Mikhail Maksimov explores the mapping of potential realities. Using video game programming techniques like simulations and 3D animation, he creates scenarios in which he puts ideological and philosophical theories to work, a testing of possible worlds.

Taking the digital interface as a mediator between producer and consumer, Maksimov uses ‘transmedia storytelling’, a form of narrative-making that develops across formats, from film to installation to smartphone apps. For Maksimov, if reality serves as a model for gaming, animation and interactive artworks could also be used to influence reality.

Alongside mysticism, theosophy and pop culture, Maksimov’s interests include gravity, railroad transport, and forensics. His videos contain a sub-narrative detailing sophisticated systems of movement and infrastructure, that serve as metaphors for the logics of political machinations, human life cycles, and entire ecologies of thought. These preoccupations are part of a broad inquiry into the world around us: “It’s interesting to excerpt the chunks, the concentration of life and kind of hold it in your hands, examine it.”

Lives:Moscow, Russia

Graduated at Moscow State Construction University and Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia. participant of exhibitions and festivals including 3-th, 4-th, 5-th Moscow Modern Art Biennale, New Horizons International Film Festival, Wrozlaw, Poland, 36th Moscow International Film Festival (2014), European biennial of contemporary art Manifesta 10, (2014), 71th Locarno Film Festival (2018), 35th Hamburg Kurz Film Festival (2019), Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art (2020), 17th Venice Architecture Biennale (2021), Art for the Future Biennale (2022), DA Z festival, Zurich, Switzerland (2022)

Selected exhibitions: 

  • DAZ Digital Art Zurich Festival, Zurich (2022)
  • Art for the future International Biennial, MaMM, Moscow, Russia(2022)
  • Radical Gaming. Immersion Simulation Subversion at HEK (Haus der Elektronischen Künste)(Basel, Switzerland)(2021)
  • 17th Venice Architecture Biennale (2021)
  • Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art (2020)
  • 35th Hamburg Kurz Film Festival (2019)
  • 71th Locarno Festival, Parti Di Domani, International Competition,Switzerland(2018)
  • International Festival of Cinematographic Debuts “Spirit of fire”(first prize), (2018)
  • Hosting the Inhuman, Epicircle, V.A.C. Foundation,Moscow,  (2017)
  • Burning News, London, England, Hayward Gallery,(2014)
  • Manifesta 10, Saint Petersburg,(2014)

Awards: International Festival of Cinematographic Debuts “Spirit of fire” (Golden Taiga for the best short film)(2018), 14th Kansk Video Festival (2015, Best Russian Short winner), Festival of Ultrashort Video (Moscow) 2014 – First Prize.