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Pakui Hardware | Shapeshifter, Heartbreaker

With their installation Shapeshifter, Heartbreaker at Jenifer Nails in Frankfurt, the collaborative duo Pakui Hardware (Neringa Černiauskaitė and Ugnius Gelguda) closed out a big year that included the solo exhibition, The Metaphysics of the Runner, at 321 Gallery, in Brooklyn, New York, and the Iaspis residency, in Malmö, Sweden. Last month Černiauskaitė, a graduate from Bard’s Center for Curatorial Studies, and artist Ugnius Gelguda delivered a performance lecture at the Moderna Museet where topics ranged from digital materiality and technological prosthesis to high frequency trading. But don’t worry, if you miss their post-office installation you can see them at KIM? Contemporary Art Center in Riga, Latvia where they open their next show on January 13th.

Shapeshifter, Heartbreaker, is an installation on two levels composed of sculptural work and 3D computer animations that are both abstract and figurative. On the first level Pakui Hardware has designed an office desk using the typical components of a trading floor. However, this is not a work station for individuals; it is for computer aided trading, non-human activities which are approximated in the three channel videos atop desks noticeably lacking keyboards and mice. These activities often occur at an exceedingly fast pace, in the blink of an eye, an expression that lends its name to a video installed on the second floor. There, the blinks of a humanoid form have been accelerated to illustrate how fast the body would have to consciously react if it were operating at the speed of decision making that resulted in the stock market’s ‘flash crash’ of 2010. If you haven’t already, #DISCOVER Pakui Hardware — we have.

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Pakui Hardware, Shapeshifter, Heartbreaker, 2014. 3D motion graphics, stock data from Bond Market Flash Crash (16/10/2014), Three chanel video, acrylic glass, plastic net, artificial leather cup, MDF. Exhibition view, Jenifer Nails, Frankfurt, 2014

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Pakui Hardware, Shapeshifter, Heartbreaker, 2014.

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Pakui Hardware, Shapeshifter, Heartbreaker, 2014. Detail

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In the Blink of an Eye, 2014. 3D motion graphics, TV monitor. Exposition view at Jenifer Nails, Frankfurt

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Pakui Hardware. Installation view, 2nd floor, Jenifer Nails, Frankfurt, 2014

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Pakui Hardware, Object I, 2014. Artificial leather. Detail, Jenifer Nails, Frankfurt, 2014

ALLGOLD at MoMA PS1

This weekend, don’t miss the last Saturday and Sunday of ALLGOLD‘s re-launch of the electronic music label GENERATIONS UNLIMITED at the MoMA PS1 Print Shop. Featuring concerts, installations and screenings. Saturday December 20 Naval Cassidy 12-6pm If, Bwana 7pm Keiko Uenishi (o.blaat) 8pm Daren Ho 9pm Sunday December 21 Michael Evans 7pm Barry Weisblat 8pm Lary 7-9pm MoMA PS1 Print Shop 22-01 Jackson Ave Long Island City, NY 11101 ALLGOLD is comprised of artists, designers,… [read more »]

The History of Non-Art: Part 4

On the Avant-garde as Rearguard The most groundbreaking art of the 20th century is called avant-garde. But perhaps these pioneering artists were not so pioneering after all. The artistic avant-garde did not break with established genres and traditions so much as it systematically established genres and tradition. Much of what is considered “radical,” “innovative” and “original” about Duchamp and the artistic avant-garde was brought into existence by people who were not visual artists. They were… [read more »]

Dancarchy | Naomi Fisher

There is an intense new energy unveiled in Naomi Fisher’s new work for Art Basel Miami Beach 2014. Seven large paintings dance their way into the art fair and represent a solid return to painting for an artist who has been dedicated to an aesthetic where nature, ornamentation, and female collective groups dance together and perform their way through the mundane and the extraordinary. Fisher is also revealing a new public commission at the botanical… [read more »]

BAM | Migrating Forms Festival #6

Watch an exclusive trailer by Jacolby Satterwhite for BAM‘s sixth annual Migrating Forms festival! BAMcinématek has announced the complete lineup for the sixth annual Migrating Forms festival of film and video (Dec 10—18), and we are so excited! Co-curated by Nellie Killian and Kevin McGarry. Opening the festival on Wednesday, December 10, is the New York premiere of Soon-Mi Yoo’s Songs from the North. Inspired to make a documentary about daily life under one of… [read more »]

Institut Kunst | We’re Live and We Want to Elate

Institut Kunst, the Art School you wish you had applied to! Spearheaded by Head of the Art Institute, Chus Martínez, along with lecturers and a science team, the innovative Institut Kunst is working towards a redefinition of the traditional art school. The website is not your average .edu. Check it out here and read the welcome text, WE’RE LIVE AND WE WANT TO ELATE by Chus Martínez below. The site you’re in now is, actually,… [read more »]

Artie Vierkant |  A Model Release

Artie Vierkant’s show, A Model Release, at UntItled consists of four new pieces from two distinct bodies of work. Executed through processes that affect a wide spectrum of the population, the works on view are accessible to both the intellectually and visually curious alike. While Detachable storage rack for metallic structure and Air filter and method of constructing the same add to the series Exploits made within the constraints of several patents licensed by the… [read more »]

The History of Non-Art: Part 3

On the Avant-garde as Rearguard The most groundbreaking art of the 20th century is called avant-garde. But perhaps these pioneering artists were not so pioneering after all. The artistic avant-garde did not break with established genres and traditions so much as it systematically established genres and tradition. Much of what is considered “radical,” “innovative” and “original” about Duchamp and the artistic avant-garde was brought into existence by people who were not visual artists. They were… [read more »]

Xavier Cha | Instagram and digital representation

Andrew Kachel and Xavier Cha talk about censorship, digital representation, and her controversial contribution to ♥Like: A BOFFO Instagram Project. New York based artist Xavier Cha’s work engages with the presentation of self in networked culture. Inhabiting modes of translation and manipulation that aid the digital circulation of information, Cha’s work also offers insight into coded desires that are manifest across social media platforms. These desires were central to a work Cha made for the… [read more »]

4Real x Teengirl Fantasy

Digital agency 4REAL has developed an interactive multimedia experience for Teengirl Fantasy’s new EP, THERMAL. Using WebGL technology, 4REAL created 4 virtual worlds to accompany the 4 songs on the EP – Cavescape, Lung feat. Lafawndah, 7:30 A.M, and U touch me feat. Hoody (후디) Click and drag to explore, scroll to zoom. Look for a surprise at the end of 7:30! As technologies like WebGL and Web Audio become more ubiquitous, we don’t have… [read more »]