All Rot
Responding to the compositional and aesthetic qualities of abstract expressionism and cameraless animation, All Rot uses photographic reanimation to render the mundane environment of a decaying crazy golf course into a rapturous split-screen experiment in synaesthetic cinema.

All Rot (2015)
- Best Abstract Film, Third Culture Film Festival, Hong Kong, 2016

- On The Road: Young Media Artists in China, City University of Hong Kong, 23 Mar - 19 Apr
- Les Inattendus, Lyon, France, 9-17 Feb

- Over the Real - Festival Internazionale di Videoarte, Viareggio, Italy, 6-10 Dec (Videoformes screening curated by Gabriel Soucheyre)
- KLEX: Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film, Video & Music Festival, Checkmate Creative, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 26 Nov (featured artist talk)
- KLEX, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 25 Nov (Max Hattler Retrospective)
- 56 Moon Animation Festival, Chengdu, China, 11 Nov (Max Hattler solo screening)
- Animation, Experiment #2, New Media Projects, Tehran, Iran, 8 Nov
- International Animated Film Festival Banjaluka, Banja Luka, Bosnia & Herzegovina, 23-28 Oct
- Ars Electronica Festival, Linz, Austria, 7-11 Sep (Max Hattler: In Persona screening)
- KLEX screening, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 26 Aug
- Expo 2017, Astana, Kazakhstan, 14 Jul (Max Hattler Retrospective presented by Visual Music Award and German Pavilion)
- Visual Music Award, Gelnhausen, Germany, 23 Jun
- Expo 2017, Astana, Kazakhstan, 13 Jun (Visual Music Award screening at German Pavilion)
- RIDCH Conference on Digital Art, Design and Advertising, The Open University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 2 Jun (presentation of paper 'Narrative-Abstraction: Abstraction as Narrative in Time-Based Media')
- Cardiff Animation Nights, Cardiff, Wales, UK, 25 May
- Festival International d'Art Video de Casablanca: FIAV, Casablanca, Morocco, 25-29 Apr (REGARDS CROISES curated by Gabriel Soucheyre / VIDEOFORMES)
- Stuttgart Media University, Stuttgart, Germany, 13 Apr (guest lecture)
- Filmfest Dresden International Short Film Festival, Dresden, Germany, 4-9 Apr (Animated: Max Hattler Retrospective)
- Videoformes, Clermont-Ferrand, France, 15-18 Mar
- Mars aux Musees, Matisse Museum, Nice, France, 4 Mar (Un Festival C'est Trop Court screening)
- Animac, Lleida, Catalonia, Spain, 2-5 Mar

- MUMIA, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 1-18 Dec
- Animax Skopje Fest, Cinematheque of Macedonia, Skopje, Macedonia, 1-4 Dec
- Festival Tous Courts, Aix-en-Provence, France, 28 Nov - 3 Dec
- KLEX - Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film & Video Festival, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 25-27 Nov
- InShadow, Lisbon, Portugal, 10 Nov - 11 Dec
- Institute for Media and Communication Studies, University of Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany, 24 Oct ('Animation Art and Video Activism' lecture)
- Spark - KLEX Pre-Festival Party, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 14 Oct
- Tehran International Short Film Festival, Tehran, Iran, 8-14 Nov
- Un Festival C'est Trop Court, Nice, France, 14-21 Oct
- Festival du Nouveau Cinema, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 5-16 Oct
- KloosterKino, De Kunstnacht, Nijmegen, Holland, 24 Sep
- Imagine Science Film Festival Tour, International House, Philadelphia, USA, 17 Sep
- Linoleum Festival, Kiev, Ukraine, 15-18 Sep
- visionXsound 2016, GRAF+ZYX TANK 203.3040.AT, Neulengbach, Austria, 11+17 Sep, 1 Oct
- School of Arts, Renmin University, Beijing, China, 3 Sep (guest lecture)
- Silhouette Festival, Saint-Ouen, France, 26 Aug - 3 Sep
- Vartex, Medellin, Colombia, 8-10 Aug (Bogoshorts screening)
- Insomnia Festival, Yukhnovsky District, Kaluga Oblast, Russia, 14-17 Jul
- 23rd OpenEyes Filmfest, Marburg, Germany, 14-17 Jul
- School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 15 Jun (Brown Bag Research presents Reflections on Abstractions by Max Hattler)
- Images Contre Nature, Marseille, France, 6-10 Jul
- Fest Anca, Zilina, Slovakia, 29 Jun - 3 Jul
- Animafest, Zagreb, Croatia, 6-11 Jun
- 20min|max International Shortfilmfestival, Ingolstadt, Germany, 4-10 Jun
- VIS - Vienna Independent Shorts, Vienna, Austria, 25-31 May
- Anifilm International Festival of Animated Films, Trebon, Czech Republic, 3-8 May
- 59th San Francisco International Film Festival, SF, CA, USA, 21 Apr - 5 May
- Third Culture Film Festival, Hong Kong, 15-17 Apr
- Holland International Animation Festival, Utrecht, Holland, 16-20 Mar

