OTOKRAT: Emine Oktay's Stop-frame Animation.
Graduate project at Wimbledon College of Arts UAL.
OTOKRAT [meaning autocrat/dictator in Turkish] is a stop-frame conclusion of the Paracosm project that Emine Oktay has been working on for the past 5 years. Paracosm serves as a reflection of Emine's mixed heritage; illustrating cultural barriers and how this plays into an individuals' identity. Paracosm was previously made up of illustrations, paintings, scriptures and sculptures; depicting an alternate world of gangly, phallic-headed characters, a scorching red sun and a blistering white moon. This stop-frame animation was an opportunity to translate these static images into motion for the first time.
Five years down the line, OTOKRAT became a means of finding closure from experiences of domestic violence, while also exploring consent, sexuality and a sense of 'belonging'.
Special thanks to the music composer, Sam Harris, and 4D Modelshop for their support.
While I was fortunate enough to create the puppets and sets on campus at Wimbledon UAL, lockdown began just before filming. Despite these circumstances, I was able to bring everything home and turn my living room into a small studio; filming for a total of 4 weeks. So thank you to Jay Green, Jack Perry and Edward Soolia for lending me equipment that allowed me to film from home. Finally, a thank you to Louie Silver, for transporting all of my work home from the campus.
Watch the Vimeo Screening of OTORAT below:
The Making Process:
Short Interview segment within TechArts 2020 Spotlight Series: