Dani Ploeger (the Netherlands)
is an artist and cultural critic who explores situations of conflict and crisis on the fringes of the world of high-tech consumerism. Through a combination of technological objects, video, software applications and performance he emphasizes both the fragility and rawness of materiality in digital culture. His work questions myths of progress and their implications for local and global power dynamics. In this context, quasi-journalistic journeys often form the starting point for the development of his work. He has been embedded with frontline troops in East-Ukraine, travelled to e-waste dumping sites in Nigeria, stole barbed wire from the Hungarian anti-immigration fence, and interviewed witnesses of US drone attacks in Pakistan about sound and technologies of violence.
Dani’s artwork is shown at galleries, museums and festivals, such as ZKM Karlsruhe, transmediale (Berlin), Venice Architecture Biennale, WRO Media Art Biennale (Wroclaw), Museum of Fine Art Leipzig, National Gallery of Zimbabwe (Bulawayo), The New Institute, and V2_Lab for the unstable media (Rotterdam). His writing has been published in Leonardo, The Oxford Handbook of Sound and Imagination, and the International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, among others. His curatorial work has included projects at Stadtgalerie Bern (Switzerland), the Maritime Museum of Flushing (the Netherlands) and Akademie Schloss Solitude Stuttgart (Germany). Holding a PhD from the University of Sussex, UK, he is currently a Research Fellow at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, Artistic Researcher at Leiden University and Associate Research Fellow at De Montfort University in Leicester. He lives and works between London, Berlin and Flushing (the Netherlands).
Dani Ploeger on a residency at U–jazdowski. Film: Marta Wódz