Muqeem Khan or Hakeem Muqeem Mursaleen (recognized by the Pakistani Government as Pride of Pakistan) is a transdisciplinary scientist, who has received official knowledge in a variety of fields. He's been attempting to address and comprehend ontological and epistemological concepts relating to a variety of disciplines and the people who work in them. He was the first Pakistani to work in the Hollywood visual effects (VFX) industry in 1996. His motion picture credits with Walt Disney and Square USA include Deep Rising, George of the Jungle, Flubber, Armageddon, and Final Fantasy. He graduated from Ohio State University with a bachelor's degree in interior design and a master's degree in industrial design, and he is currently pursuing his Interdisciplinary PhD at Charles Sturt University in Australia. He believes that a creative individual should be searching, isolating, managing, and manipulating the methodologies of multiple pieces of knowledge. Through Speculative and Critical Design, he is currently researching Digital Intangible Heritage (DIH).
"Art" is an expression, self-realization, or interpretation of surroundings while "Design", according to Muqeem, is a discipline or paradigm for solving issues, challenges, and impediments in the physical world. It is a purposeful, systematic, and creative activity, and to be a designer, one must be an artist. As a result of the globalization and fragmentation of numerous disciplines throughout the world, he believes that design is difficult to describe and that designers should learn to attach and detach their designerly identity in order to engage with different disciplines to solve problems and imagine solutions. The domain of "Film" is an amazing mosaic of condensed or stretched time and "Music" is an ordered manner of perceiving an auditory sensation. He believes that "Art/design" is when we organize our thoughts and perceptions, while "music" is when we organize our auditory senses. "Technology" is just a ubiquitous transporter of human evolution.
In his research, he is focusing on the continuity of cultural knowledge by proposing a new model for access to indigenous methodologies, particularly non-codified or traditional knowledge such as Pulse Diagnosis. Specifically, he is creating, documenting, transmitting, and archiving the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) through technologies, such as Virtual/Augmented/Extended realities. For him, heritage is a verb rather than a noun, and intangible heritage, such as music, language, dances, poetry, cultural festive events, and so on, are the keys to unlocking the culture or community's hidden treasures.
He believes that non-physical forms of heritage embodiments, with their objective and subjective personalities, will benefit future generations and cultural identities. Innovative use of emerging interactive technologies, participation of indigenous communities/agency of the cultural entity, and consistent preservation of contemporary cultural manifestations will preserve and perpetuate the cultural identity of future generations. He believes that the Internet may be viewed as a massive distributed media database, and that big data, artificial intelligence, and emerging interaction design will alter the paradigm of future museums and memory institutions as a result.
Aside from teaching design, animation and emerging technologies courses at Virginia Commonwealth University and Northwestern University in Qatar, Khan has predominantly been teaching 2D/3D animation classes, design research, and visual aesthetics for over 18 years in the Arabian Gulf region and Pakistan. He is the son of the famous Hakeem/Herbalist, Hakeem Mursaleen, and also practices Tibb-Unani as Hakeem Muqeem Mursaleen with his pulse reading knowledge and experiences in Pakistan. See his mixed reality experimentations, “Playful Technology to Keep Cultural Heritage Alive,” at the TED Summit.
He is a Government of Pakistan-certified and recognised Hakeem/Herbal Physician. He has two clinics in Karachi, Pakistan, where he practices Tibb-e-Unani and Pulse Diagnosis.
He held tenure-track positions in American and Pakistani universities for nearly 20 years. He has a BS and an MA in Industrial Design, and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Design.
As a Visual Effect Artist, he also worked for Walt Disney and Square USA on George of the Jungle, Flubber, Armageddon, Deep Rising, and Final Fantasy. He has experience working in a variety of creative businesses around the world.
He plays Tabla and jams with various musicians around the world. Percussion is an auditory pleasure for him, as it predicts an unknown stimulus in a fraction of a second. It is created by strong and weak melodic and harmonic beats.