Here’s What Your Computer Might Look Like if it Were Alive

Tuesday September 10, 2019 Written by James

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There’s something unsettling about Moscow-based artist Maxim Zhestkov’s latest work.

It’s called Computations. Zhestkov designed the installation to mimic what a computer would look like it it came alive and started…moving. Turns out, moving computers are kind of creepy. Particularly this one: pulsing, rippling and undulating with hidden (and, let’s face it, probably sinister) intelligence.

Zhestkov describes Computations as “comprised of billions of particles… thinking machines that visualise, calculate, and communicate through coordinated movement and coloured illumination. Elements rise and fall, with each tiny particle working to create an elegant, emergent whole”. It’s actually thousands and thousands of tiny balls, synched to complicated 3D modelling software.

Looks cool, yes. But geez, you wouldn’t want one in the office.

Computations - Art film by Maxim Zhestkov from Zhestkov on Vimeo.