The unknown X becomes a whole symphony of shapes... In a universe where everything is by itself yet can intersect with each other, cross-action seems the best way to solve an unknown equation.

Max Hattler Canal Commission, KXFS, Goods Way, London, 6-16 Sep 2012

- Zbigniew Rybczynski Special Prize, Anilogue, Budapest, Hungary, 2013
- Vimeo Staff Pick, 2012

- Lichtsicht 7 Projektions-Triennale (curated by Prof. Michael Bielicky and Tim Roßberg), Bad Rothenfelde, Germany, 23 Oct - 2 Nov 2020 + 22 Oct 2021 - 20 Feb 2022 (WATER SCREEN INSTALLATION)
- Taichung International Animation Festival, Taichung, Taiwan, 11-20 Oct 2019 (Director in Focus 1)
- Anifilm, Trebon, Czech Republic, 7-12 May 2019 (Max Hattler Retrospective)
- 26th Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film, Metropol 3, Stuttgart, Germany, 17:00 Fri 3 May 2019 (In Persona: Max Hattler screening)
- Animation x Experimental: International Experimental Animation Exhibition 2018, Fuzhong 15, New Taipei City, Taiwan, 2 Jun 2018 (lecture: 'Animation Between Visual Music and Narrative Abstraction')
- Digital Graffiti, Alys Beach, Florida, USA, 18-20 May 2018
- KLEX, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 25 Nov 2017 (Max Hattler Retrospective)
- 56 Moon Animation Festival, Chengdu, China, 11 Nov 2017 (Max Hattler solo screening)
- Feuerseefest, Stuttgart, Germany, 14-17 Sep 2017 (Feuerseh! WATER SCREEN INSTALLATION)
- Ars Electronica Festival, Linz, Austria, 7-11 Sep 2017 (Max Hattler: In Persona screening)
- Expo 2017, Astana, Kazakhstan, 14 Jul 2017 (Max Hattler Retrospective presented by Visual Music Award and German Pavilion)
- 29th Society for Animation Studies Conference, University of Padova, Padua, Italy, 4 Jul 2017 (presentation: ‘Expanded Abstractions: From Fake Holography to Broken Stereoscopy’)
- Stuttgart Media University, Stuttgart, Germany, 13 Apr 2017 (guest lecture)
- Filmfest Dresden International Short Film Festival, Dresden, Germany, 4-9 Apr 2017 (Animated: Max Hattler Retrospective)
- Annual China Animation Studies Conference, Sichuan Animation Research Centre, Academy of Art and Film, Chengdu University, Chengdu, China, 19 Nov 2016 ('Experiential Abstractions' lecture)
- School of Arts, Renmin University, Beijing, China, 3 Sep 2016 (guest lecture)
- SCAD Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 10 May 2016 (New Media Art and Animation lecture)
- California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA, USA, 10 Feb 2016 (visiting artist lecture)
- California State University, Los Angeles, CA, USA, 9 Feb 2016 (lecture)
- University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA, 8 Feb 2016 (presentation in Michael Patterson's Visual Music class)

X water screen installation at Lichtsicht Triennale, 2022.

- Shorts That Are Not Pants Encore, Toronto, Canada, 19 Nov
- Summit At Sea, Miami and International Waters, 13-16 Nov
- Shorts That Are Not Pants, Toronto, Canada, 8 Oct
- Indie-Anifest, Seoul, Korea, 17-21 Sep (Max Hattler screening)
- Fény(ny)elvek, Kepes Institute, Eger, Hungary, 26 Sep - 31 Dec
- visionXsound 2015, GRAF+ZYX TANK 203.3040.AT, Neulengbach, Austria, 5 + 20 Sep
- –scape, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, IL, USA, 17 Jul - 28 Aug (curated by Snow Yunxue Fu and Mo Chen)
- Melbourne International Animation Festival, Australia, 24 Jun (Max Hattler screening)
- FILE - Electronic Language International Festival, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 16 Jun - Aug
- Hongik University, Seoul, Korea, 19 May (lecture)
- Open Source Art Forum, WCO Korea, Seoul, Korea, 17 May (lecture)
- Visible Bits, Audible Bytes, Phoenix Cinema, Leicester, UK, 22 Apr (curated by Bret Battey)
- Resonate, Belgrade, Serbia, 17 Apr (lecture)
- The Sublime, Art Yourself Gallery, Bucharest, 3 Apr
- Monstra Animated Film Festival, Lisbon, Portugal, 17 Mar (masterclass)
- Monstra Animated Film Festival, Lisbon, Portugal, 16-22 Mar (jury retrospective)
- Tehran International Animation Festival, Tehran, Iran, 12 Mar (masterclass)
- Byron Bay Film Festival, Australia, 6 Mar
- Animac, Lleida, Spain, 19-22 Feb
- School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong, 12 Jan (lecture)

