Niema investigates the intersection between art, science and computational technology within her arts practice and teaching. She asks: How can technology extend or transform what is possible in art making? Rather than being passive users of technology, how can we be makers of technology that engage with the world? Combining materials from the computational world (i.e., microcontrollers) with soft circuits (i.e., conductive fabric) Niema attempts to bring the abstract or unseen into the physical realm.
Niema’s teaching and arts practice is intertwined, meaning one will inform the other. Niema collaborates with educators to develop inquiry based arts integrated curriculum to make education more accessible to diverse learners. Whether its the unseen energy forces that exists around us or invisible systems that marginalize communities, she collaborates with teachers and students to use new media to to illuminate and question these issues.
By combining art and technology with education, Niema is pushing the boundary of what is possible by integrating these disparate disciplines. She is using her research and knowledge with new media to inspire youth from marginalized communities to be intrinsically motivated to learn about art, science and technology. In her own practice, Niema looks at how science and technology have been seen as male dominated fields but with the use of these hybrid materials how can we make them accessible to a broader audience?