Serial Parallels
This experimental animation approaches Hong Kong’s built environment from the conceptual perspective of celluloid film, by applying the technique of film animation to the photographic image. The city’s signature architecture of horizon-eclipsing housing estates is reimagined as parallel rows of film strips: Serial Parallels.



AWARDS
- Award for Best Editing, San Giò Verona Video Festival, Italy, 2019

SCREENINGS AND EXHIBITIONS
- Kaboom Animation Festival, Utrecht and Amsterdam, NL, 9-17 Nov 2019
- Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany, 28 Oct - 14 Nov 2019 (solo exhibition, part of Phantom Horizons series curated by Robert Seidel)
- Banjaluka International Animated Film Festival, Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 24-28 Oct 2019
- Stoptrik International Film Festival, Maribor, Slovenia, 3-6 Oct 2019 (Borderlands Competition)
- Encounters Film Festival, Bristol, UK, 24-29 Sep 2019 (International Competition)
- Supernova Digital Animation Festival, Denver, 19-21 Sep 2019 (Director's Choice programme)
- Ars Electronica Festival, Linz, Austria, 5-9 Sep 2019 (Ars Electronica Animation Festival programme)
- Max Hattler. Receptive Rhythms, Goethe-Institut, Hong Kong, 4-28 Sep 2019 (Max Hattler solo exhibition curated by Dr Harald Kraemer. Features Serial Parallels multi-screen installation)
- San Giò Verona Video Festival, Verona, Italy, 23-27 Jul 2019
- Convento São Pedro de Alcântara, Lisbon, Portugal, 17-21 Jun 2019 (Society for Animation Studies Conference exhibition)
- Relentless Melt No. 13: Consecutive Correspondences, Floating Projects, JCCAC, Hong Kong, Wed 15 May 2019, 18:30 (Hong Kong premiere of Serial Parallels)
- Anifilm, Trebon, Czech Republic, 7-12 May 2019 (Max Hattler Retrospective)
- 26th Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film, Metropol 2, Stuttgart, Germany, 22:00 Fri 3 May 2019 (Relentless Melt No. 11: Hong Kong International screening)
- 26th Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film, Metropol 3, Stuttgart, Germany, 17:00 Fri 3 May 2019 (In Persona: Max Hattler screening)
- Animation and Science SAS Symposium, Literaturhaus, Stuttgart, Germany, Wed 1 May 2019, 14:00 (paper: 'Superstructure Playgrounds')












WHAT OTHERS HAVE SAID
"Serial Parallels ... provides a transfixing portrait of one of the most vertical cities in the world. ... captivating architectural animation." Directors Notes, 2019

"... a hypnotic vision of a relentless urban architecture, set to a suitably mechanical soundtrack." Alex Dudok De Wit, Cartoon Brew, 2019

CREDITS

English title: Serial Parallels
Chinese title: 序列平行
Director: Max Hattler
Production: Relentless Melt
Animation: Zhang Riwen, Iresa Cho
Photography: Iresa Cho, Zhang Riwen, Max Hattler
Editing: Max Hattler
Sound: David Kamp
Additional sound: Sky Kung
Sound Research: James Banbury
Production management: Max Hattler, Iresa Cho
Supported by: Hong Kong Arts Development Council
Country: Hong Kong, Germany
Length: 9’00”
Year: 2019


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