Computations speculates a future when computation moves from the opaque ‘black boxes’ of our laptops and devices out into the world.
Art film, 2019
In the film, Zhestkov boldly envisions these decentralized machines as lush dynamic systems, which he compellingly describes as “floating networks of small transistors—some kind of a strange computing organism.”
The complex systems at the heart of Computations sway and undulate in perfect synchronization. Comprised of billions of particles, they are more than the sum of their parts—they are thinking machines that visualize, calculate, and communicate through coordinated movement and coloured illumination.
Evoking both supercomputers and synaptic structures, the shapeshifting forms are serene and enigmatic. Performing in space, they demonstrate how each tiny element contributes to the construction of an elegant, emergent whole. Particles rise and fall, clusters lock into place, and there is an underlying sense of order governing the ornate spatial choreography.
Graceful and rhythmic in their movement, the systems capture a convergence of biological and technological systems. Spread across space, all the elements are senders and receivers at the same time, self-sufficient yet astoundingly potent when connected with its counterparts.
Sensitive to external impact, they detect every change in their surroundings and analyze them on the spot, transforming humanity's relationship with the information and asserting the computing structures as an independent agent in the environments shared with humans.
The forms are artfully embedded in the architecture—the structures are not simply contained within the spaces, they are merged with the surroundings and continuously interact with them.
The artist imagines this link as the transition from static buildings and infrastructure to the ever-changing and adapting systems that account for the altering needs of their inhabitants. Revealing only the inside of these constructions, Zhestkov leaves the viewer a space for fantasising about how the entire world existing in a paradigm of total connectivity might look.
This amalgamation manifests itself not only as a part of the narrative but also as a way of storytelling: the whole story is told through the unity of architecture, movement, and sound, all meticulously composed by Zhestkov. The deliberate minimalism of Computations is a part of the artist's language, imbued with pure astonishment over the intricacy secreted in habitual.
An exquisite embodiment of a futuristic idea, Computations depicts a scene that might be as well interpreted figuratively. Seen as an abstract representation of contemporary interconnected reality, it is a representation of the information flows passing through our environments at any given moment and an artistic search for the equilibrium between humane and machine.
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