last update 2020·12·05 — 2:01pm est
My name is Zainab Aliyu (f.k.a. zai) ❊ like and I am a cultural worker living in occupied Lenapehoking. My work contextualizes the cybernetic and temporal entanglement embedded within societal dynamics to reveal that not only are all sociotechnological systems of control interconnected, but that we are all implicated through time. I often inquire, dream and experiment through built virtual environments, printed matter, archives, video, writing, installation and community-participatory (un)learning. more...
recent engagements

Self-publishing The Dictionary of Dark Matters, a collaborative people's dictionary on surveillance, racial capitalism and technology (Oct 2020)

Collaborating with BUFU By Us For Us to create a platform called CLOUD9 (Collective Love on Ur Desktop) for sharing care, strategies, wisdom, sweetness, resources and love to support everyone affected by the coronavirus pandemic · [online] (May 2020 — ongoing)

Guest critiquing for MFA studio course at Parsons, The New School instructed by Fei Liu · [New York, NY online] (May 2020)

Curating archives for moving image and time-based media and directing design for the African Film Festival at Film at Lincoln Center [New York, NY] (Feb 2020 — ongoing)

Co-organizing learning around the intersections of code, art, hardware and critical theory at the School for Poetic Computation [New York, NY] (Jan 2020 — ongoing)

recent listens In The World, But Not Of The World — Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith (3 days ago)
elsewhere E-mail

self-publishing an assemblage of knowledge on surveillance, racial capitalism and technology, established within mutual histories Dark Matters Dictionary

sharing care, strategies, wisdom, sweetness, resources, and love to support everyone affected by the coronavirus pandemic

interrogating the the cultural value systems that are encoded into the objects that we build Death as a Moment of Radical Continuity

responding urgently against ongoing state violence, in the form of a toolkit on digital self-defense, anti-surveillance and direct action care Revolution & Us

questioning the memorabilia of capitalist labor — residue from the xerox office regime that is reminiscent of the technologies that dictate the conditions of our world Dark Matters Zine

foregrounding film as a conduit for diaspora reconnection with radical potential African Film Festival

unpacking the notion of creeping normality to reflect upon perennial social and environmental degradation Erode: On Creeping Normality

critiquing the corrosive cycle of consumption and rejecting the affordances of friction-free exchange Vestige/s of Manipulation

Leveraging spatial storytelling to examine the effects of systemic loss on the identity of a community Hazelwood Memorial

analyzing notions of identity and presentation of self in physical realms and virtual contexts Dog Cat Fish