Dr Haider Ali Akmal



Design Catalog ++
Research

  1. Uncanny AI
  2. Tarot of Things
  3. The Internet of Things Board Game
  4. Spatial Model for IoT
  5. Empathy Engine
  6. Urban Essence
Practice
  1. Orient Smart
  2. Halton Mill
  3. Muse Talent
  4. UN70th
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Art Catalog ++
Vignettes
  1. This tiny garden that I tend
  2. Specimens
  3. Whispers
  4. Nostalgia Disturbia
  5. Back & Forth
  6. Taboos
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Writing Catalog ++
  1. In blind sight
  2. My beef with Apple︎︎︎
  3. A Philosophy of Malfunction︎︎︎
  4. The weight of starlight︎︎︎
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Haider is a designer, artist, and researcher exploring the intricacies of more-than-human presents and futures for art, design, and technology.

I acknowlege the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land where I work and live. I pay my respects to Elders past, present and emerging. I celebrate the stories, culture and traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders of all communities who also work and live on this land.
Mark

Remembering Resistance

Cataloging a 100 years of women’s protests in Northern England



Background

As a research assistant during my PhD I worked on the Remembering Resistance︎︎︎ project with Dr Christopher Boyko︎︎︎ from Lancaster’s Imagination Lab and Dr Sarah Marsden︎︎︎ from the University of St Andrews. The project explored women's changing relationship with protest, power, and place to highlight powerful stories of resistance that inspire change.

Major Contribution

Tasked alongside Yujia Huang︎︎︎ to curate collected data throughout the project for an exhibition in the Millennium Gallery Sheffield︎︎︎, this work required a close attention to understanding the best means for visualising such a large amount of data alongside wayfinding in the provided space. As research assistants we curated this exhibit and designed supporting material based off or using the collected research material and artefacts from the project. The unique limitations of the space meant careful appropriations and decisions had to be made.


Poster designed for exhibition

Timeline Visualisation

The project had been collecting data spanning the last 100 years which became a challenge to represent in a unified manner. The timeline designed for this purpose presented the data categorised and spread out like DNA fragments to reflect the sentiments of power and place within society as a foundational element for change. The timeline was later incorporated in the project website as part of the Virtual Museum︎︎︎ experience.

Visualising 100 years of women’s activisim in the North of England.

Protest Walk

As this exhibit was intended to highlight the sense of power and place a large part of the experience was designing a larger than life protest walk. All images used throughout the curation was from collected resources during the project. The protest walk was printed on perforated fabric and hung at the entrance, visitors were encouraged to be part of the protest and walk along/through the fabric protestors. This piece became a highlight of the exhibit and was later brought to Lancaster University as a rotating exhibit of research representing Lancaster's Institute of the Contemporary Arts.


The protest walk was designed to be an emersive experience for visitors.

Interactivity

Along with the timeline interactive elements were incorporated into the exhibition. The project required a means to present hours of oral histories that were collected as part of the research. To do this interactive points were designed as tablet applications with purpose built housings. These audio points brought about a means for visitors to hear first hand from the activists their experiences and their lives. These oral histories are presented as part of the projects Virtual Museum︎︎︎ experience. A second means was of engaging visitors through a talking board and interactive area for learning about activisim and power.


Views from the exhibition.



Researcher(s)
Haider Ali Akmal
Yujia Huang

Affiliated Project(s)
Remembering Resistance︎︎︎