My name is Aleksandr, and I’m an artist from the Russian Federation. I have an MA in Graphic design and ten years of professional experience in the game industry as a concept designer. I feel a burning intention of expressing my vision and perception of our holistic reality, and I can’t find a better tool for that than animation.
You stated that "Art is a form of self-recognition", then, Would it be yourself portraying the Director who by shouting "cut" finishes the film? In other words, Would it be you watching yourself?
I would say the whole point of art for me is to meet that director, who’s watching himself. Through art, I meticulously explore and study the world around me, the world inside me, and then try to process what I saw through expressing it on paper or through stories. The whole process is self-recognition.
Does the surreal desert represent something real or is it just the freely abstract symbolism of surrealism?
Everything wrecked is being covered with dust. If I imagine a place that only left, that would be a dessert.
Would it be right to say that your film is a film -or play- within a film?
The character inside the film sees all the same decorations, but they seemed to be natural for him because any film is a complete dream. It exists on its own. Still, when he manages to extract himself from his “reality,” he finds himself as a spectator in a play. And a play is something that is happening at the moment. Spectators, actors, and decorations exist in one moment and place, and then the dream of a story appears. It’s like a higher dimension of film (the character’s) reality.
The aesthetics of the animation is just amazing, Could you recognize any particular source of inspiration for it?
For a long time, Egon Shiele has been the primary source of inspiration for me. He opened a spiky gate to the world of expressionism – language that I understand the most. As if for the animation, I can’t say anyone particular, but I watch and consume as much as possible, and something is coming up out of it.