In his research project ‘The Kindness of Strangers’, the designer Hannes Bernard seeks to understand the new, emergent social practices of familiarity and estrangement facilitated by (and through) online platforms, services and interfaces. Using methods such as collecting and collaging social media artefacts into narrative arcs through multimedia installation, he parses the socio-economic dynamics of shared communication platforms (which increasingly serve as proxies for services once provided by the state) in an effort to uncover new modes of digital subjectivity.
Hannes Bernard is the founder of SulSolSal – a design and research practice based in Amsterdam, Cape Town and São Paulo. After graduating from the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam, Hannes has been combining cultural, historic and economic research to create communal spaces, publications, video installations and performances. This work investigates the complex relationship between design, economics and society, while reflecting on the spectacle of global development. In 2016 Bernard received the talent-development grant from the Creative Industries Fund NL and was an artist-in-residence at the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht. SulSolSal designed and curated the exhibition Staying Alive for the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial.