Model Starship
We have liftoff! Model Starship, a very brief encounter with another world.

SCREENINGS 2015-2019
- Beyond the Space, Art Gwangmyeong, Gwangmyeong-si, South Korea, 21 Oct - 10 Nov 2022 (public screen exhibition curated by Shirley Sehee Kim. Artists included: Max Hattler, Ina Conradi, Mark Chavez, Tate Egon Chavez, Shirley Sehee Kim) [Model Starship: Unclear Proof]
- Taichung International Animation Festival, Taichung, Taiwan, 11-20 Oct 2019 (Director in Focus 1)
- Western Universities Students Animation Festival Academic Proseminar, Southwest Minzu University, Chengdu, China, 12 Nov 2017 (lecture: 'Materiality and Representation in Animation: Approaches to Abstraction')
- The Way Objects Go, Gallery Podroom, Belgrade, Serbia, 6-27 July 2017 (Exhibition curated by Nyima Leray and Isabelle Henrion. Artists: Anthony Bodin, Samuel Buckman, Jimmie Durham, Rodrigo Cass, Michel François, Laura Gozlan, Max Hattler, Ailbhe Ni Bhriain, Pauline Payen, Babeth Rambault, Annegien van Doorn) [Model Starship: Unclear Proof]
- Polymerization & Multiply (聚合與繁衍): MOCA Video Exhibition, MOCA Plaza LED TV Wall, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan, 6 Nov - 4 Dec 2016 (3-person exhibition Robert Seidel, Matt Abbiss, Max Hattler; Model Starship: Unclear Proof)
- Night Lights Art & Design Trail, DesignFest Clonmel, Tipperary, Ireland, 5 Nov 2016 (curated by Harald Turek, Switch; Model Starship: Unclear Proof)
- The Amy Johnson Festival 75 Second Film Awards, Hull, UK, 23-30 Jul 2016
- Light Night, Small Cinema, Liverpool, UK, 13 May 2016 (One Minute Volume 7)
- Les Inattendus Film Festival, Lyon, France, 22-30 Jan 2016
- Project Space Plus, Lincoln, UK, 23 Nov - 11 Dec 2015 (One Minute Volume 7 curated by Kerry Baldry)
- Sevilla Film Festival, Seville, Spain, 6-14 Nov 2015
- One Minute Hull Artists Moving Image Festival, Hull, UK, 6-8 Nov 2015
- Indie-Anifest, Seoul, Korea, 17-21 Sep 2015 (Max Hattler screening)
- Melbourne International Animation Festival, Australia, 24 Jun 2015 (Max Hattler screening)
- UEL Shorts, Arcola Theatre, Dalston, London, UK, 7 Jun 2015
- Contemporary Art Ruhr, Zollverein, Germany, 29-31 May 2015 (One Minute Volume 7 at Directors Lounge)
- 27th Festival Les Instants Video, Videodrome 2, Marseille, France, 8 Apr 2015
- Byron Bay Film Festival, Australia, 6 Mar 2015

- Schikaneder, Vienna, Austria, 18 Dec (Fullframe screening)
- 27th Festival Les Instants Video, Marseille, France, December
- Echo Park Film Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA, 21 Nov (retrospective)
- St. Louis International Film Festival, St. Louis, USA, 13-23 Nov
- Multivision Festival, St. Petersburg, Russia, 1-30 Nov
- New Chitose Airport International Animation Festival, Hokkaido, Japan, 31 Oct - 3 Nov
- The Peoples Experimental Film Festival, Cambridge, UK, 9 Aug
- Open Eyes, Marburg, Germany, 18-19 Jul
- Audiovisual Abstractions. Max Hattler's Doctorate in Fine Art Exhibition, Moving Image Research Centre, University of East London, London, UK, 19-24 Jun (Model Starship: Unclear Proof)
- Fest Anca, Zilina, Slovakia, 18-22 Jun (Profile: Max Hattler)
- One Minute Volume 7, Chester Film Co Op, Chester, UK, 15 May - 11 Jun (curated by Kerry Baldry)
- Film Material Soup at Rogue Artists Studios Project Space, Manchester, 2 May (One Minute Volume 7 curated by Kerry Baldry)
- Ginsberg Film Festival, Steve Biko Centre, South Africa, 17-21 Apr (One Minute Volume 7 curated by Kerry Baldry)
- Filmfest Dresden, Germany, 15-20 Apr
- Plymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth, UK, 25 Mar (One Minute Volume 7 curated by Kerry Baldry)
- Milgi Lounge, Cardiff, Wales, UK, 7 Mar (In the Warehouse, curated by Chris Furby)
- bloc projects, Sheffield, 13-15 Feb (One Minute Volume 7 curated by Kerry Baldry)
- Furtherfield Gallery, London, 25-26 Jan + 1-2 Feb, 12-16h (One Minute Volume 7 curated by Kerry Baldry)
- Fullframe Kunstfilmfestival, mumok, Vienna, Austria, 22 Jan
- British Shorts, Berlin, 17-20 Jan

