Shift
Using the New Age idea of a 'dimensional shift' as inspiration, Shift combines science fiction themes through abstract, stop motion animation of objects and colour.

AWARDS
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Third Prize, Reykjavík Visual Music · Punto y Raya Festival, Reykjavik, Iceland, 2014
- First Prize, Prize Simona Gesmundo for Animated Short Films, Cetraro, Italy, 2012
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Best Experimental Film, TOFUZI, Batumi, Georgia, 2012
- Vimeo Staff Pick, 2012

Shift (installation view)
SHIFT solo exhibition at Tenderpixel Gallery, 2012 (installation view).

SCREENINGS 2014
- IMM - Institut für Musik und Medien, Düsseldorf, Germany, 11 Dec (lecture)
- Cologne Game Lab, University of Applied Sciences, Cologne, Germany, 10 Dec (lecture)
- ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany, 10 Dec (The Best of Punto y Raya 2014)
- Middlesex University, London, 2 Dec (lecture)
- Echo Park Film Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA, 21 Nov (retrospective)
- 27th Festival Les Instants Video, Marseille, France, 7-11 Nov
- Aalborg University Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark, 16 Oct (lecture)
- London Animation Club, Green Man, Fitzrovia, London, 7 Oct (artist talk)
- Video Art and Experimental Film Festival, New York City, USA, 2-4 Oct
- Last Friday Shorts, TAP Gallery, Southend on Sea, UK, 26 Sep (curated by Michaela Freeman)
- Angel Canal Festival, London, 7 Sep (Animate Projects screening)
- BUSHO, Budapest, Hungary, 2-7 Sep
- ChiFouMi & Cie, Saint-Claude, France, 25 Jul
- Village Green Festival, Chalkwell Park, Southend on Sea, UK, 12 Jul
- Revelation Film Festival, Perth, Australia, 3-13 Jul
- Audiovisual Abstractions. Max Hattler's Doctorate in Fine Art Exhibition, Moving Image Research Centre, University of East London, London, UK, 19-24 Jun
- Fest Anca, Zilina, Slovakia, 18-22 Jun (Profile: Max Hattler)
- Animafest, Zagreb, Croatia, 3-8 Jun
- 12th Kinofilm International Short Film Festival, Manchester, UK, 31 May
- Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Caracas, Venezuela, 14 May (lecture)
- Northwest Animation Festival, Portland, Oregon, 12-18 May (EFFPortland screening)
- School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 28 Apr (lecture)
- Time is Love.7, Pink Gallery, Seoul, Korea, 25-26 Apr (curated by Kisito Assangni)
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Jenseits der Sprache – Language and beyond, Galerie B, Stadtbibliothek, Stuttgart, Germany, 4 Apr - 24 May (Thorsten Fleisch, Max Hattler, Michel Kloefkorn, Robert Seidel 4-person ITFS exhibition)
- Time is Love.7, Galerie Talmart, Paris, France, Fri 21 Mar (curated by Kisito Assangni)
- Monstra Festival, Lisbon, Portugal, 13 - 23 Mar
- Anima Festival, Brussels, Belgium, 28 Feb - 9 Mar
- Sint-Lucas, Ghent, Belgium, 18 Feb (lecture at Digital Design International Day)
- Reykjavík Visual Music · Punto y Raya Festival, Reykjavik, Iceland, 30 Jan - 2 Feb
- DASHBOARD - The Wrong Curators Artshow, Kalpany, Milan, Italy, 23 Jan - 21 Feb
- Time is Love.7, The Invisible Line Gallery, London, 18 Jan (curated by Kisito Assangni)


SHIFT solo exhibition at Tenderpixel Gallery, 2012 (video documentation).

