Where's Your Head At
Connect four on the disco dance floor.
Light, liquid, shape and colour locked into a pixel playground.

This is the film festival version of a commission for British dance duo Basement Jaxx. During their concerts, the film is shown on a giant 7 x 2 meter LED screen behind the band. The concept of the film is based on the grid structure of the screen itself. The LED screen is made up of 60 square panels, four rows of 15. Each of the blocks that make up the screen becomes a tile in the overall picture, a pixel in the construction of the visual narrative.

- 5th Prize - Animation Category, Ginosa Film Festival, Ginosa, Italy, 2012
- Best Animated Music Film, Animafrik, Accra, Ghana, 2011
- Diploma, Golden Diana International Film Festival, Austria, 2011

- Filmfest Dresden International Short Film Festival, Dresden, Germany, 4-9 Apr (Animated: Max Hattler Retrospective)
- Sonar Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 1 Apr (Max Hattler - Sonar+D)


- Hongik University, Seoul, Korea, 19 May (lecture)
- Monstra Animated Film Festival, Lisbon, Portugal, 17 Mar (masterclass)
- School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong, 12 Jan (lecture)

- University of the West of England, Bristol, UK, 3 Dec (lecture)
- University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA, 19 Nov (lecture)
- CalArts, Valencia, California, USA, 17 Nov (lecture)
- Norwich University of the Arts, Norwich, UK, 7 Nov (lecture)
- London College of Communication, London, UK, 30 Oct (lecture)
- National Film and Television School, Beaconsfield, UK, 29 Sep (lecture)
- Fest Anca, Zilina, Slovakia, 18-22 Jun (Profile: Max Hattler)
- KASKcinema, Ghent, Belgium, 20 Feb (lecture)
- Sint Lucas Antwerpen, Antwerp, Belgium, 19 Feb (lecture)
- Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough, UK, 12 Feb (Max Hattler masterclass organized by Animate Projects as part of Animex)

- Nozstock Festival, Bromyard, Herefordshire, Fri 26 Jul (Max Hattler Retrospective)
- Schaustelle, Munich, Germany, 15+16 Jun (Max Hattler: Selected Works)
- AniFest, Teplice, Czech Republic, 27 Apr (lecture)
- Frenz: Art in April, Strongroom, London, UK, 17 Apr (screening/talk)
- Exploring Your Future, Plymouth University, Plymouth, UK, 13 Feb (lecture)

Where's Your Head At


- HEAD - Geneva University of Art and Design, Switzerland, 22 Nov (artist talk)
- Ginosa Film Festival, Ginosa, Italy, 21 Nov
- Petersburg Computer Animation Studio, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2 Nov (presentation at Theories of Modern Animation seminar, hosted by Konstantin Bronzit)
- The Factory, Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle, UK, 27 Aug (lecture)
- Max Hattler Presents..., Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle, UK, 23 Aug, 18:30
- Lago Film Fest, Revine Lago, Italy, 20-28 Jul (Max Hattler retrospective)
- Golden Kuker Animation Festival, Sofia, Bulgaria, 12 Jun (Max Hattler Panorama)
- ISFF Detmold, Germany, 8 Jun (Zwischenbilanz: Max Hattler Retrospective)
- Go Short, Nijmegen, Holland, Sun 18 Mar, 16:00 (Max Hattler Special Screening)
- Exposures Festival, Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK, 22 Feb (Music, Video, Art?)

- Max Hattler Special Screening, Off and Free Film Festival, Seoul, Korea, 17-23 Nov
- Let The Rhythm Hit 'Em, Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien, Berlin, 5 Nov 2011 - 15 Jan 2012 (group show)
- Animafrik - African Animation Festival, Accra, Ghana, 25-28 Oct
- Mestre Film Fest, Venice, Italy, 15 Oct
- Animatou, Geneva, Switzerland, 1-9 Oct
- CAMP Festival for Visual Music, ZKM/HfG, Karlsruhe, Germany, 22 Sep
- New Screen New-Castle, Newcastle, UK, Sat 10 Sep
- Golden Diana International Film Festival, Klopeiner See, Austria, Aug
- International Kansk Video Festival, Kansk, Siberia, Russia, 19-27 Aug
- C the Film, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh, UK, 4-30 Aug
- NOVA Contemporary Culture, EAV, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 20 Apr
- Chelsea College of Art & Design, London, 29 Mar
- Middlesex University, London, 28 Mar
- Max Hattler: Audiovisual Abstractions, AA School of Architecture, London, 14 Mar
- Max Hattler Masterclass, Anima Festival, Brussels, Belgium, 11 Mar
- University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK, 7 Mar
- Byron Bay Film Festival, Australia, 4-13 Mar
- University of East London, London, 8 Feb
- Best of Golden Kuker 2010, Sofia, Bulgaria, January
- Structuring Strategies: Max Hattler, CalArts, Valencia, California, USA, 25 Jan
- Sound & Stories Amplified: Max Hattler & Jonas Odell, Solothurn Film Festival, 22 Jan
- Max Hattler FOCAL masterclass, Solothurn, Switzerland, 21 Jan
- Rythmetic Int'l Experimental Animated Film Festival, Bègles, France, 20-23 Jan
- Max Hattler: Relations & Abstrations (curated by Klaus W. Eisenlohr), Directors Lounge, Berlin, 8 Jan