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- Videomedeja, Novi Sad, Serbia, 29 Nov - 1 Dec
- Animated Dreams, Tallinn, Estonia, 27 Nov - 1 Dec
- Tindirindis Int'l Animation Film Festival, Vilnius, Lithuania, 25 Nov - 1 Dec
- Royal College of Art, London, 20 Nov (talk)
- Cucalorus Film Festival, Wilmington, NC, USA, 13-17 Nov
- The Projection Rooms, Museum of Club Culture, Hull, 26 + 27 Oct (One Minute Volume 7 curated by Kerry Baldry)
- Filmski Front Festival, Novi Sad, Serbia, 24-26 Oct
- Animatou Festival, Geneva, Switzerland, 11 Oct (masterclass)
- Dear Serge, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea, UK, 28 Sep (One Minute Volume 7 curated by Kerry Baldry)
- Message to Man International Film Festival, Saint Petersburg, Russia, 21-28 Sep
- Ottawa International Animation Festival, Ottawa, Canada, 18-22 Sep
- Facade Video Festival, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, 11-15 Sep
- Cofi Roc, Caernarfon, North Wales, 6-7 Sep (One Minute Volume 7 curated by Kerry Baldry)
- One Minute Film & Video Festival, Aarau, Switzerland, 22-25 Aug
- Derapage, Parc de la Paix, SAT, Montreal, Canada, 7 Aug
- C the Film, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh, UK, 27 Jul - 27 Aug
- Nozstock Festival, Bromyard, Herefordshire, Fri 26 Jul (Max Hattler Retrospective)
- Animation Block Party, Brooklyn, NY, USA, 25-28 Jul
- FILE - Electronic Language International Festival, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 23 Jul - 1 Sep
- San Gio Video Festival, Verona, Italy, 23-27 Jul
- Schaustelle, Munich, Germany, 15+16 Jun (Max Hattler: Selected Works)
- International Short Film Festival Detmold, Detmold, Germany, 31 May - 9 Jun
- The Animation Workshop, VIA University College, Viborg, Denmark, 21 May (artist talk)
- San Francisco International Film Festival, SF, CA, USA, 25 Apr - 9 May
- Backup Festival, Weimar, Germany, 22-26 May
- Derapage, Centre de Design, UQAM, Montreal, Canada, 18 Apr
- London College of Communication, London, UK, 17 Apr (lecture)
- Future Film Festival, Bologna, Italy 12-17 Apr
- Chinese Open: Year of the Snake, Q Park, Chinatown, London, Sun 10 Feb (curated by Vanya Balogh & Cedric Christie)
- DOTMOV Festival, Japan + world tour, throughout 2013

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- Cocaine – blows my brain..., Spor Klübü, Berlin, Germany, 30 Nov
- HEAD - Geneva University of Art and Design, Switzerland, 22 Nov (artist talk)
- Freie Kunstakademie Baden-Württemberg, Fellbach, Germany, 15 Nov (artist talk)
- Blitzfilm Festival China Tour to Chongqing, Chengdu, Kunming, Shanghai, Qingyuan, Foshan, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Tianjin, and Beijing, 3 Nov - 8 Dec
- DOTMOV Festival, Japan + world tour, 1 Nov 2012 - through 2013
- Meet the Artists, Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle, UK, 25 Aug
- Max Hattler Presents..., Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle, UK, 23 Aug (premiere)
- Pixel Palace Breakfast, Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle, UK, 13 Aug (preview)
- Datarama, Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle, UK, 10 Aug (preview)

