Kunstavond XL: Appendix Machina (Dani Ploeger)

Drawing from V2’s archive of performance art with robotics, and in collaboration with the organisation In4Art, artist Dani Ploeger is working on the reanimation of a Keecker, a domestic multi-media robot developed by a now bankrupt French start-up.

Nov 2019
18:00 to 23:00

The robot will be reprogrammed to be controlled with a commercially available anal electrode for the treatment of faecal incontinence. Instead of celebrating the polished world of futuristic IoT technology, the robot will explore the grotesque, uncanny and unsettling aspects of life with machines.

The past few years have seen a hype around Internet of Things applications to control and monitor the home. In this context, consumer electronics multinationals as well as start-ups have launched interactive devices that combine slick high-tech design with a nostalgic sense of ‘warm’ social interaction. However, most of these robots have failed to draw much interest beyond an early-adopters audience, and many start-up projects have disappeared as quickly as they emerged. After the supporting servers of the – often still developing – projects have shut down, the robots live on like innovation zombies of sorts. While they look like harbingers of a sci-fi future, their day-to-day operation tends to be cumbersome and erratic. Dani Ploeger’s APPENDIX MACHINA project is dedicated to these living dead innovations.

Time and entrance


This event starts at 18:00h and ends 23:00h, entrance is free, walk in anytime you want.

Kunstavond/Art evening

Every Friday the Kunstblock art venues in the Witte de Withkwartier are open in the evening. Visit MAMA, TENT, WORM, V2_, Lab for the Unstable Media, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art and CBK Rotterdam’s collection of art in the public space. Click here for the programme. 


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