Artist: Pakui Hardware
Exhibition title: Creatures of Habit
Venue: SIC, Helsinki, Finland
Date: August 5 – September 3, 2017
Photography: all images copyrights and courtesy of the artist and SIC, Helsinki
Materials: iron, water-proof heavy duty fabric, UV prints on silicone, chia seeds, liquid containers, repair lamp, silicone rubber.
Immersed in leisure while automated bodies scurry around carrying out our daily routines and work, we devote ourselves to spiritual and cultural augmentation, cultivation of our creativity and fitness. Everyone is familiar with such kind of phantasy of automation. It is, of course, accessible to only part of the future post-working class.
While as today, metallic bodies of the automated companions are stretched over with uniforms. Shielding their surfaces from hazardous environments, these clothing, made of disposable cellophane, soft textiles or expensive hard duty, heat-resistant fabrics, bring them even closer to their human coworkers, blending the organic and automated into a synthetic whole. The covered ‘bodies’ merge machine-human features and gestures, creating an assembly of yet unknown or transitory species.
The exhibition is produced in collaboration with Kiasma Theatre’s URB 17 Festival.
Architects of the exhibition: Ona Lozuraitytė and Petras Išora.
Photo credits: Pakui Hardware
Pakui Hardware is the collaborative artist duo formed by Neringa Černiauskaitė and Ugnius Gelguda. In their work, the duo traces Capital traveling through bodies and materials. Their latest solo shows include venues of MUMOK, Vienna, EXILE Gallery, Berlin, Tenderpixel, London (forthcoming), Podium, Oslo, ExoExo, Paris, kim? Contemporary Art Center, Riga, Jenifer Nails, Frankfurt, Contemporary Art Centre (CAC), Vilnius, 321 Gallery, Brooklyn, New York. The artists have participated in group shows at Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland, Kunstverein Brauschweig, Germany, Assembly Point, London (forthcoming), 20th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil, São Paulo (forthcoming), National Gallery of Art, Vilnius, Kunsthalle Tallinn, Valentin, Paris, Zacheta National Gallery Showroom, Warsaw, among others.