Zainab "Zai" Aliyu is an artist and cultural worker living in Occupied Lenapehoking (Brooklyn, New York, USA). Her work is about the material affect of the "immaterial." She contextualizes 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. She often dreams, experiments and inquires through built virtual environments, printed matter, video, archives, writing, installation and community-participatory (un)learning. Zai is currently a co-director of the School for Poetic Computation, a 2022 fellow at NYU Tisch's Future Imagination Collaboratory, directing design for the African Film Festival at the Film at Lincoln Center in NYC, and is tending to her creative practice at a collective studio warehouse named Soft Surplus.