Max Hattler

Max Hattler (born Germany, 1976) currently lives and works in London, UK.

He received a BA from Goldsmiths, University of London (London, UK) in 2001 and an MA from the Royal College of Art (London, UK) in 2005.

Hattler has received numerous awards internationally, including Best Animated Music Film, Animafrik, 3rd International African Animation Festival Accra-Ghana (Accra, Ghana) in 2011, Best Audiovisual Performance, International Videofestival Bochum (Bochum, Germany) in 2010, and the LUX Award for Best Experimental Film, London Short Film Festival (London, UK) in 2006.

He has been included in the European Media Art Festival (Osnabrueck, Germany) in 2012, the Hackney Film Festival (London, UK) in 2011, and the International Short Film Festival Leuven (Leuven, Belgium) in 2009.

Hattler has had solo exhibitions at TENDERPIXEL (London, UK) in 2012, Lumen Eclipse (Somerville, USA) in 2010, and The Fries Museum (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands) in 2007.

He has been included in group exhibitions at the Örnsköldsvik Museum and Art Gallery (Örnsköldsvik, Sweden) in 2012, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei (Taipei, Republic of China) in 2011, and at Gasworks (London, UK) in 2006.

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“I am interested in the space between abstraction and figuration, where storytelling is freed from the constraints of traditional narrative. My work contemplates microcosms, moments, and atmospheres: Close-ups as reflections on the big picture, aesthetics as reflections on politics. While my films tend to be without dialogue, they explore the relationship between sound, music and the moving image.

RE:AX, aka films4peace, is a film about mirroring and feedback—abstract patterns and shapes interact with each other, taking us on a journey from disharmony to peace. Conceptually, it's about how violence breeds violence, and love breeds love. Only by turning the other cheek can we bring about change, understanding and peace.”