The newest body of works Creatures of Habit of the collaborative artistic duo Pakui Hardware derived from the duo’s interest in industrial robotic gear – various custom made covers and ‘clothing’ for robots in diverse industries.
Pakui Hardware: Creatures of Habit
November 11, 2017 – January 7.,2018
Trafó Gallery, Budapest
Materials: iron, water-proof heavy duty fabric, UV prints on silicone, chia seeds, liquid
containers, repair lamp, silicone rubber
The newest body of works Creatures of Habit of the collaborative artistic duo Pakui Hardware derived from the duo’s interest in industrial robotic gear – various custom made covers and ‘clothing’ for robots in diverse industries. The metallic corpuses of industrial automated companions are stretched over with uniforms, which shield them from hazardous environments. The disposable cellophane, soft textiles or expensive hard duty, heat-resistant fabrics, usually used for these ’uniforms’ bring them even closer to their human coworkers, blending the organic and automated into a synthetic whole. In the installation Creatures of Habit, the artists present a group of sculptures in which metal figures are covered with special clothing made of heavy-duty water-proof materials, silicone, plastic and are equipped with some small mechanical devices. The covered ‘bodies’ merge machine-human features and gestures, creating an assembly of a yet
unknown or transitory species. Pakui Hardware’s installation resonates in the context of visions on automated societies of the future. Yet this time the centre of the work is not human, but the robotic bodies themselves.
Pakui Hardware so far had solo shows in such institutions as MUMOK, Vienna and kim? Contemporary Art Center, Riga. Their most recent solo exhibitions were held in SIC Gallery, Helsinki and EXILE Gallery, Berlin and they have a forthcoming exhibition in Tenderpixel, London. The duo has participated in group shows at Kunsthalle Basel, Kunstverein Braunschweig, Assembly Point, London Future Gallery, Berlin and National Gallery of Art, Vilnius. They were part of 20th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil, São Paulo, and they will participate at the XIII. Baltic Triennial organized by Contemporary Art Center (CAC), Vilnius.
Artist are represented by EXILE, Berlin.
Special thanks to architects Ona Lozuraitytė and Petras Išora
Supported by: National Cultural Fund of Hungary, Káli Kövek
Photo credit: Pakui Hardware