- Cologne Game Lab, University of Applied Sciences, Cologne, Germany, 10 Dec (lecture)
- Goldsmiths, University of London, London, UK, 9 Dec (lecture)
- Middlesex University, London, 2 Dec (lecture)
- Echo Park Film Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA, 21 Nov (retrospective)
- KLEX - Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film & Video Festival, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 19-23 Nov
- 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 International Animation Festival, London, 1 Nov (masterclass)
- London College of Communication, London, UK, 30 Oct (lecture)
- Contemporary Art Ruhr, Zollverein, Germany, 24-26 Oct (Directors Lounge screening)
- Medialogy, Aalborg University Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark, 16 Oct (lecture)
- London Animation Club, Green Man, Fitzrovia, London, 7 Oct (artist talk)
- National Film and Television School, Beaconsfield, UK, 29 Sep (lecture)
- Lucca Film Festival, Lucca, Italy, 28 Sep - 3 Oct
- CASS, London Metropolitan University, London, 24 Sep (artist talk)
- Lux, Wellington, New Zealand, 22-31 Aug, 6pm-11pm daily (WATER SCREEN INSTALLATION)
- SICAF, Seoul, Korea, 22-27 Jul
- Lago Film Fest, Revine Lago, Italy, 18-26 Jul
- Audiovisual Abstractions. Max Hattler's Doctorate in Fine Art Exhibition, Moving Image Research Centre, University of East London, London, UK, 19-24 Jun
- stART Festival, Santa Lucia di Piave, Italy, 20-22 Jun
- Fest Anca, Zilina, Slovakia, 18-22 Jun (Profile: Max Hattler)
- DOTMOV Festival, Japan + world tour, through 2014
- Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Caracas, Venezuela, 14 May (lecture)
- School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 28 Apr (lecture)
- 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)
- Mecal, Barcelona, Spain, 5-30 Mar
- Anima Festival, Brussels, Belgium, 28 Feb - 9 Mar
- KASKcinema, Ghent, Belgium, 20 Feb (lecture)
- Sint Lucas Antwerpen, Antwerp, Belgium, 19 Feb (lecture)
- Sint-Lucas, Ghent, Belgium, 18 Feb (talk at Digital Design International Day)
- Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough, UK, 12 Feb (Max Hattler masterclass organized by Animate Projects as part of Animex)
- 10th Berlin International Directors Lounge, Berlin, 6-16 Feb
- Reykjavík Visual Music · Punto y Raya Festival, Reykjavik, Iceland, 30 Jan - 2 Feb
- British Shorts, Berlin, 17-20 Jan
X (detail)
- Middlesex University (Animation Dept), London, 9 Dec (lecture)
- Les Nuits Magiques, Begles, Bordeaux, Le Haillan, France, 4-15 Dec
- Anilogue, Budapest, Hungary, 27 Nov - 1 Dec
- Animated Dreams, Tallinn, Estonia, 27 Nov - 1 Dec
- University of East London, London, UK, 22 Nov (artist talk)
- Royal College of Art, London, 20 Nov (artist talk)
- St. Louis International Film Festival, St. Louis, USA, 14-24 Nov
- Expotoons Int'l Animation Festival, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 13-15 Nov
- Animax, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia, 7-9 Nov
- DOTMOV Festival, Japan + world tour, 1 Nov - through 2014
- Multivision Festival, Erarta Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia, 1-7 Nov
- London Int'l Animation Festival, London, UK, 25 Oct - 3 Nov
- Le Quattro Giornate del Cinema di Napoli, Naples, Italy, 22-27 Oct
- Un Festival C'est Trop Court, Nice, France, 15-20 Oct
- Animatou Festival, Geneva, Switzerland, 11 Oct (masterclass)
- Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts - HSLU, Switzerland, 9 Oct (lecture)
- TOFUZI International Animation Festival, Batumi, Georgia, 4 Oct (masterclass)
- Balkanima, Belgrade, Serbia, 1-5 Oct
- Kinofest, Bucharest, Romania, 27-29 Sep
- 25th Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival, Chicago, IL, USA, 5-8 Sep
- REMIX - 10 years in the mix!, Spor Klübü, Berlin, Germany, 30 Aug – 7 Sep
- Videoholica, Varna, Bulgaria, 4 Aug (artist talk)
- C the Film, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh, UK, 27 Jul - 27 Aug
- Nozstock Festival, Bromyard, Herefordshire, Fri 26 Jul (Max Hattler Retrospective)
- East End Film Festival, London, 3 Jul (Emerge talk)
- Frederick Film Festival, Frederick, Maryland, USA, 28-30 Jun
- Edinburgh International Film Festival, Edinburgh, UK, 19-30 Jun
- Schaustelle, Munich, Germany, 15+16 Jun (Max Hattler: Selected Works)
- Schaustelle, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany, 15 Jun (artist talk)
- Caostica Festival, Bilbao, Spain, 1-15 Jun
- Backup Festival, Weimar, Germany, 23-26 May
- The Animation Workshop, VIA University College, Viborg, Denmark, 21 May (artist talk)
- Animasivo, Mexico City, Mexico, 9-19 May
- ITFS, Stuttgart, Germany, 27 Apr (nominated for Animated Com Award)
- AniFest, Teplice, Czech Republic, 27 Apr (lecture)
- London College of Communication, London, UK, 17 Apr (lecture)
- Frenz: Art in April, Strongroom, London, UK, 17 Apr (screening/talk)
- 6 Million Ways of Getting into the Arts, University of Salford, MediaCityUK, 16 Mar (talk)
- Plymouth College of Art, Plymouth, UK, 8 Mar (lecture)
- Exploring Your Future, Plymouth University, Plymouth, UK, 13 Feb (lecture)
- University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, UK, 8 Feb (lecture)
- Royal College of Art, London, 31 Jan (talk)

