Dr. Miranda Smitheram is a design researcher and artist: making, thinking and responding to hybridity and materiality. Originally from Aotearoa/New Zealand, she is currently Assistant Professor of Material Futures at Concordia University, Canada. Miranda’s research-creation practice is tactile, haptic and embodied, and incorporates ancestral and contemporary methods to work with socio-cultural matter and nonhuman collaborators. Through this, she explores developing new mediated and hybrid materials, to contribute to sustainable, relational and Indigenous futures.

Miranda’s research moves between digital, virtual and physical, with a particular interest in the flux and intersection of these processes. These mediated materials take shape as textile forms, structures and digital artworks that question the interaction and agency of human and nonhuman, place and space in an anthropocentric context.