- MGFest: Motion Graphics Festival, 30 venues across USA, incl. Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington DC
- Videomedeja Festival, Novi Sad, Serbia, 17-19 Dec
- Animae Caribe, Port of Spain, Trinidad, 25-27 Nov
- Animanima International Animation Festival, Cacak, Serbia, 17-20 Nov
- Met Film School, Ealing Studios, London, UK, 15 Nov
- Exground Filmfest, Wiesbaden, Germany, 12-21 Nov
- Kinofest, Bucharest, Romania, 3-7 Nov
- Linoleum Festival, Moscow, Russia, 28-31 Oct
- International Animation Film Festival Golden Kuker, Sofia, Bulgaria, 13-17 Oct
- Goethe-Institut, Ankara, Turkey, 13 Oct
- Presentation of Abstract Animation, Cultural Centre, Myslowice, Poland, 24 Sep
- MUMIA, Brazil, Betim & Nova Lima, 6-12 Sep; Belo Horizonte, 13-19 Sep
- Gürtel Nightwalk, Vienna, Austria, 28 Aug
- Abstracta, Rome, Italy, 26 Aug
- Melbourne International Animation Festival, Melbourne, Australia, 21-27 Jun
- Lightbox Animation Festival, Sligo, Ireland, 19-20 Jun
- Videofestival, Bochum, Germany, 10-12 Jun
- International Short Film Festival Detmold, Detmold, Germany, 9-13 Jun
- Max Hattler Director's Talk, Ursula Blickle Videolounge, Vienna, Austria, 31 May
- Leiden International Short Film Festival, Leiden, Holland, 28-30 May
- Vienna Independent Shorts, Vienna, Austria, 27 May - 2 Jun
- Fastnet Short Film Festival, Schull, West Cork, Ireland, 27-30 May
- WIZ-ART Festival, Lviv, Ukraine, 20-23 May
- Athens Video Art Festival, Athens, Greece, 7-9 May
- Jornada de Comunicación, Universidad Marista, Mexico City, 30 Apr
- Habitacion del Ruido, Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana, Mexico City, 28 Apr
- Videomedeja on Tour at Rex Cinema, Belgrade, Serbia, 23 Apr
- European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück, Germany, 21-25 Apr
- Ferienakademie 2010, Kloster Roggenburg, Germany, 6 Apr
- Flatpack Festival, Birmingham, UK, 27 Mar
- University of Westminster, London, UK, 8 Mar
- BYDESIGN 10, Northwest Film Forum, Seattle, USA, 5-11 Mar
- Kunst ist Versuchung, Kloster Roggenburg, Germany, 24 Feb - 6 Jun
- Ravensbourne College of Design, London, UK, 17 Feb
- 6th Berlin International Directors Lounge, Berlin, 14 Feb
- London Short Film Festival, London, UK, 8-17 Jan

Where's Your Head At

- Videomedeja, Museum of Contemporary Art, Novi Sad, Serbia, 11-13 Dec
- Southampton Solent University, Southampton, UK, 7 Dec
- Ravensbourne College of Design, London, UK, 20 Nov
- Fredrikstad Animation Festival, Norway, 14 Nov
- DOK Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany, 26 Oct - 1 Nov
- Premio Simona Gesmundo, Italy, 26-28 Oct
- Tindirindis Int'l Animation Film Festival, Vilnius, Lithuania, 21-25 Oct
- Optica Festival, Madrid, Spain, 16 Oct
- Curtocircuito Festival, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 10-17 Oct
- Darklight Festival, Dublin, Ireland, 8-11 Oct
- Branchage Film Festival, Jersey, Channel Islands, 3 Oct
- ArtsFest, Wellington College, Berkshire, UK, 23 Jun
- Acting for Animation Symposium, Volda University College, Volda, Norway, 7 May

"... an arena abstraction for Basement Jaxx ... Old school video games and '80s video walls inspired Max Hattler's visuals for Where's Your Head At ... Rather than treat the display as one fluid screen, he took advantage of the grid's '80s video wall look and designed flat, two-dimensional visuals that resemble old school video games such as Tetris." 'boards

"phenomenal ... an electric arcade of crazy kinetics." Animation Show

"awesome visuals" Creamfields.com

"distinctive" Televisual

"Hattler keeps things ambient and kinetic, a wise choice." Video Static

"Ein Raster aus gleich großen Quadern, die passend zu den Beats beleuchtet oder animiert werden. Durch die zumeist zweidimensionale Optik entsteht ein typischer 80er-Jahre-Look, der von Analogien zu frühen Computerspielen noch unterstrichen wird."
Vienna Independent Shorts

"Für die aktuelle Tour des britischen Danceprojekts Basement Jaxx hat VJ-Künstler Max Hattler unübersehbar alte Videospiele als Referenz für seine LED-Visuals hergenommen." PAGE

"ein wahrhaftig visueller Augenschmaus ... darf nicht ungesehen bleiben." Electru
"madness ... we love it, it looks great!" Basement Jaxx

WYHA Supa Special

Director, Producer: Max Hattler
Animation: Max Hattler, Milad Firoozian (3D), Noriko Okaku, Rodrigo Vives, Papaya Gonzales
Music: Basement Jaxx
Commissioned by: Basement Jaxx / Punk Garage Ltd.
Available formats: HD, Beta SP, DVD
Orig. size: 7x2 m LED screen / 1080x288 px / 15:4
Length: 5’55”
Year: 2009
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