Overview participating exhibitions
In small-town rural America, hackers are working on the fusion of man and machine. They are developing devices and gadgets to implant into their body, functioning as guinea pigs for trans-humanism: the belief that through science and technology, humanity can evolve beyond its current physical and mental constraints. Their risky experiments and strong convictions defy (medical) science as well as ethics. In GRINDERS, Hannes Wiedemann follows this American community of body-hackers. Centuries-old myths pertaining to improvements, innovation and the future are usually illustrated by the aesthetics of smooth interfaces. Wiedemann contrasts this with improvised operations, dirty interiors and ruthlessly physical photographs.
Hannes Wiedemann (Germany, 1991) graduated this year from the Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie. His work explores the intersection of human physicality and technology. GRINDERS came out in book form in 2016, and was awarded third prize at the Kassel Dummy Awards this year.