about me

Paula Nishijima is a visual artist whose research-based practice unfolds with a transdisciplinary approach, weaving connections among scientific disciplines, decolonial theories, and nonhuman cosmologies. She explores the collective and self-organized behaviour of decentralized living and artificial systems, aiming to inspire more collaborative, sustainable, and ethical relationships between humans, nonhumans, and the environment.

The relationship between individual and collective motivations is central to Nishijima’s artistic practice. Through this, she investigates how new meanings, values, and ethics are co-created through participatory and collaborative processes in art. She examines individual identities as historical human social and cultural constructs, encouraging their interrogation and the collective building of new ways of relating to the world. She uses art to provide the embodied experience that theoretical understanding lacks, helping account for the new meanings emerging alongside our technologically mediated society. These transformations involve new forms of ethical relations between individuals and systems, with a shift from historically oppressive models of control to a collective production of power.

Paula collaborates with a wide spectrum of professionals and institutions, including scientists, biologists, architects, space engineers, software programmers, and designers. Her work explores systems and ecologies of the world and beyond.

Her artistic research materializes and is documented primarily through digital media, such as video, photography, and games, alongside her research on biomaterials, adding a novel dimension to her artworks.

Recent exhibitions include Living Systems – Concepts of Natural and Artificial Otherness in Collective Habitats, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, 2023; 20th Media Art Biennale WRO, Fungible Content, Wroclaw, Poland, 2023; Plug-in Habitat, LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, Gijón, Spain, 2022-23; Here and Now, Media Art Friesland, Leeuwarden, Netherlands, 2021. In 2022, she received a grant residency from the European Media Art Platform. She has been nominated for the Bio Art and Design Award, Netherlands (2022); and Young Master Award of the Media Art Friesland, Netherlands (2020-21).

She is part of FRIEC collective, a global platform for urban ecological art that nurtures humanity’s cultural relationships with nature; Translocalia, a network of artists, curators, designers, and professionals from different domains that plan for the future through art; Luv ‘til It Hurts, an artist-led project about HIV and stigma; and a member of the board of the Dutch Association of Aesthetics (Nederlands Genootschap voor Esthetica).