Pakui Hardware at Tenderpixel / London

Pakui Hardware / The Return of Sweetness

17 March until 28 April 2018

8 Cecil Court
London WC2N 4HE

credits: Pakui Hardware: The Return on Sweetness, 2018. Courtesy of the artists, EXILE, Berlin and Tenderpixel, London.

For their first solo show in London, the duo Pakui Hardware
developed an entirely new project for Tenderpixel’s space, exploring metabolism
both as a metaphorical device and as a physical and biological process.
Great vegetables, great organs, greater economy. An apple a day
keeps the doctor away. A dozen of apples might today. They say: “The great
nutrition collapse” – pointing to the sky and to the soil. The atmosphere is
changing the food we eat, for the worse. The atmosphere, you pig, how dare you.
Our aubergines are large as ever. And so are our stomachs. They too constantly
demand attention. They require being squeezed, divided, reduced, bypassed,
monitored. They say: “Boost your metabolism” – pointing to green tea. The
return of sweetness after the third cup of pu-erh is sublime.
Metabolism is not personal. It is engineered. The metabolism of
cells rewired to get more efficient, to grant them the ability to generate new
products. Fuels, chemicals, foods, and drugs. Not entirely artificial, not
wholly organic. Perfect enough to keep the engines running. Just make sure to
keep the by-products in a dark dry place.
Materials: glass objects,
heat-treated PVC, textile fabric, latex, sea urchin spikes, silicone, chia
seeds, copper pipes, metal wires, cables, paraffin wax, neon.

Pakui Hardware (Neringa Cerniauskaite and Ugnius Gelguda) are based in Berlin and
Vilnius. They work as a collaborative artist duo since 2014. 
The artists are represented by EXILE, Berlin.

Their latest solo shows include Creatures of Habit,
Trafó Gallery, Budapest; SIC, Helsinki, and Artissima, Turin, IT; On
, EXILE, Berlin (all 2017); Vanilla Eyes, MUMOK,
Vienna; Transactions, Podium, Oslo (both 2016); Lost
 Kim?, Contemporary Art Centre, Riga (2015);  The
Metaphysics of the Runner
, Contemporary Art Centre (CAC), Vilnius and 321
Gallery, Brooklyn, New York.  Among many others the artists participated
in group shows at Kunsthalle Basel, CH; Kunstverein Brauschweig and Kunstverein
Freiburg, DE; Galerie Kamel Mennour, Paris; 20th Contemporary Art
Festival Sesc_Videobrasil, Sao Paulo, BR; National Gallery of Art, Vilnius;
Assembly Point, London; Zacheta National Gallery Showroom, Warsaw.
Upcoming projects include solo exhibitions at L’Ascensore,
Palermo, IT; at Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig (MdbK), DE and at
Bielefelder Kunstverein, DE, as well asJungle Theory, a group show
curated by Hugo Vitrani at Domaine Pommery, FR and the13th Baltic
Triennial curated by Vincent Honoré at Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius.
Supported by Lithuanian Culture Institute, Restored Lithuania 100