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Digital AfterCare: Traumatic Thresholds and Post-Capitalist Media

My work draws on artistic, political, poetic, speculative, and psychological dimensions of alternative economies of digital care, as counter technologies and counter fantasies to current traumatic thresholds and abyssal dualities (referencing Boaventura Cesar Sousa Santos' abyssal politics). Building on the work of Patricia Ticineto Clough, Bracha Ettinger, Jacob Johanssen, and the Economic Space Agency, my research considers traumatic thresholds within digital media and communication technologies as algorithmic, computational, and protocol violations connected to neoliberal, colonial, and racialised capitalism. My practice opens a space for the circulation of digital care and digital aftercare as a post-capitalist potential or alternative communication economy, following the work of Brian Massumi and Jonathan Beller on post-captialist media and new articulations of value.

My research considers how alternative digital practices based on decentralized and open-source protocols and digital forms of care might rework the politics of sovereignty and extreme othering inherent to trauma and abyssal dualities as a splitting of inside and outside, or self and traumatic other. Rethinking the relationship between human, nonhuman, and other-than-human agencies in intimate nestings and complex assemblages, I consider materialities at the limits of human governance, the politics of sovereignty, and traumatic thresholds.

My work speculates and experiments with digital care as an alternative value giving structure in both interpersonal or intimate forms of communication as well as collective and political forms of activism.

The research questions that interlink and generate my texts and artworks are:

-How does the technical status of user-sovereignty/self-sovereignty in techno-social-governance networks generate digital trauma and impact psychic space?

-How can creative work and research create new imaginaries and valuations of digital care based on social-ecological-economic-emotional flows that diverge from capital’s liquidity?

-And lastly, can digital care economies become decolonizing technologies?

‘Digital Flowers: Cognitive Accelerations of Care’ is a video and text-based work that explores how attentional, emotional, and affectual forms of digital care can circulate and accelerate connectivity across bodies and boundaries. The work recycles texts and digital correspondences from lovers, family, and friends, reflecting on my experience of pandemic time spent between hereness and elsewhereness, sending messages to loved ones in Beirut in the midst of unprecedented crises and daily unfolding political-economic collapse. The work also considers diasporic care as an expressive political, economic, and emotional force, drawing on Etel Adnan's nomadic-cartographic poetry.


More about Ameera

I am a Palestinian-American video artist and writer based in London.

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