WETWARE PROJECTS / GRINDERS : HANNES WIEDEMANN
In rural small towns in the United States techno-anarchists are working on the fusion of the human and the machine. They develop devices and gadgets to implant into their own bodies, becoming guinea pigs of an envisioned transhuman future. Their risky experiments and strong faith into technology’s emancipatory potential challenge science, medicine and ethics equally.
The photographer has been following the US-american bodyhacking community 2015-2019. His series, depicting makeshift arrangements and close-up surgeries, offers a counterproposal to the sleek visual iconography that commonly surrounds topics like 'enhancement' and 'future'.
In The Wetware Projects, Hannes Wiedemann documents the ongoing merge of technology with the human body and biology at large. Employing reportage photography and working along the borders of the visible, he explores phenomena such as DIY cyborgs, plastic surgery and genetic engineering in all its immediacy. Hannes Wiedemann is a Berlin-based photographer and Ostkreuz School of Photography graduate. His work is regularly exhibited and published in magazines. 'Grinders' and 'Bits and Pieces' were self-published as artist books. Recent Shows include: STRP, Eindhoven, The Netherlands 2019; Daegu Photography Biennial, South Korea 2018; IN YOUR FACE, Kubus, Hanover, Germany 2018; Riga Photography Biennial, Latvia 2018; NEW CITIZENS, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia 2017; NUCLEUS, Noorderlicht International Photography Festival, Groningen, The Netherlands 2017; 2016 NEW PHOTOGRAPHY II, ALAN, Istanbul, Turkey 2017; HUMAN UPGRADE, Galerie der Schader-Stiftung / Hessisches Landesmuseum, Darmstadt, Germany 2016.
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