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

- Festival Tous Courts, Aix-en-Provence, France, 2 Dec 2022, 20:00 (Festival Tous Courts 40th anniversary screening)
- Vienna Independent Film Festival, Vienna, Austria, 1-4 Oct 2020
- Taichung International Animation Festival, Taichung, Taiwan, 11-20 Oct 2019 (Director in Focus 1 retrospective)
- Receptive Rhythms, Goethe-Institut, Hong Kong, 4-28 Sep 2019 (solo exhibition)
- X Biennale di Soncino, Cremona, Italy, 23 Aug - 25 Sep 2019 ("The Best of Over The Real" screening at DAV Department of Visual Arts in Soresina, Cremona)
- Strano Film Festival, Capestrano, Italy, 22-25 Aug 2019
- Anifilm, Trebon, Czech Republic, 7-12 May 2019 (Max Hattler Retrospective)
- La Truca International Animation Festival, Cali, Colombia, 6-10 May 2019
- 26th Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film, Metropol 3, Stuttgart, Germany, 17:00 Fri 3 May 2019 (In Persona: Max Hattler screening)
- Relentless Melt No. 9: Audio Visions, Clockenflap Festival, Hong Kong, 9-11 Nov 2018 (Screening curated by Max Hattler)
- Punto y Raya Festival, Wroclaw, Poland, 25-28 Oct 2018 (Pawilonie Czterech Kopuł exhibition. Artists: Larry Cuba, Max Hattler, Robert Seidel, David Stout)
- Museum of Digital Art (MuDA), Zurich, Switzerland, Thu 5 Jul 2018 (Metaz series Max Hattler artist talk)
- On The Road: Young Media Artists in China, City University of Hong Kong, 23 Mar - 19 Apr 2018
- Les Inattendus, Lyon, France, 9-17 Feb 2018

- 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)

2013-2014 PREVIEWS
- Audiovisual Abstractions. Max Hattler's Doctorate in Fine Art Exhibition, Moving Image Research Centre, University of East London, London, UK, 19-24 Jun 2014
- Royal College of Art, London, 20 Nov 2013 (talk)
- Animatou Festival, Geneva, Switzerland, 11 Oct 2013 (masterclass)
- Professional Doctorate in Fine Art Showcase, University of East London, UK, 19-27 Jun 2013
- Directional Forces, ArToll, 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 and Christopher MacFarlane.
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
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