Handmade film animation: a haptic way of seeing urban space

9:30, Friday 7 May 2021 (30 minutes)
Aristofanis Soulikias, Centre for Sensory Studies, Concordia University, Canada

The present study challenges the dominance of CAD technology in representing the built environment and argues that it has affected the way we see, build and inhabit, in ways that counter important notions of belonging to a place and sensing its intangible and experiential qualities. Meanwhile, computer-generated animation is going through its own crisis as it has saturated the visual modes of expression. Traditional handmade animation techniques have a long history in creating visions about the temporality of the city that go beyond the confines of Cartesian space, into a region where the tangible practice of the animator becomes a sensory-rich experience for the viewer. With its re-emergence thanks to digital capture, handmade animation could claim an important place in the realm of visualizing urban space. As applied methodology, I am currently using my film animation to explore the urban park, as a place where urbanity and nature meet, as one of movement and rest, and as one of constant adaptation and transformation, especially with regard to the latest health crisis and its effects on how citizens use urban parks.

concordia university
INDI PhD student