—O|
—O| is a triptych of abstract animation loops. This work takes inspiration from Wayuu patterns and transposes them into a contemporary moving image context. A forever-expanding, mandalic circular structure, symbolising the universe, is flanked on one side by moving vertical patterns which stand for rain, growth and life, and on the other side by horizontal patterns, symbolising earth, drought, and death.

—O|

AWARDS
- Special Mention (Installations Category), Videomedeja, Serbia, 2015

SCREENINGS AND EXHIBITIONS
- Animae Caribe, Port of Spain, Trinidad, 24-29 Oct 2016
- Animatou Festival, Geneva, Switzerland, 6-15 Oct 2016
- Supernova Outdoor Digital Animation and Art Festival, Denver, Colorado, USA, 24 Sep 2016
- Insomnia Festival, Yukhnovsky District, Kaluga Oblast, Russia, 14-17 Jul 2016
- 12th International Short Film Festival Detmold, Detmold, Germany, 7-13 Jul 2016
- Animax Skopje Fest, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia, 5-8 Nov 2015
- Videomedeja, MOCA, Novi Sad, Serbia, 23-25 Oct 2015
- Sala Multimedia, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo del Zulia, Maracaibo, Venezuela, 19 Sep - 27 Nov 2015 (supported by British Council Venezuela)
- Animation Goes MSU, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia, 26 May - 14 Jun 2015
- Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela, 18-21 Sep 2014 (preview)

CREDITS

Directed by Max Hattler.
Sound by Abilio Salmerón, Edgar Moreno and Max Hattler.
Animation by Carlos Burgos, Maria Coello, Mariely Gonzalez Barboza (—); Erich Gordon, Gabriela De Atouguia, Eduardo Gonzalez (O), Hexi Murillo, Carlos D. Fuentes, Wilbert Ontiveros, Holrich Jacques (|); and Max Hattler.
Produced by Max Hattler in association with British Council Venezuela.
Thanks to Gabriela Aguilar, Norah Borrero, Andreina Gomez, Auramarina Lazarde and Gary Thomas.

Available formats (HD digital files):
  • single-channel film festival version
  • 3-screen looping video installation version
Year: 2015


WHAT OTHERS HAVE SAID
"Max delivered an experimental animation workshop titled Wayuumation. It owes its name to the artistic and symbolic work of the Wayuu people from the Guajira region of Venezuela. While researching for his visit to Venezuela, the artist became engrossed in Wayuu patterns and their symbolism. Being in his work oriented towards to the use of patterning and abstraction in moving image and sound, Wayuu provided a technical-aesthetic angle, while grounding the workshop within cultural framework connected to the workshop participants, young Venezuelan animators and sound designers. (...) The collective working process had some important results. One was the encounter among participants, who came from different backgrounds and did not know each other beforehand. Attending the workshop and collaborating as a team gave the participants the opportunity to connect to others with shared professional interests, exchange knowledge, and learn from each other. Another marked outcome is the resulting audiovisual work itself. —O| will be exhibited in Venezuela after the post-production stage is completed." British Council Venezuela, 2014

"Este trabajo de videoarte es una colaboración entre el artista Max Hattler y un grupo de 10 animadores y 2 diseñadores de sonido venezolanos. La pieza está inspirada en los llamativos y simbólicos patrones Wayúu de la Guajira venezolana, que dejaron absorto al artista durante la investigación que realizó previa a su viaje a Venezuela. Max Hattler es un artista audiovisual cuyo trabajo, basado en patrones, abstracciones y reflejos de imágenes (mirroring), juega con elementos reconocibles para crear obras abstractas. El nombre de la pieza, abstracto en sí mismo, simboliza las tres partes que conforman este tríptico de videoarte. Una vez en la sala, el público podrá observar los loops infinitos proyectados al mismo tiempo en tres de las paredes de la misma, y podrá escuchar conjuntamente los sonidos que, al ser superpuestos, crean la atmósfera diseñada para este trabajo. Estando en el centro de la sala, el espectador puede sentirse dentro de la pieza, envuelto por ella." British Council Venezuela, 2014
 


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