2013
- Curtocircuito Festival, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 9-14 Dec
- Middlesex University (Animation Dept), London, 9 Dec (lecture)
- Salon Papier(s), EESAB, Rennes, France, 7-8 Dec (Selection Oodaaq)
- Galerie A, Angers, France, 7 Dec (Selection Oodaaq)
- University of East London, London, UK, 22 Nov (artist talk)
- St. Louis International Film Festival, St. Louis, USA, 14-24 Nov
- Bradford Animation Festival, Bradford, UK, 12-16 Nov (Animate Projects screening)
- London Int'l Animation Festival, London, UK, 25 Oct - 3 Nov
- Bunter Hund Int'l Short Film Festival, Munich, Germany, 17-20 Oct
- Un Festival C'est Trop Court, Nice, France, 15-20 Oct
- Animatou Festival, Geneva, Switzerland, 11 Oct (masterclass)
- Anima Festival, Cordoba, Argentina, 10-12 Oct
- Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts - HSLU, Switzerland, 9 Oct (lecture)
- Kinofest, Bucharest, Romania, 27-29 Sep
- ANIMATE EXPERIMENT at Brighton Digital Festival, projected onto the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill On Sea, UK, Fri 27 Sep, 19:30 (curated by Kim Stewart)
- Naoussa International Film Festival, Naoussa, Greece, 25-29 Sep
- Etrange Festival, Paris, France, 5-15 Sep
- Golden Diana Int. Filmfestival, Klopeiner See, Austria, 1-6 Sep
- Anifest India, Mumbai, India, 23-24 Aug (Finalist, TASI Viewers Choice Awards)
- Open-Air Filmfest Weiterstadt, Germany, 15-19 Aug
- Videoholica, Varna, Bulgaria, 4 Aug (artist talk)
- Penryn Arts Festival, Cornwall, UK, 26 Jul ('InterAnima' curated by Becalelis Brodskis)
- Nozstock Festival, Bromyard, Herefordshire, 26 Jul (Max Hattler Retrospective)
- FILE - Electronic Language International Festival, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 23 Jul - 1 Sep
- SICAF, Seoul, Korea, 23-28 Jul (MIAF screening)
- Best of Oodaaq 2013, VisualContainer, 11 Jul - 10 Sep
- San Gio Video Festival, Verona, Italy, 23-27 Jul
- Festival Miden, Kalamata, Greece, 4-6 Jul
- Frederick Film Festival, Frederick, Maryland, USA, 28-30 Jun
- Malaysian Institute of Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 22 Jun (KLEX screening 'See the Sound, Hear the Image', curated by Kok Siew Wai)
- Melbourne International Animation Festival, Melbourne, Australia, 20-30 Jun
- Festival Alto Vicentino, Santorso, Italy, 20-23 Jun (finalist)
- [.BOX] Videoart Project Space, Milan, Italy, 19-28 Jun (Selection Oodaaq)
- Schaustelle, Munich, Germany, 15+16 Jun (Max Hattler: Selected Works)
- Salle Saint Anne, Saint Malo, France, 8 Jun (Selection Oodaaq)
- Les Yeux La Nuit, La Nuit de la Video, Nancy, France, 7 Jun (Selection Oodaaq)
- Caostica Festival, Bilbao, Spain, 1-15 Jun
- International Short Film Festival Detmold, Detmold, Germany, 31 May - 9 Jun
- Vienna Independent Shorts, Vienna, Austria, 28 May - 2 Jun
- Science Friction, Copenhagen, Denmark, 28 May (artist talk)
- Backup Festival, Weimar, Germany, 22-26 May
- Experimental Film Festival Portland, Portland, Oregon, USA, 20-26 May
- Festival Oodaaq, Rennes, France, 16-26 May
- Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen, Denmark, 9 May (artist talk)
- AniFest, Teplice, Czech Republic, 27 Apr (lecture)
- European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück, Germany, 24-28 Apr
- London College of Communication, London, UK, 17 Apr (lecture)
- Frenz: Art in April, Strongroom, London, UK, 17 Apr (screening/talk)
- Filmfest Dresden International Short Film Festival, Dresden, Germany, 16-21 Apr
- Mecal, Barcelona, Spain, 4-28 Apr
- Videoformes Festival, Clermont-Ferrand, France, 20-23 Mar
- Plymouth College of Art, Plymouth, UK, 8 Mar (lecture)
- Byron Bay Film Festival, Australia, 1-10 Mar
- Animated Exeter, Exeter, UK, 18-23 Feb
- Chinese Open: Year of the Snake, Q Park, Chinatown, London, Sun 10 Feb (curated by Vanya Balogh & Cedric Christie)
- Berlin International Directors Lounge, Berlin, 7-17 Feb
- SWITCH, Nenagh, Tipperary, Ireland, 3-10 Feb
- Royal College of Art, London, 31 Jan (talk)
- British Shorts, Berlin, 11-14 Jan
- London Short Film Festival, London, 3-14 Jan

Shift (2012)

