Max Hattler

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Max Hattler
Maxhattler norikookaku liveperformance 2010.jpg
Max Hattler (left) with Noriko Okaku, 2010
Born (1976-02-02) 2 February 1976 (age 39)
Ulm, West Germany
Occupation artist, video artist, experimental filmmaker, audiovisual artist, animator

Max Hattler is a German video artist and experimental filmmaker. He created the kaleidoscopic political short films "Collision" (2005) and "Spin" (2010), abstract stop motion works "Shift" (2012) and "AANAATT" (2008), and psychedelic animation loops "Sync", "1923 aka Heaven" and "1925 aka Hell" (2010).


Max Hattler was born in Ulm, Germany. He is the son of Hellmut Hattler, a German bass player mainly known for his Krautrock band Kraan. Max Hattler holds a BA from Goldsmiths (2001), a Master of Arts in Animation from the Royal College of Art (2005).[1]

Hattler's work has been described in the following terms: "Max Hattler works on the thin line between abstraction and figuration, being able sometimes to create powerful political statements while eschewing the traditional constraints of narrative, choosing a poetics of implication over the mere construction of a discourse."[2]

Hattler has exhibited internationally at museums and galleries including Erarta,[3] Tate Britain,[4] Pinakothek der Moderne,[5] Tenderpixel[6] (London), Lumen Eclipse[7] (Cambridge, Massachusetts), MoCA Taipei, Exploratorium, Gasworks Gallery,[8] Art Below, Fries Museum,[9] and Yota Space, Asifakeil.[10]

Besides his work in abstract animation, Hattler also works in the field of audiovisual performance.[11][12]


  • Best Commissioned Film for "Stop the Show" at Bradford Animation Festival, UK, 2014.[13]
  • Visual Music Award (First Prize) for "A Very Large Increase in the Size, Amount, or Importance of Something Over a Very Short Period of Time", Gelnhausen, Germany, 2014.[14]
  • Visual Music Award (Special Mention) for "Amnesty International: Stop the Show (aka WAR)", Gelnhausen, Germany, 2014.[15]
  • Bronze Design Lion for "Amnesty International: Stop the Show (aka WAR)" at Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, France, 2013.[16]
  • First Prize for "Shift" at Premio Simona Gesmundo, Cetraro, Italy, 2012.[17]
  • Award for Best Experimental Film for "Shift" at TOFUZI Animation Festival in Batumi, Georgia, 2012.[18]
  • Visual Music Award (Special Prize) for "Sync", Frankfurt, Germany, 2011.[19]
  • Visual Music Award (First Prize) for "AANAATT", Frankfurt, Germany, 2010.[20]
  • Prädikat Wertvoll for "Collision" by Filmbewertungsstelle Wiesbaden, Germany, 2008.[21]



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  2. ^ "Max Hattler", in: Hilda Magazine,
  3. ^ Erarta: Multivision video installation group exhibition, 11/2012
  4. ^ Assembly: Composite II, Tate Britain Part of the series Assembly: A survey of recent artists’ film and video in Britain 2008–2013, 03/2014
  5. ^ Schaustelle: Max Hattler. Selected Works Solo Exhibition, 06/2013
  6. ^ Tenderpixel: Max Hattler 'Shift' Solo Exhibition, 03-04/2012
  7. ^ Lumen Eclipse: Max Hattler Solo Exhibition, 04-06/2010
  8. ^ Gasworks: Blink 07-08/2006
  9. ^ Fries Museum: Max Hattler – Landscape of Human Existence Solo Exhibition, 09/2007
  10. ^ Asifakeil: Transform – Max Hattler & Noriko Okaku Two-person exhibition, 05-06/2011
  11. ^ documentation of live a/v performances on Hattler's website.
  12. ^ Cimatics agency – Max Hattler
  13. ^ "Stop the Show" wins at Bradford Animation Festival 2014
  14. ^ Visual Music Award 2014 First Prize for "A Very Large Increase in the Size, Amount, or Importance of Something Over a Very Short Period of Time"
  15. ^ Visual Music Award 2014 Special Mention for "Amnesty International: Stop the Show (aka WAR)"
  16. ^ "Amnesty International – Stop the Show (aka WAR)" at Cannes Lions 2013
  17. ^ "Shift" First Prize at Premio Simona Gesmundo, 2012
  18. ^ Best Experimental Film for "Shift" at TOFUZI, 2012
  19. ^ "Sync" Visual Music Award Special Prize 2011
  20. ^ "AANAATT" First Prize Visual Music Award 2010
  21. ^ "Collision" Prädikat Wertvoll Filmbewertungsstelle Wiesbaden, Germany

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