An award-winning filmmaker and cinematographer, Mairi is currently a senior lecturer in Digital Design at Auckland University of Technology and a PhD candidate at the Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland.
Her practice-led research has broken away from traditional flat screen aspect ratios, using PanOptica software to create ultra-widescreen (48:9) moving images for her installation Common Ground. It highlighted commonalities between her Scottish ancestors and the indigenous Māori of Aotearoa New Zealand.
In her PhD thesis common/room, working with Māori and immigrants, she uses 3D/360° image-capture and XR at dining tables that serve as urban commons.