The art project was realized in a workshop conducted by artist Antoni Muntadas in Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture 'Lives and Works in Istanbul', Istanbul In-Between and exhibited in Tophane-i Amire in 2010 and Sanat Limani in Istanbul. The project was also part of the PhD thesis of Esen Gokce Ozdamar at the Institute of Science and Technology Architectural Design Programme in Istanbul Technical University and supervised by Prof. Dr. Semra Aydinli. Within the workshop, the author has received three different supports from Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture Visual Arts Directorate and two private construction and material firms in Istanbul.
Between privatization and commodification of land where is the house and Istanbul dweller placed? Okkito aims to explore and negotiate the potential of an imageless and unmediated form of housing in Istanbul through Okkito housing corporation. Okkito corporation is a parody of Toki (Housing Development Administration of Turkey).
Okkito criticizes Toki's not having a social or a grounded philosophy of housing policy and its approach to the liberal network of estate, competing with private and foreign companies for land; its in-between position through reflections in the urban fabric. In the postmodern and slippery context of today, in betweenness is deciphered through reflections of political decisions on urban space and housing policies.
Okkito corporation is therefore a question of articulation of the urbanite through his/her house to the city. It tries to increase public awareness of living in the city and departs from the view that Istanbul dweller knows how to live and construct his/her environment. It puts forward the creative perceiver, or the dweller or instead of the former user.
Okkito is founded on Internet; and also advertised within posters to be hang through several places, kiosks, telephone poles in the city. After the attendance of the audience by contacting the perceivers up to two people or family are chosen with a drawing. Perceivers are given a housing kit in 1/1 dimensions. Each housing kit is a 3,5x 2x 2,3 m (h) house and 50x50 cm additional patches installed on a 150m2 district in Sefakoy, Istanbul. Houses are a7m2 base with a 25m2 land surrounding them consisting of 55m2 membrane facades that are open to intervention.
Through this temporary installation, housing becomes more than a participation issue and transforms into an experimental approach to transdisciplinary methodology.