Maxim Zhestkov

“There are no real-world limitations on imagination”

Maxim Zhestkov defends that are no limits for imagination and creativity. His projects are full of magic, illusion, volume and have the ability for instances change color and blending into their surroundings. Like a wave of shiny balls rapidly changes color in bursts of bubblegum blue and pink before switching back as the mass tumbles.

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Maxim’s films are a series of hypnotic visual experiments where unidentified substances moving and morph, sticking together and pulling apart at the whim of an invisible force. You can be amusing and satisfied only by watching the films, the sensations he creates on the films inspire and familiar, like the feeling of a fridge door sucking closed, pouring vinegar into a pool of olive oil or pressing your hand into a pinscreen to leave an impression.

Each film is set within a room he designs, drawing on his background studying architecture. “I really wanted to be an architect but later understood that I’m not the right person for an extremely long project with deep engineering and other technical sides to it,” he says.

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The rooms he used look like a lab or a gallery where the experiments or moving installations take place. Fluorescent bulbs or skylights provide the light source in stark white or black computer generated rooms. He often fools people into thinking they’re real places.

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