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Destructive Circuits

Destructive Circuits, A Machine Archaeology of Improvised Explosive Devices, is a project by Dani Ploeger. It is developed in collaboration with V2_Lab in 2021-2022.

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.

The project Destructive Circuits A Machine Archaeology of Improvised Explosive Devices by Dani Ploeger  consists of three main phases: A theoretical exploration of case studies based on a series of semi-structured interviews with academics in media archaeology and conflict studies; a practice-based research phase during which several artists will respond to the technologies from the case studies; and the production of a short experimental film accompanied by an installation that processes the outcomes of the research in the form of a machine-archaeological sci-fi scenario.

Intermediate project results are presented at several public moments during 2021 and 2022. 

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’s University London) and Eric Kluitenberg (Royal Academy of Art The Hague). During the Test_Lab on 19 September, Dani introduces 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.

The period November 2021 till February 2022 concerns practice-based experiments with two artists each time, including Arthur Elsenaar, Dani Ploeger, and Aoife van Linden Tol, leading to a second public event.

The third phase, March - June 2022, is for the realization of a short film based on the outcome of the first two phases, with imaginary IEDs (Improvised Exploding Devices), shot on location at WW2 bunker in Koudekerke, the Netherlands. The film is presented at V2_, probably in the form of exhibition with imaginary IED artefacts.

Arthur Elsenaar

Arthur Elsenaar

Arthur Elsenaar (NL) is an artist, exploring the human face as computer-controlled display device.

Eric Kluitenberg

Eric Kluitenberg

Eric Kluitenberg (NL) is a writer, organizer and theorist.

Dani Ploeger

Dani Ploeger

Dani Ploeger is an artist and cultural critic.

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