[Frameworks] Relations and Abstractions - Max Hattler - Saturday DL at Z-Bar

From: Klaus W. Eisenlohr (email suppressed)
Date: Wed Jan 05 2011 - 18:02:00 PST

Directors Lounge Screening at Z-Bar

Saturday, 08 Jan 2011
Relations and Abstractions
Films by
Max Hattler

Bergstraße 2
10115 Berlin-Mitte

Relations and Abstractions - Max Hattler

Max Hattler surprises his audience with the
gripping force of his abstracted images, combined
with sounds he often composes for his own films.
The German media artist and animator lives in
London and has made a real leap into the media
art and festival scene since he graduated from
the Royal College of Art in 2005. A programme of
his films was already presented at Directors
Lounge 2010, and we are happy to present his new
programme this month, prior to our festival in

In Germany, animation is not being considered as
a proper art field, and similar to graphic arts
it is often seen as "angewandte Kunst" i.e.
craftsmanship or applied arts, mostly feeding the
film industry. The field of animation can be
quite broad, from animations from pencil
drawings, paper-cut-outs, stop-motion, 3D
animation, Flash animation and live generated
computer graphics. Max Hattler seems to embrace
them all, and his work could be seen as happy
eclecticism, as post-modern art practice. In
Aanaatt (2008) he is using stop-motion animation,
Drift (2007) is a combination of close-up
photography of skin combined with compositing and
Flash animation, Heaven and Hell (2010) are
computer generated graphic animation loops,
Everything Turns (2004) has been drawn directly
into the computer, and Ladyscraper: Cheese
Burgers (2011) looks like it was made with live
VJ tools.

Looking closer into Max's work, however, we
realize that his art is in no way about
eclecticism or appropriation. The artist does
make his mark with genuine image composition, and
even if his use of different media tools is
astonishingly varied, there is something common
in most of his films, a kind of surplus, or
plenitude that can be almost overwhelming.
Animation, this tedious and time-consuming
technique (also true in the digital age) usually
leads to reduction (unless it is made by big
teams and studios such as Pixar) often resulting
in a kind of artistic beauty of scarcity. Not
with Max Hattler, though! Even if animation
techniques lead him to quite abstracted forms,
they are not abstract. And the reduced,
abstracted forms become symbols again, which
often multiply, break apart in smaller image
units, still animated, and again accumulate,
congregate to larger units, to super-structures.
Amazingly, this often happens with a chuckle, a
political twist or black humour.

We are very much looking forward to this film
night with Max Hattler, who will be available for
Q&A after the show.
(curated by Klaus W. Eisenlohr)

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Klaus W. Eisenlohr, Osnabrücker Str. 25, D-10589 Berlin, Germany
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