Opening of X at KXFS, London, 2012.

- GOV Gasteig Open Video, Munich, Germany, 10 Dec 2012 - 25 Jan 2013
- Playgrounds Digital Arts Festival, Tilburg, NL, 22 Nov - 2 Dec (Expo Max Hattler at Gust van Dijk Project Room)
- 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
- Petersburg Computer Animation Studio, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2 Nov (presentation at Theories of Modern Animation seminar, hosted by Konstantin Bronzit and Anatoly Prokhorov)
- Multivision Festival, Pro Arte Foundation, St. Petersburg, Russia, 1 Nov (artist talk)
- Max Hattler Canal Commission, KXFS, London, 6-16 Sep (WATER SCREEN INSTALLATION)
"X is an animated water projection by media artist Max Hattler, who often exhibits in non-traditional spaces. X is a contemporary media representation, in the true sense of the word. It is equally vague and intangible as the title X. For one thing, it is timeless: the beginning and the end are merely a technical necessity. For another, X is placeless: a work that is not additionally projected onto a solid wall, for instance, but onto a wall of water – or to be more precise: onto a hydroshield, such as used by the fire brigade. X amalgamates kinetic outline shapes glowing luminous green, purple, white and blue into a prototypical digital light show. It is one of Max Hattler’s most impressive works: the light show is geometric and refers to itself, and yet conveys an unrivalled liveliness of the shapes. X never appears abstract or strenuous, but in a strange way reassuring, even likeable. Whereas Max Hattler’s works are often forms of digital dystopia, X could be a digital version of the kinetic sculptures that emerged around media art pioneer Zdenek Pesanek in Prague around 1930." Lichtsicht 7, 2020

"Blau, grün, blau und rosé leuchten Dreiecke, Kreise, Recht- und Vielecke über dem Feuersee auf. Die geometrischen Formen erscheinen wie von Zauberhand in der Luft, sichtbar nur, weil die Feuerwehr eine Wand aus unendlich vielen Tröpfchen aufgebaut hat. Die Wasserprojektion des Videokünstlers und experimentellen Filmemachers Max Hattler, die WDV Molliné und die Galerie von Braunbehrens ermöglichte, war einer der Höhepunkte des Feuerseefests." Stuttgarter Zeitung, 2017

"A futuristic, kinetic, energetic new commission from moving image artist Max Hattler ... on a 10x15m screen of water rising from the canal alongside KXFS for performances each night." Kings Cross Filling Station, 2012

"The equation = X, an ethereal mist display emblazoned with geometric shapes and forms that dance a technicolored correspondence of light and new age dazzle." Animax Skopje Animation Festival, 2013

"X is a moving composition of geometrical images that have a hidden logic to how they interact and intercept each other." Natalia Andrade, Design Is So, 2016

"...then it was over and I longed to see more. I wanted to live in that neon-and-artificial-yet-strangely-organic-and-alive world for a bit longer to see where things went. I couldn’t make sense of it at first but felt that if I kept watching some hidden, important meaning would eventually present itself." The Tripatorium, 2013

