Zainab Aliyu ("Zai") is a Nigerian-American cultural worker based in New York. Her work interrogates the cybernetic and temporal entanglement embedded within societal dynamics to reveal that not only are all sociotechnological systems of hegemony interconnected, but that we are all implicated through time. She often practices through installations, videos, virtual environments, archives, writings, printed matter and community-participatory (de)programming.

recent engagements Self-publishing The Dictionary of Dark Matters a collaborative people's dictionary on surveillance, race and interfaces · 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 · Co-organizing learning around the intersections of code, art, hardware and the critical theory of technology at the School for Poetic Computation recent listens Crow And A Baby - 2003 Digital Remaster — The Human League (7 days ago) elsewhere E-mail
Curriculum Vitae

2017 Carnegie Mellon University, BFA with Honors, Communication Design & Human-Computer Interaction

Panels, Workshops & Talks

2020 "Dark Matters: On Blackness, Surveillance and the Whiteness of the Screen," School for Poetic Computation, Online [Co-organizer, Teaching Assistant]

2020 "Major Studio, MFA Design & Technology," Parsons, The New School, Online [Guest Critic]

2020 "LA Art Book Fair" Printed Matter, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles, CA [Workshop Facilitator]

2020 "Common Field Houston Convening" Common Field, Houston, TX [Speaker]

2020 "Dark Spirals: Schematics for Collective Sense-Making, Learning and Dreaming (001: FESTAC'77)," The Africa Center, New York, NY [Co-organizer and Workshop Facilitator]

2020 "Critical Theory Retrospective" School for Poetic Computation, New York, NY [Co-organizer]

2020 "Mathematics as a Religious Experience" School for Poetic Computation, New York, NY [Co-organizer]

2019 "Meet the Students of Fall 2019" School for Poetic Computation, New York, NY [Speaker]

2019 "Diversity in Tech Panel: On Ethical Design" Microsoft x HackFest, New York, NY [Panelist]

2019 "The Future of Community Healing for Women of Color" SXSW, Austin, TX [Speaker]

2019 "Black Solidarity Conference" Yale University, New Haven, CT [Facilitator]

2019 "In Convo with Collectives" Powrplnt, Brooklyn, NY [Panelist]

2019 "Transcending Time: Open Research Studio" Powrplnt, Brooklyn, NY [Facilitator]

2018 "The Hack That Made ___," University of Southern California - Iovine & Young Academy, Los Angeles, CA [Lecturer]

2018 "Intro to Visual Design Workshop," University of Southern California - Iovine & Young Academy, Los Angeles, CA [Facilitator]

Group Exhibitions

2020 "7 Years of Poetic Computation" School for Poetic Computation, New York, NY [Co-Curator]

2019 "SFPC Showcase" School for Poetic Computation, New York, NY

2018 "Our Stories: Returning Home" Junior High Gallery, Los Angeles, CA [Co-Curator]

2017 "I Live, We Live: What Did We Miss?" Center of Life, Pittsburgh, PA

2017 "Power and The Soul" The Frame Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

2016 "F.O.C.U.S. Friends Only Cause Ugly Sketches" Miller ICA, Pittsburgh, PA

2016 "Lunar Gala: Strain" Carnegie Mellon University Lunar Gala, Pittsburgh, PA

writing & publications

2020 "The Dictionary of Dark Matters" Self-Published [Forthcoming]

2020 "Dog Cat Fish: An Anthology on Identity and Presentation of Self in Physical Realms and Virtual Contexts" Self-Published [Forthcoming]

2020 "And We Built a Whole Village: Intergenerational Conversation on FESTAC '77" Self-Published [Forthcoming]

2020 "The Black Trauma Must Be Healed: A Manifesto" Self-Published [Printed Matter Art Book Fair — Los Angeles, CA]

2019 "Death as a Moment of Radical Continuity" School For Poetic Computation [Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) — New York, NY, School For Poetic Computation — New York, NY]

2019 "Imaginary Numbers: On Unjust Equations and the Negation of Blackness" Self-Published [Tiny Tech Zines — Los Angeles, CA]

2016 "Golden Child — Gilded Child" Self-Published [Miller ICA — Pittsburgh, PA]

residencies & fellowships

2019 SFPC Fall Immersive, School for Poetic Computation, New York, NY

2019 Powrplnt Winter Residency: Black Girl Magik, Powrplnt, Brooklyn, NY

2018 Design Fellowship, Betti Ono Gallery, Oakland, CA

grants & awards

2019 100 Women List of 2019, OkayAfrica

2016 Lee Goldman Scholarship Award, Carnegie Mellon School of Design

2016 Students to Watch, Graphic Design USA

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