Elements, an experimental art film by Maxim Zhestkov, follows more than two billion spheres in black and white through a series of experiments in several closed spaces. Throughout the film, the particles swarm through different white rooms, each labeled with a subtle wall text that broadly defines the physics of each animation, such as flow, diffusion and pressure. With a range of surprisingly hollow tones, Elements aims to express the laws of nature and mathematics, visually representing the composition of the particles found in each one of us.
“The film is a test to explore the idea that everything that surrounds us and within us is made up of simple elements or blocks that can be organized into complex relationships and become composite structures,” says Zhestkov. “We could project this idea into emotions, behaviors, thought processes, relationships, life, planets and the universe.”
Zhestkov is a visual artist and motion designer based in Russia who works in animation, design and cinematography. You can see more of his projects and illustrations of short films in his Vimeo and Behance.