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My name is Zainab Aliyu (f.k.a. zai) ꩜ like and I am a cultural worker living in occupied Lenapehoking. My work is about the material affect of the "immaterial"; I contextualize the cybernetic and temporal entanglement embedded within societal dynamics to understand how all sociotechnological systems of control are interconnected, and how we are all implicated through time. I often dream, experiment and inquire through built virtual environments, printed matter, video, archives, writing, installation and community-participatory (un)learning. more...

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future engagements

public reading of The Dictionary of Dark Matters on Montez Press Radio [New York, NY internet] (Jan 2021)

present engagements

creating 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)

past engagements

contributed thoughts on mutual histories and knowledge assemblages for are.na's yearly publication, are.na annual [print] (Dec 2020)

Guest critic for "_____ in residence" residency program at Babycastles [New York, NY internet] (Dec 2020)

self-published The Dictionary of Dark Matters, a collaborative people's dictionary on surveillance, racial capitalism and technology [print] (Oct 2020)

co-organized and assisted teaching for Dark Matters: On Blackness, Surveillance and the Whiteness of the Screen at the School for Poetic Computation, with American Artist [New York, NY internet] (May 2020 — July 2020)

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

Collaborated 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 [internet] (March 2020 — May 2020)

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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 Cloud9.support

interrogating 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

exploring the intersections of code, design, hardware and critical theory School for Poetic Computation

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