallery, Berlin, and Leopold-Hoesch-Museum Düren, Germany.

Ugnius Gelguda is an artist based in Vilnius and Berlin.

Neringa Cerniauskaite is an artist, curator, writer. She contributes texts for exhibitions’ catalogues and international magazines (Artforum, Flash Art, Parkett,, MAP, Mousse magazine). She is an editor of the web-based art magazine 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.


Günther-Peill-Stiftung grant, 2018, Germany
Iaspis Art Grant, The Swedish Arts Grants, Stockholm, Sweden
Nominee for the HENKEL ART.AWARD.2013, Vienna, Austria