2012
- Filmski Front, NFC Kino Klub, Novi Sad, Serbia, 20-22 Dec
- Videomedeja, Novi Sad, Serbia, 14-16 Dec
- Les Nuits Magiques, Bègles, Bordeaux, Haillan and Canéjan, France, 5-18 Dec
- Tblisi International Film Festival, Tblisi, Georgia, 3-9 Dec (best of TOFUZI screening)
- Animax, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia, 28-30 Nov
- HEAD - Geneva University of Art and Design, Switzerland, 22 Nov (artist talk)
- Istanbul Animation Festival, Istanbul, Turkey, 20-25 Nov
- L'Alternativa, Barcelona, Spain, 20-25 Nov
- Euroshorts, Gdansk, Poland, 19-25 Nov
- KLEX - Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film & Video Festival, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 16-20 Nov
- Freie Kunstakademie Baden-Württemberg, Fellbach, Germany, 15 Nov (artist talk)
- Animated Dreams, Tallinn, Estonia, 14-18 Nov
- Erarta Contemporary Art Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia, 4-18 Nov (Multivision installation)
- Flip Animation Festival, Wolverhampton, UK, 1-3 Nov
- CutOut Fest, Queretaro, Mexico, 1-3 Nov
- Multivision Festival, Pro Arte Foundation, St. Petersburg, Russia, 1 Nov (artist talk)
- DOK Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany, 29 Oct – 4 Nov
- Impakt Festival: DEUS, Dutch Experiments on Urban Screens, Amsterdam, Utrecht, Breda, Eindhoven, Amersfoort and The Hague, Holland, 24-28 Oct
- Collab, Lauba, Zagreb, Croatia, 13-17 Oct
- Simultan Festival, Timisoara, Romania, 11-13 Oct
- Ce qui nous lie: soirees courts-metrages, Besancon, France, 11 Oct
- anim'est, Bucharest, Romania, 5-14 Oct
- TOFUZI, Batumi, Georgia, 3-6 Oct
- Sho-Zyg, St. James Hatcham Church, New Cross, London, 21-27 Sep
- Zeitguised, Max Hattler, Android Jones & PES, San Francisco State University, CA, USA, 21 Sep, 19:30 (ASIFA Lecture by Ben Ridgway)
- Arnolfini, Bristol, UK, 18-23 Sep (Random Acts screening)
- Bornshorts Film Festival, Bornholm, Denmark, 14 Sep
- Hackney Film Festival, Rio Cinema, Dalston, London, Sat 8 Sep, 16:00
- art:gwangju:12, Gwangju, Korea, 5-9 Sep (via Animate Projects)
- Walthamstow International Film Festival, London, UK, 3-11 Sep
- Abandon Normal Devices, Manchester, UK, 31 Aug
- Darklight Festival, Dublin, Ireland, 23-26 Aug
- Max Hattler Presents..., Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle, UK, 23 Aug, 18:30
- DINCA Vision Quest, Chicago, USA, 16-18 Aug (curated by Andrew Rosinski)
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Welcome to the Treasuredome, ICCI 360 Arena, Weymouth, UK, 11-12 Aug (curated by Kayla Parker and Stuart Moore)
- Videoholica Int'l Video Art Festival, Varna, Bulgaria, 30 Jul - 3 Aug
- C the Film, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh, UK, 27 Jul - 27 Aug
- Lago Film Fest, Revine Lago, Italy, 20-28 Jul (Max Hattler retrospective)
- Rushes Soho Shorts Festival, London, 11-20 Jul
- University of East London, London, 21-29 Jun (Doctorate in Fine Art Show)
- Golden Kuker Animation Festival, Sofia, Bulgaria, 12 Jun (Max Hattler Panorama)
- ISFF Detmold, Germany, 8 Jun (Zwischenbilanz: Max Hattler Retrospective)
- Royal College of Art, London, 30 May (presentation/workshop)
- Backup Festival, Weimar, Germany, 12 May ("Collisions, Kaleidobooths, Hattlerizers" talk)
- FMX, Stuttgart, Germany, 11 May (lecture)
- Apocalyptic Shift, Eyebeam Art & Technology Center, New York City, NY, USA, 26 April
- randomacts.channel4.com, since 24 April (online premiere)
- Max Hattler: Audiovisual Abstractions, Vilnius Art Academy, Vilnius, Lithuania, 27 Mar
- Max Hattler: Shift (solo show), Tenderpixel Gallery, London, 9 March - 28 April
Shift (2012)
WHAT OTHERS HAVE SAID
"There are certain moments created by artists where it becomes apparent that they have completed a period and are ready to shift up a gear; challenging themselves, challenging audiences and challenging the body of work that they have already produced. Filmmaker Max Hattler produced in 2010 a piece called Spin. This Busby Berkeley-style dance routine played out by plastic toy soldiers seemed to instigate a slight change in working practice, and he presents his latest work, open now, at Tenderpixel. This new installation of three moving image works is entitled (appropriately enough) SHIFT. Commissioned between Animate Projects and Channel 4, the work is the latest in a series of co-productions between the two organisations, in a strand called Random Acts, bringing the work of film and video artists to terrestrial broadcast television. SHIFT is a very strong work. The three minute animation exhibits influences as disparate as modernist abstraction to industrialisation and German Expressionism. The effect is jarring, and in the Tenderpixel basement a fitting mausoleum for sci-fi exploits played out under factory-esque, conveyor-belt conditions. Hattler's work has always been exuberant and anticipatory; SHIFT presents an abstract apocalypse, hearkening back to the fears of the modern age. It's beautiful, and it's scary, and it's utterly engrossing." Because Magazine, 2012

