Dani Ploeger 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. Thus, 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 United States drone attacks in Pakistan about sound and technologies of violence. Dani’s artwork has been shown at transmediale, WRO Biennale, ZKM Karlsruhe, V2_Lab for the unstable media, and many other places. His texts have 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 projects include exhibitions at Stadtgalerie Bern (CH) and the Maritime Museum of Flushing (NL). 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 (NL), mostly on trains and ferries.