I am an Associate Professor specializing in Media at Simon Fraser University’s School of Interactive Arts and Technology. I am an anthropologist with a PhD in Anthropology from the University of British Columbia and an MA in the Anthropology of Media from the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies. As the director of […]

Dr. Gabriela Aceves Sepúlveda is an interdisciplinary media artist and cultural historian with a research focus on Latin American feminist media and contemporary art and design history and practice. Working at the intersections of video and performance, she uses video and multimedia installations to explore the social, political, and cultural structures that shape our sense […]

  I am an artist and anthropologist with an interdisciplinary PhD from University of Victoria, Canada. Over the past 15 years I have explored relationships between photography as object, image and event, through installation, performance, and in academic research and writing. My artistic and academic practices are platforms to address the significance of photography by […]

Dr. Trudi Lynn Smith


I am an interdisciplinary scholar, ethnographic filmmaker and doctoral researcher at the Making Culture Lab, Simon Fraser University.  I work with local communities in northwest China, and in the Pacific Northwest to develop digital media that document, manage, safeguard, and represent indigenous cultural heritage. I am exploring how different new medium such as documentaries (both […]

Aynur Kadir

Post Doctoral Researcher

Rachel M. Ward is an artist, filmmaker and Ph.D. candidate focusing on digital anthropology, ethnography, time-based art, archives, gender, artistic creation and technological processes. She is currently working as a Research Associate at Small Data Industries in Brooklyn as a recipient of the National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) award. She earned her Master’s degree (M.Sc.) in Social […]

Rachel Ward

PhD Student

Reese Muntean is a PhD student at the School of Interactive Arts & Technology at Simon Fraser University. Her research interests include digital cultural heritage and collaborative development of ethnographic new media projects, as well as tangible computing, 3D scanning, and virtual reality applications for cultural documentation and preservation. Building on her background as a […]

Reese Muntean

PhD Student

I am a critical information studies scholar and was Postdoctoral Fellow at SIAT’s Making Culture Lab (2016-2018). I study the connection between memory, knowledge, culture and technology, and I’m interested in how ethnographic material culture knowledge has been produced and circulated using different recording and documentation technologies through time. My dissertation research, conducted in the Department of […]

Dr. Hannah Turner

Research Associate; Lecturer, University of Leicester. Museum Studies

Tanya Boyanova is an artist and anthropologist with a research focus on historical and contemporary iconography. In the context of contemporary art production, where the uniqueness of an art object is highly revered, the renewed interest in the Eastern Orthodox act of copying icons is of special interest to her. She is intrigued by the […]

Tanya Boyanova

PhD Student

prOphecy sun is an interdisciplinary performance artist and researcher based in Vancouver, BC. Her practice threads together both conscious and unconscious choreographies, sound, and environment to create exploratory works that invoke deep body memory. Over the last ten years, she has been self-releasing music, choreography, compositions, and videos using smartphone technology. She has exhibited and […]

prOphecy sun

PhD Student

I am currently the Interim Director of the Bill Reid Centre for Northwest Coast Studies at SFU, where I am also working on an interdisciplinary PhD that explores the changing relationship between memory institutions and Indigenous peoples. My research interests include Indigenous cultural heritage in digital contexts, visual anthropology, postcolonial studies, and material culture. My […]

Bryan Myles

PhD Student

During my internship at the Making Culture Lab it is my role to assist in designing and building online and offline experiences.

My professional interest is on Design for Debate. I greatly value sharing knowledge and every once in a while I just like to trigger people with new and extraordinary perspective.

Charlotte Wassmer

Exchange Student, Alumna (2016)

I am a 4th year undergraduate student at Simon Fraser University, exploring my love for various forms of media through my Communication and SIAT studies. I’ve always had an interest in the production of video, especially short narrative films. Through my SIAT course with Kate (IAT 344), however, I discovered an interest in the production […]

Justine Crawford

MCL Alumna (FCAT Research Fellow, 2016)

Dr. Claude Fortin | MCL Alumna An interdisciplinary scholar, Claude trained at the Making Culture Lab from 2011 to 2015 when she was undertaking a SSHRC-funded PhD at Simon Fraser University’s School of Interactive Arts & Technology. She later pursued design and aesthetic inquiries on digital urban technologies in two back-to-back F.Q.R.S.C. and SSHRC-funded postdoctoral programs […]

Dr. Claude Fortin

MCL Alumna (PhD 2016)

Irine earned her M.A. from the School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT) at Simon Fraser University in the fall of 2015.  Her thesis analyzes aspects of user experience in the Inuvialuit Living History project (ILH) in context of efforts on reviving traditional sewing practice for making animal skin clothing in Inuvialuit community.  ILH is […]

Irine Prastio

MCL Alumna (MA 2015)