American Cyborg

Art, Nature, Machine Collective

About the Collective

Our goal is to use technology to get closer to nature, rather than farther away. We aren't afraid to use screens, but we also like to get our hands dirty.

There are four aspects to American Cyborg that each serve to inform and support the others:
Big Cypress
Sports Club
Rookery
Media Archiving
Excelsior!
Publishing
Peridot Green
Art Salon

Each of our projects has a Routebook to track our progress, and a Cascading Style Guide to build a cohesive aesthetic. We have a bird to represent each team. The Ten Knots, below the birds, are a list of basic principals made by marrying Ten Bullets with Cyborg Manifesto.

Bluebird

Laura B. Greig registered American Cyborg as a website in 2010, and incorporated as a Data Processing LLC in the State of New York on May 24th, 2017. The idea began as a lecture Laura gave at UC Berkeley on the current state of animal-human-machine hybrids, framed around Donna Haraway's Cyborg Manifesto. She writes for Excelsior!, hosts Peridot Green salons, drives and paddles for Big Cypress, and serves as Rookery's Chief Information Officer.

Albatross

Justin P. Cooper made American Cyborg a collective in 2015. He reads, writes, and travels for a living. He writes short stories for Excelsior! and fictionalized catalogs for Peridot Green, drives and paddles for Big Cypress.

Finch

Elizabeth A. Watkins joined the collective in 2016. She is currently pursuing a PhD from Columbia University, researching the way organizations use online communication and security. She writes for Excelsior! and Peridot Green, drives for Big Cypress, and will serve as Rookery's Chief Research Officer.

Starling

Ashley M. Koenen joined in 2016, and became our first full-time employee in 2018. She is a lawyer who has focused on bankruptcy cases, and serves as Rookery's Chief Organization Officer.

Condor

Joseph P. Moore joined in 2017. His art focuses on animal-human-machine interaction, and he will serve as Rookery's Chief Technology Officer.

Cardinal

Bryan M. Wilson joined in 2015, curating our first Peridot Green salon. His art focuses on ritual, glass and materiality. In 2017, he began giving us shamanistic consulting on Rookery.

Owls

The Owls joined in 2015, and they are a group of artists (Ben K. Voss — illustrator of our bird icons, Christina Van Der Merwe, Midge Wattles, Emily Nora O'Neil, Alex Baker, Beatrice Bring) who focus on an earthly, witchy practice. Their work includes handmade textiles and cosmetics, home cooking and crafting. They are regular contributors to Peridot Green and Big Cypress.

Ten Knots

(after Tom Sachs & Donna Haraway)

1. Sacred Space

Remember the Human
Sun Salutation (Surya Namaskar)
Ocean Breath (Ujjayi)

2. Magic Circle

Follow the Rules
Make it Fun
Represent the Team

3. Cascading Style Guide

Past, Present & Future
Contextual Awareness
Cohesive Bond

4. File to Code

Archive is Our Temple
Index is Our Map
Know Our Tools

5. Always Be Annotating

Add Aura to Paper
Metadata for the Machine
Comment Your Code

6. Over & Out

Sent Does Not Mean Received
Address all Points
Finish Open Threads

7. Do No Harm

To Yourself
To Our Team
To Our Planet

8. Be Patient

Measure Twice, Cut Once
Know Yourself
Learn to See Slow Growth

9. Be Thankful

To New York
To Technology
To Ourselves

10. Reset

Resolve Problems
Logout
Remember the Human