Image description: A portrait of Neta Bomani stylized in halftone and colored in chroma key blue.

Neta Bomani

Neta Bomani is a worker who engages in visual storytelling, direct action and (anti) art practices through organizing and making archives, writings, prints, zines, circuits and workshops. Neta's work has materialized as an organizer of the Tech Zine Fair, an organizer of the School for Poetic Computation, a member of Stephanie Dinkins Studio and a participator in grassroots organizing against prisons and borders in New York City and beyond.

Archive

Out of the Black Box

Bomani McClendon (right) and Neta Bomani (left) in front of a bookshelf at Piooner Books.

Bomani McClendon (right) and Neta Bomani (left) in front of a bookshelf at Piooner Books. Photo by Walter Wlodarczyk.

Out of the Black Box (OBB) was a summer workshop series that aimed to help children in grades 2-5 to uncover the magical logic of computation through arts and crafts. Together we built electronic circuits by making sculptures with conductive clay, letters with voice recording modules, and drawings with robots. The activities in this workshop series were designed to encourage participants to produce collaborative works with their peers–emphasizing skills such as teamwork, compromise, and communication. Participants left this workshop series with a basic understanding of electronic circuitry and a deepened exposure to multimedia art-making practices.

Bomani McClendon helping a group of kids with their letter which includes voice recording circuit. P

Bomani McClendon helping a group of kids with their letter which includes a voice recording circuit. Photo by Walter Wlodarczyk.

OBB is inspired by the 90s children’s TV show Out of The Box. In Out of the Box, teachers Tony and Vivian lead a community of children through interesting arts and crafts activities, while also instilling values about friendship, communication, and relationship-building. We aimed to create a similar environment for values-based exposure to art-making by extending our focus to be inclusive of STEAM education. OBB was taught by Bomani McClendon and Neta Bomani for the Pioneer Works 2019 Miccio Summer Camp. View the OBB curriculum here.