Assistant Professor in Digital Media at the Department of Communication Arts

Aynur Kadir profile pictureDr. Aynur Kadir’s research focuses on practices and theories of design and the study of interactive multimedia in the humanities, ethnographic practices, and museum curation.  She works with local communities in northwest China, in the Pacific Northwest, and in the Six Nation Territories to develop digital media that documents, manages, safeguards, and represents Indigenous cultural heritage.  She is exploring how different new media such as interactive documentaries, virtual museums, digital archive databases, interactive museum guides, video games and artificial intelligence systems can be designed using collaborative participatory methodologies in order to preserve and revitalize cultural heritage and heal collective trauma.

Dr. Kadir’s research interests and applied and pedagogical practice center around larger academic objectives: producing greater multimedia for social justice and decolonizing digital technologies. In her interdisciplinary research program, teaching methodology, and creative work, she highlights community-based methodologies in curatorial and interactive design practice and use of technology. The ultimate goal of her research is to conceptualize the poetics and politics of interactive media in the representation of traditional knowledge, memory and cultural heritage, and contribute to the ethical use of new media through collaboration. Dr. Kadir previous collaborative research includes the Sq’éwlets: A Stó:lo-Coast Salish community in the Fraser River Valley project, AI-generated Anonymity project,  Ethnographic Terminalia multi-media and multi-sited exhibitions, and The Intellectual Property Issues in Cultural Heritage Project .

     In future projects she plans to collaborate with computer scientists on AI-generated anonymization and reactivate archives using AI, gamification in museum and public spaces, as well as exploring the ethical social impact of AI in surveillance and digital authoritarianism.

Recent Exhibitions:

 “qaʔ yəxʷ - water honours us: womxn and waterways,” multi-media exhibition at the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, Vancouver, BC. in Collaboration with Beth Carter and the ReMatriate Collective. April 9 - Oct 10, 2019. Featuring water keeper Audrey Siegl (Musqueam ancestral name sχɬemtəna:t) link.  (2019) About the exhibition Video link;

Húy̓at: Our Voices our Land”, immersive exhibition at the Bill Reid Centre, SFU, Burnaby, in collaboration with Dana Lepofsky, Bryan Myles and Mark Wunsch. (2019)

 Haida Now: A Visual Feast of Innovation and Tradition, in collaboration with Kate Hennessy, Kwiaahwah Jones, Viviane Gosselin at Museum of Vancouver (2018)

Sq’éwlets: A Stó:lo-Coast Salish Community in the Fraser River Valley.” Exhibition. The Chilliwack Museum and Archives, Chilliwack B.C. Nov. 2, 2017 – April 2018. Installation inspired by the Virtual Museum of Canada exhibit of the same name, with photographic installation, touch-screen access, video screening room, and objects. Aynur Kadir is the filmmaker and installation designer, with Kate Hennessy, Dave Schaepe, Chief Clarence Pennier, and Sq’éwlets Advisors.

“Intangible: Memory and Innovation in Coast Salish Art” at the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, Vancouver BC, in collaboration with Sharon Fortney, Beth Carter.(2017)

Collaborative Publications:

Kadir, A., Hennessy, K., Yalcin, O., and DiPaola, S. (2017), “Embodied Interactions with a Sufi Dhikr Ritual: Negotiating Privacy and Transmission of Intangible Cultural Heritage in ‘Virtual Sama’”.  Proceedings of Electronic Visualization and the Arts (EVA), London, June 2017. (LinkReceived Best Paper Award.

Hennessy, K., Lyons, N., Schaepe, D., Blake, M., Phillips, A., Pennier, C., Muntean, R., and Kadir, A. (2018), “Collaborative Digital Curation and Recursive Publics: The Making of Sq’éwlets: A Stó:lō-Coast Salish Community in the Fraser River Valley.” Proceedings of Museums and the Web, 2017, Vancouver: Archives and Museums Informatics (link).

Wong, S., Singhal, S., Neustaedter, C. & Kadir, A. (2017) “Smart Crew: A Smart Watch Design for Collaboration Amongst Flight Attendants,” Proceedings of the Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (CHI 2017). ACM Press (Link)

Lyons, N., Schaepe, D. M., Hennessy, K., Blake, M., Pennier, C., Welch, J. R., Kadir, A . & Hall, L. (2016). “Sharing Deep History as Digital Knowledge: An ontology of the Sq’éwlets Website Project.” Journal of Social Archaeology, 1469605316668451. (Link)

Hennessy, K., Fortin, C., Kadir, A., Muntean, R., Ward, R. (2015)
Producing New Media Ethnographies with a Multi-Sited Approach. Proceedings of ISEA’15: 21st International Symposium for Electronic Arts 2014 (August, 2015, Vancouver B.C.), 8 pages. [pdf]

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University of Waterloo

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