About

Seyed M. Tabatabaei is an Iranian multidisciplinary designer and media content creator based in Montréal. Completed his Master of Design at Concordia University, his recent focus of research/practice has been the medium-specificities of Virtual Reality. His research-creation project Narrative Affordances of Scale in VR: Remediating Traditional Iranian Storytelling won the Hexagram Grant 2019. During his studies at Concordia, he was involved in three different VR research-creation projects as a design consultant, research assistant and Unity developer. Holding a BSc. in Architecture and MFA in Animation, he enjoys interweaving the language of cinema with the interactivity of the game design and spatiality of the architecture within the realm of Mixed-Reality. His short animation Light Sight (2017) was officially selected and screened in more than 300 festivals around the world and won 80 national and international awards. Its accompanied research Plausibility of 3D Characters: Towards a 2nd Uncanny Valley won the Superior MFA Research Award from Art University of Tehran, Department of Cinema & Theatre, 2016. With more than a decade of professional practice in the field of architectural concept design, 3D visualization, film editing and animation in Montréal, Tehran and Dubai, he is currently expanding his critical design experiments in VR and 3D animation with social/cultural dimensions.