Aristofanis Soulikias is a doctoral candidate in the Individualized Program (INDI), where he brings together his experiences as an architect and his skills and training in film animation. His research-creation study is centred on the relatively unexplored area of architectural representation through artisanal animation techniques that involve the handmade, and more specifically, on how the physicality and atmosphere of the city can be sensed, understood and communicated though bodily ways of making film animation.
He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from McGill University, a Master of Arts in building conservation studies from the University of York and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia. It was during his time at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia that he created the animated documentary, Last Dance on the Main, which was selected as one of Canada’s Top 10 at the Toronto International Film Festival’s. His research is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and he was awarded the prestigious Jorisch Family Artist Residency in Salzburg, Austria, in 2019.