"Projecting animations on a screen is nothing new—but what if that screen was made from water being blasted out of high-powered water jets? That’s not an everyday occurrence, is it? German animator and visual artist Max Hattler has used exactly this technique to present his latest animation, X. If you’re not familiar with Hattler’s work, his style is colorful, haunting, abstract, geometric—a spectacle for the eyes that can jar you from a daydreaming slumber or equally hypnotize you into one. (...) The piece is a perfectly synced dance of light and sound, featuring abstract geometry shifting about to sci-fi-esque music, which is given added depth and surreality by its presentation on the hydro screen. (...) [more]." Kevin Holmes, The Creators Project, 2012

"(...) Open from last night is X (2012), a new film commission by media artist Max Hattler. This is a pop-up display in the most accurate sense. Jets of water shoot up from the banks of Regent’s Canal to form a 10x15 metre screen onto which X is projected. (...) Hattler is used to presenting in non-traditional spaces: he has made work for media including smartphones, tablets – once even for the video advertising hoardings on the westbound Central Line platform at Liverpool Street station. X is a digital light show, amalgamating kinetic outline shapes glowing luminous green, purple, white and blue. It is a demonstration of all that is strongest about Hattler’s work: the film is beautifully constructed and is a self-referential treat for the eyes. Where his most well known works explore some form of digitally-induced dystopia, X finds its most direct influence in Destination Docklands, Jean Michel-Jarre’s 1988 concert/spectacle/extravaganza, and its glittering celebration of industrial and technological revolution in the age of postmodernism." Ajay RS Hothi, 2012

"a 3D geometric 'psychedelic ballet' over London's Regent's Canal … a dramatic new public art experience" Huffington Post UK, 2012

"Roll by the Kings Cross Filling Station in London this week, and you can take in a stunning laser light motion graphic sequence created by the experimental artist Max Hattler ... [more]" Computer Arts, 2012

"interesting and impressive technique" The Curious Brain, 2012

"juego luminico-expansivo." Visionary Film, 2013

"Max Hattler's skills may not quite be at the stage where he can walk on water but they’re certainly great enough that he can animate on it." Directors Notes, 2012

"A film is about to be shown on a wall of water, sounds crazy right? But surely that’s what London’s all about – just when you think you’ve seen it all something knocks that thought out the window. This latest art work comes from the artist Max Hattler and you can see it yourself this week rising out of Regent’s Canal." Who's Jack, 2012

"We are not big on supporting brands, who let’s face it, only commision art works to up their cool status. But we’ll stick the perverbial pipe in our mouths and smoke it, because however much we want to hate this Vauxhall-supported commission by visual artist Max Hattler, we can’t, because it is quite simply mesmerising, as we found out when we stumbled on it, on a trip to Shrimpy’s on Friday. Hattler has projected a colourful animation of flying shapes onto a screen of water – a high-powered jet stream that spouts 10×15 metres into the air from Regent’s Canal, which he calls a ‘psychedelic geometric ballet’. It’s hypnotic as various shapes twist, turn and dance with each other, as they spit out lazers and probes, and morph into other shapes, Matrix-style. Spectacular and well worth a visit." Art Wednesday, 2012

"Watery light show is simply wild ... Max Hattler’s mesmerizing light and sound art entitled X, wherein the moving image artist uses a fountain as the canvas for his fascinating display" Holy Kaw!, 2012

"It doesn't see that long ago we were posting about Max Hattler and his latest visual triumph, but he's already back with another stunning project. Max's Canal Commission: 'X', part of the Vauxhall Ampera Season at KXFS in King's Cross, launched last Thursday (6th September) and runs every evening until the 16th. If you can't get to London to see it live Max has kindly posted a video of the piece on his Vimeo channel which can be viewed below. We're a big fan of Max's visual output and each piece seems to have surpassed the last. 'X' is no exception, albeit taking a unique departure from his other recent works. The kinetic futuristic geometric neon visuals are back-projected onto a 10x15m screen of water rising from the canal giving the animation a ghostly shimmer. So whilst 'X' is a continuation of Max's abstract exploration into his other-worldly aesthetic, it's a whole new experience. One we hope to experience again in subsequent works, and with Max's prolific output we shouldn't have to wait too long." Animated Review, 2012

Directed by Max Hattler.
Sound and music by Eduardo Noya Schreus
Animation by Matt Abbiss, Tony Comley, Valeria Fonseca, Max Hattler, Siobhan Mcelhinney, Luiz Stockler. 
Special Thanks to Sandra Sykorova. 
Versions (1080p HD digital files):
- Film festival version, 6 minutes
- Water screen installation version, 6 minutes
Year: 2012


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