Dani Ploeger

BIO and CURRICULUM (download)

Born in Middelburg, Netherlands
Studied at Royal Conservatoire of The Hague (BMus), Orchestra Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic (PG), University of Sussex, UK (PhD)
Lives and works in Vlissingen, NL, and London, UK

Dani Ploeger explores situations of conflict and crisis on the fringes of the world of high-tech consumerism. His objects, videos, and apps emphasize both the fragility and rawness of the materiality of everyday technologies, while questioning the sanitized, utopian marketing around innovation and its implications for local and global power dynamics. In this context, quasi-journalistic journeys often provide the starting point for the development of his work. He has made a VR installation while embedded with frontline troops in East-Ukraine, travelled to dump sites in Nigeria to collect electronic waste originating from Europe, stole razor wire from the Hungarian anti-immigration fence, and interviewed witnesses of US drone attacks in Pakistan for a project around sound and technologies of violence.

Dani’s artwork is exhibited in museums, galleries and festivals worldwide and he has received commissions from ZKM Center for Culture and Media in Karlsruhe, New Society for Fine Arts Berlin, V2_Lab for unstable media in Rotterdam and the Cité Internationale des Arts Paris, among others. His VR installation The Grass Smells So Sweet was awarded the 2018 jury prize of the VRHAM Festival for art and virtual reality in Hamburg. His work is in the public collections of the WRO Art Center in Wroclaw and ZKM in Karlsruhe, as well as private collections across Europe. His work ASSAULT (2016), encompassing an iPad shot with an assault rifle, led to a preliminary investigation for radicalization and extremism by the Dutch public prosecution service.

He holds a PhD in performance, media and cultural studies from the University of Sussex, UK