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Pakui Hardware
Extrakorporal, 2018

The artist team of Neringa Černiauskaitė and Ugnius Gelguda, who call themselves Pakui Hardware, exhibit in the most prestigious international galleries and museums. They are inspired by robotics, synthetic biology, and the effect of newly invented materials on ecology, biology, philosophy and social relations. At once fascinated and frightened by recent advances, the artists recognise that we will have to come to terms with them.

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In the installation Extrakorporal two creatures made of furs and skins hang in the air. They could remind us of ancient shamans. But instead of ritual masks, the beings’ faces are covered by horseshoe crabs cast from glass. The blue blood of such crabs has antibacterial properties and is therefore used in medical research. This installation draws our attention to human efforts to adopt features of other organisms and in this way control human evolution. And perhaps achieve immortality.