"Ciencia ficcion minimalista: asi se puede llamar el trabajo de Max Hattler, que con material de escritorio y piezas de ferreteria aporta pruebes de la existencia de vida en otros planetas." Sevilla Film Festival 2015

"I selected Max Hattler’s new piece of abstract animation without the slightest hesitation as his brief but exquisite film Model Starship was strikingly different from other nominated films. According to what I have read on the artist’s website, the idea of a collaboration came about during the interview with a fashion magazine called Journal, which gave him a make-up bag full of autumn/winter 2012 products. Max Hattler came up with such astonishing images only using the luxury cosmetics in the bag from Givenchy, Laura Mercier, NARS, Shu Uemura, Shiseido and YSL. Turning the familiar products into something new and creating a scene that you could see in a sci-fi movie by filming using their shapes and materials, with images reflected from mirrors, was sensational. The artist was able to produce images that are vague and abstract but clear and concise at the same time as he went through the process of observing the products, imaging, and recognizing their patterns. I completely understand why he titled his art film A Very Brief Encounter with Another World. Bringing his imagination into action, he recreated the so-called secular ready-made products into an eye-catching art film. It gave me a refreshing jolt of the same kind as when Fontaine of Marcel Duchamp shocked the contemporary art world. Anyone who was disappointed to see the film end so soon can invest in Max Hattler for its longer version." DOTMOV 2012, selected and commented by Ki Young Park (Sugarcube)

"All Aboard Model Starship: A couple of months ago, we dropped the artist Max Hattler to tell him how much we admired his work. We did a little Q&A with him right here on Journal and then met up for coffee. The idea of a collaboration came about and a make-up bag full of autumn/winter 2012 products were duly thrust into his arms. This short abstract film – Model Starship – (with sound by Eduardo Noya Schreus) is the result. We love it! What do you think?" Journal Magazine (23 Aug 2012)

"Everyday objects are transformed into a science fictional landscape." San Francisco International Film Festival 2013

"Model Starship is an all too brief, but no less impressive, new piece of abstract animation from Max Hattler commissioned by fashion magazine Journal." Directors Notes (23 Aug 2012)

"Max Hattler’s latest adventure in animation is cosmetic sci-fi stop motion" Jotta (23 Aug 2012)

"We've posted several of Max Hattler's abstract narrative-free stop-motion films on the Animated Review in the past. His latest film, 'Model Starship' is a continuation of the visuals and the otherworldly appearance of these earlier shorts. 'Model Starship' was commissioned as an art film by new fashion magazine 'Journal' and will be followed up with a sequel at an undisclosed date." Animated Review (Aug 2012)

Style Sight (Japan, issue 5, summer 2012)


A film by Max Hattler.
Sound by Eduardo Noya Schreus.
Thanks to Sarah Noble and Sandra Sykorova.
Year: 2012
Available formats: 1080p HD digital file, DVD
Length: 0'40"

Model Starship: Unclear Proof (2014), is a special 7-minute installation loop version which combines Model Starship (2012) and Unclear Proof (2013).

"Max Hattler's stop-motion animation work Model Starship: Unclear Proof opposes mass-produced objects in a genuine miniature star war. Luxury industry products like high-end make-up and artefacts from Prosecco production and consumption are considered here solely for their plastic and formal qualities, thus questioning their social status and value. The battlefield is tainted in a paradoxical way, as it stages the violence of an egocentric, superficial and success-orientated society while taking place on a bright blue sky. It reminds us of the naïve lightness with which a child can appropriate the most expensive objects and transform them into simple pawns of a game." Isabelle Henrion, curator, The Way Objects Go, Podroom Gallery, 2017

"Model Starship: Unclear Proof ... displays a matrix of different ready-mades and uses them to mimic starships that are traversing the galaxy, transforming the purposes and meanings of the ready-mades." MOCA Taipei, 2016

"者則是陣列了各類現成物的外觀形體,並模擬成飛往星際的航艦,試圖扭轉其原有用途及意涵" Arttime, 2016

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