"following a strict concept, images of geometric beauty emerge." Vienna Independent Shorts 2013

"Max Hattler tries to visualize higher dimensions and unearthliness based on a turbulent atmosphere caused by a premonition of the end of the world. He uses elements of a complex and endlessly functioning mechanism. The cosmos of its pieces still performs many functions without emotions and retrospect. Partial changes are almost imperceptible." AniFest 2013

"Tiefschwarz als abstrakte Fläche, darauf dreidimensionale Objekte, Formen, Fragmente von Bauteilen aus Metall, Kunststoff, Filz, manchmal gläserne Einsprengsel oder winzige blinkende Lämpchen. Dazu ein Soundtrack, der zwischen spannungsgeladenen Kinofilm-Geräuscheffekten und zeitgenössischer 'Neuer Musik' pendelt, eine wogende Bewegungsfolge von immer neuen semi-abstrakt bewegten Kompositionen und rasanten Transformationen. Ein Universum aus konkret beschreibbaren Klängen und Formen, das dennoch auf mysteriöse Weise auf ein größeres, dahinter liegendes Bedeutungsuniversum verweist." Vienna Independent Shorts 2013

"Max Hattler, jeune artiste allemand installé à londres, réalise des animations expérimentales dans lesquelles il explore l’idée du mouvement dans sa représentation abstraite. Dans Shift, il crée, avec très peu d’effets numériques, un monde d’une autre dimension peuplé d’objets, obéissant à ses propres lois et logiques. L’utilisation d’objets du quotidien et l’anthropomorphisme de certaines compositions permettent cependant un rattachement à une réalité concrète. Ses films, se situant entre abstraction et figuration, établissent ainsi une distance critique et proposent une réflexion sur le milieu dans lequel nous évoluons." Selection Oodaaq DVD 2013

MORE HERE
- IdN Magazine Motion Gallery, 2014
- Turbulences Video (interview, issue 76, July 2012)
- Stash (feature, issue 93, June 2012)
- Art Monthly (review, issue 356, May 2012)
- Dazed Digital (interview, March 2012)
- Imperica (interview)
- Journal (interview)
- The Double Negative
- Design Week
- Page Magazine
- Cent Magazine
- Directors Notes
- File Magazine
- Electric Sheep Magazine
- Animate Projects
- Animate Projects Observer
- University of East London
- Art Rabbit
- Art Licks
- Tenderpixel Gallery (or press release PDF)

Making of Shift
Making of Shift. Photo by Heiko Mozer, 2012.

TV BROADCASTS + DVDS
- Selection Oodaaq DVD, France, 2013
- Canal Plus, Spain, since October 2012
- Channel 4, UK, 23 April 2012 (TV premiere) + further screenings

CREDITS

A film by Max Hattler.
Sound by David Kamp.
Additional Animation by Mavis Chen, Mia Hattler, Kami Hattler.
An Animate Projects production in association with Lupus Films for Channel 4.
Year: 2012
Available formats: HD digital file, DVD
Length: 3'00" (broadcast + festival version), 2'50" loop (gallery version)

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