- Bogoshorts - Bogota International Short Film Festival, Colombia, 9-15 Dec
- Animateka International Animated Film Festival, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 7-13 Dec
- Euroshorts, Gdansk, Warsaw, and Katowice, Poland, 23-29 Nov
- CutOut Fest, Queretaro, Mexico, 12-15 Nov
- Animae Caribe, Port of Spain, Trinidad, 27-31 Oct (Finalist, Best Art Animation category)
- Videomedeja, MOCA, Novi Sad, Serbia, 23-25 Oct
- Imagine Science Film Festival, New York City, NY, USA, 16-24 Oct
- Be there! Corfu Animation Festival, Corfu, Greece, 15-18 Oct
- Cinetoro Film Festival, El Valle, Valle Del Cauca, Colombia, 6-12 Oct 
- Animatou, Geneva, Switzerland, 1-11 Oct
- Indie-Anifest, Seoul, Korea, 17-21 Sep (Max Hattler screening)
- 20th Split Film Festival, Split, Croatia, 12-19 Sep
- Melbourne International Animation Festival, Australia, 24 Jun (Max Hattler screening+Q&A)

- Echo Park Film Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA, 21 Nov 2014 (retrospective)
- University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA, 19 Nov 2014 (lecture)
- Royal College of Art, London, 22 + 23 Oct 2014 (artist talks)
- London Animation Club, Green Man, Fitzrovia, London, 7 Oct 2014 (artist talk)
- Audiovisual Abstractions. Max Hattler's Doctorate in Fine Art Exhibition, Moving Image Research Centre, University of East London, London, UK, 19-24 Jun 2014
- Professional Doctorate in Fine Art Showcase, University of East London, UK, 19-27 Jun 2013
- Directional Forces, ArToll Kunstlabor, Bedburg-Hau, Germany, 5 Apr 2013

"Close observation transforms ordinary surfaces into a violent sensory experience." Imagine Science Film Festival, 2015

"Using a mini golf course, Max Hattler brings a whole universe to life." Vienna Independent Shorts, 2016

"The imagery from this abandoned miniature golf course ultimately highlights the wear, decay and general patina of the disused space. The close-ups of textures, which vacillate frenetically, invariably present the viewer with an abstract visual experience, yet at the same time one is very aware of its real-world origins." Dan Torre, Senses of Cinema, 2015

Directed by Max Hattler.
Animation by Max Hattler, Christopher MacFarlane and June Chu Wing Yan.
Sound by Matthias Kispert and Max Hattler.
Devised during a Directional Forces artist residency at ArToll Kunstlabor, Bedburg-Hau, Germany.

vailable formats (HD digital files):
  • 4-minute film festival version
  • looping video installation version
Year completed: 2015
Preview versions: 2013, 2014
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