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 a critical information studies scholar and a current Postdoctoral Fellow at SIAT’s Making Culture Lab. 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

Postdoctoral Fellow

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

PhD Candidate

Rachel is completing her Ph.D. at Simon Fraser University’s School of Interactive Arts & Technology with a focus on digital anthropology, art, documentary film, virtual reality and sensory-experimental ethnography. She strives to convey culture using interactive, visual, digital and sensory-based mediums (read more in a recent interview). Rachel earned her Master’s degree in Social Anthropology […]

Rachel Ward

PhD Student

I will soon be a PhD student at the School of Interactive Arts + Technology. I hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography and East Asian Studies from New York University, and upon successful defense of my Master’s thesis, I will have earned my MA in Interactive Arts and Technology here at SFU. My […]

Reese Muntean

PhD Student

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

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)

An interdisciplinary scholar, Claude was affiliated with the Making Culture Lab from 2011 to 2016 while she was pursuing doctoral studies at Simon Fraser University’s School of Interactive Arts & Technology. During her PhD program, she learned to use a multisited design approach to study large digital public displays deployed in urban space. Her design research […]

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)