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Digital Aftercares: Digital retooling for agency, value, and co-immunity

My practice-based doctoral research developed digital retooling as an artistic methodology that ties together socially engaged practice, speculative design, and the arts to create original artworks and projects that rescript how media acquires meaning and form as it moves in the world.

For my thesis, I developed several artistic projects, including: ‘Virtual Keffiyeh’ a digital wearable and research project that examines Palestinian digital rights in virtual and metaverse spaces; 'Black Body Radiation: Rescripting Data Bodies' a collaborative project with performance artist Ama BE which deploys body sensor networks and blockchain architectures to explore artistic agency and alternative value creation in performance artworks; and ‘Orbital Bloom’ which repurposes sustainability data into responsive artworks.

Digital retooling is a propositional, practical, creative, and critical method that transforms existing technologies through artistic practice to break from hegemonic structures rooted in digital capitalism, ambiguated consent, and data colonialism. Staying with embodiment and vulnerability, my research and practice locates architectures of agency, care, and co-vulnerability in emergent mediascapes.


More about Ameera

My research and practice intersects social practice, innovation, sustainability, and the arts. I am interested in ethical automation and building symbiotic digital ecologies that are deeply connected to our world and actions.

I am co-founder of Orbital Bloom, a start-up that creates data-driven artworks that bloom and thrive as buildings green. Orbital Bloom is part of InnovationRCA’s incubator.

Intensive Foundation Certificate in Psychotherapy & Counselling, Regent's College (2021)

MFA, American University, Film and Digital Media

Recent Presentations & Seminars

Across RCA // Trauma-Informed Approaches to Arts, Design, and Critical Theory

'i Object' at the Freud Museum // Seminar on the Traumatic Object

RCA Doctoral Training Week // Cultural Ecologies of Beirut 

RCA Student Union // Organs of Thought : Diagrammatics and Visual Organization Out of Chaos