Connecting particles into mighty flows, Waves is an examination of shifts of energy in complicated systems that lead to the inevitable transformation.
Spatial artwork, 2022
A wave— a disturbance of the established order — encompasses dynamics as an inherent part of our world. Waves bring change, oscillations, and fluctuations, which spread across objects and connect them to entangled networks of all interrelated and continuous events. Inseparable from distortions, they are themselves messages that indicate transformations and shifts.
Waves are primary signals permeating the world and a universal language of nature that underlies both our biological and technological systems. By covering the world with webs of electromagnetic signals, we have expanded our neural systems and can now connect with others able to decipher the coded messages.
Interfering and merging, waves change their nature and — when synchronized — grow and transform into a greater entity with the potential to generate a transformative flux. Connecting particles into mighty flows, Waves is an examination of shifts of energy in complicated systems that lead to the inevitable transformation of those systems.
The only thing certain about our world is that it is changing constantly. Nevertheless, eternal movement includes repetition, and transformation is cyclical. Between extremes of peaks, no path is linear, and every shift echoes across time.
Waves was first presented at W1 Curates in London, celebrating the opening of the new digital art space inside the W1 Curates building. With a work displayed across the facade’s 3 floors of screens and on every wall of the interior, the exhibition is Zhestkov's first immersive experience.
The exhibition lasted for one month, and after that, Waves began its life in other forms. At the end of 2022, the artwork was shown in Seoul as a part of public exhibition on Gwanghwamun Square, the heart of the city.
With several months of planning and production, Waves became one of the largest collaborations between the artist and his medium. Experimenting with digital physics in his work, Zhestkov leaves space for uncertainty and serendipities, and Waves was an example of such cooperation between humans and algorithms, which brought the hypnotising visualisations of change and movement to life.
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