Hannes Wiedemann


  • Oeuvre - Hannes Wiedemann
    Grinders - 2015-2019 - photographs From The Wetware Projects
  • Oeuvre - Hannes Wiedemann
    Bits and Pieces - 2016-2017 - photographs From The Wetware Projects

Hannes Wiedemann is a Berlin-based photographer working in the field of editorial portrait photography. They graduated from the Ostkreuz School of Photography in 2017. Their three-chapter body of work ‘Wetware Projects’, which revolves around corporeality in the 21st century, has been exhibited and published internationally.

The Wetware Projects‘ is a three-chapter documentary case study on the enhancement of living organisms. Wetware is a cyberpunk slang term that applies the idea of software or hardware to biological life forms.

Grinders – DIY Cyborgs (2015-2019) follows the US underground bodyhacking community. In small rural towns across the United States, techno-anarchists work on the fusion of man and machine. They develop makeshift devices and gadgets that they implant into their own bodies, becoming guinea pigs for an imagined transhuman future.

Bits and Pieces (2016-2017) is an eerie, visceral odyssey through Seoul, the megacity nicknamed the ‘world capital of plastic surgery’. The project explores the aesthetic, material and economic consequences of body enhancement as a consumer capitalist commodity. Graphic surgery scenes depicting body parts and fluids are combined with photographs exploring the infrastructure of the South Korean plastic surgery industry.

Frontier (2018-2019) delves into another underground biohacking scene in the United States. The CRISPR/Cas method, which radically simplifies the manipulation of any organism’s DNA through genome editing, has just been discovered and hailed as a major scientific breakthrough. The now affordable and easily accessible technology of genome editing is sparking a “gold rush” in molecular biology. Scientists, pharmaceutical companies and agricultural organizations are racing to develop new applications such as cancer treatments and genetically modified crops. Somewhat underground, this inspires a new counterculture with simply anarchistic goals: Biohackers demand unlimited experimentation with genetic manipulation for all, experimenting on bacteria, frogs, and their own bodies.