Test_Lab: Destructive Circuits with Dani Ploeger

Artist Dani Ploeger introduces his research into the use of hacked consumer electronics in Improvised Explosive Devices.

Sep 2021
13:30 to 14:30
location: Online

V2_ Fellow Dani Ploeger’s project Destructive Circuits examines the design and construction of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) with reappropriated and hacked everyday digital technologies. It combines archival investigation, critical inquiry and practice-based artistic exploration to gain new perspectives on the ways the development of these devices is intertwined with globalized techno-consumerism and media politics.

Destructive Circuits takes its starting point from a ‘machine archaeology’ of several case studies from the early 1990s until the present. These include a Casio watch trigger circuit designed by Ramzi Yousef, one of the 1993 WTC bombers; an electronic incendiary device developed by the Provisional IRA in the early 1990s; and a remote trigger with a modified wireless pager system made by fighters of the Kosovo Liberation Army in 1999.

For this first phase of the project – an initial critical exploration – Dani interviewed three academics in the fields of cultural studies of technology and conflict studies about urbanization, nihilism, machines and bodies: Nolen Gertz (University of Twente), Professor Yasmin Ibrahim (Queen Mary, University of London) and Eric Kluitenberg (Royal Academy of Art The Hague). During the Test_Lab on 19 September, Dani will introduce the project in conversation with V2_ curator Florian Weigl, present a short video documentary featuring the participating academics and launch a web-archive-in-progress of contextual materials.


This event will take place on Sunday 19 September at 13:30h (online via Zoom). Get your ticket to join this event (2 EUR). You will receive the event link by e-mail prior to the event.

Dani Ploeger

Dani Ploeger explores situations of conflict and crisis on the fringes of the world of high-tech consumerism. His objects, videos and software engage with the spectacles of waste, sex and violence and question the sanitized, utopian marketing surrounding innovation and its implications for local and global power dynamics. His work is informed by field research on the use of everyday technologies under extraordinary circumstances. He has made a VR installation while accompanying frontline troops in the Russo-Ukrainian war, travelled to dump sites in Nigeria to collect electronic waste originating from Europe, stolen razor wire from the so-called ‘hi-tech fence’ on the EU outer border in Hungary and interviewed witnesses of US drone attacks in Pakistan about the sounds of technologies of violence, among others.


Image: Ramzi Yousef's Casio nitro bomb trigger design from the early 1990s

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