The birth of modern man:
Your Highness


"Your Highness - Selbstbild oder Fremdbild: Je nach Sichtweise des Betrachters posiert ein Mann auf grüner Wiese zwischen 'königlicher' oder lächerlicher Anmutung." Kasseler Dokfest (Catalogue), 2011

"This short brings to light the ridiculous nature of a soccer player." Lausanne Underground Film & Music Festival, 2011

"Ein Mann in orangefarbener Sporthose in Heldenpose: Mit nacktem Oberkörper turnt er über eine Wiese und feiert – den Blick himmelwärts gerichtet – Fäuste ballend seinen Sieg. Man weiß nicht, ob er gerade ein Mammut erlegt oder ein Fußballspiel gewonnen hat. Egal. Der Weg ist nicht weit vom Anfang der Menschheit bis zum Gehabe der Fußballspieler. Meint der in Ulm geborene und in London lebende Filmemacher Max Hattler. Seine Videoclips sind hintergründig, witzig, abstrakt." Ulm Szenen – Szene Ulm: Videoclips zwischen Avantgarde-Pop und zeitgenössischer Kunst, 2011

"GERMAN ARTIST'S VIDEO PUTS SOCCER IN A NEW LIGHT: A short film that shows a man striking bizarre poses has been interpreted as a comical representation of behavior on the soccer field. Its producer thinks that there are some good reasons for this. Although not originally created with soccer in mind, a short film called 'Your Highness' by German video artist Max Hattler has taken on a new dimension in light of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The video features a scantily-dressed man in a field striking a series of poses that seem to represent an aggressive, competitive, and hyper-masculine mindset. The German website ZEIT ONLINE published the video with the soundtrack of a soccer match in the background, giving it a whole new meaning. In an interview with Deutsche Welle, Hattler agrees that this interpretation is easy to justify." Deutsche Welle, Germany, 2 Jul 2010 [read interview]

"Pour le vidéaste Max Hattler, le foot est un monde à part - une chose que l'on ne peut pas comprendre si on n'en a pas appris les codes - c'est du moins ce que montre le clip que Zeit-online lui a demandé de réaliser à l'occasion de la Coupe du monde. Un regard étranger sur des rituels familiers." ARTE TV, France / Germany, 30 Jun 2010

"A campaign to highlight the ridiculousness of soccer." St. Louis International Film Festival 2011

"Un homme réinterprète, dans un stade sauvage, les gestes des footballeurs." Hors Pistes 2011, Centre Pompidou

"KUNST UND FUSSBALL: Max Hattler zeigt einen Mann, der etwas tut, was keiner versteht. So geht es dem Videokünstler selbst mit Fußball: Er sieht Bewegungsabläufe, zu deren Verständnis ihm die Codes fehlen." ZEIT ONLINE, Germany, 29 Jun 2010 [read interview]

Your Highness

"LITTLE FILM HINTS AT BIG ISSUES: LOVE it or hate it – soccer players are not always modest in the way they celebrate their goals. Even Bafana Bafana celebrated their first World Cup goal with a showy dance routine. Now, a German media artist is causing a stir in his home country with an offbeat short film depicting masculinity, particularly on the soccer field. ... The three-minute video was recently posted on the online edition of one of Germany's biggest weekly newspapers, Die Zeit. While some readers welcomed the video as a work of art, many were highly critical. 'It's extremely embarrassing that people like Mr Hattler think soccer to be really bad and working class, and still use its popularity to get attention to their (art),' one reader commented. Hattler, who is based in London but has moved to Denmark for three months, said he was surprised by the negative reaction, but that he should have expected it. 'Timing has obviously played a huge role in the ferocity of the comments. Right now, during the World Cup, football rules the streets, the screens and the conversations. Fans are pumped up and hyper-confident. Any criticism, real or perceived, must be smashed.' Hattler explained how soccer fitted in with his concept – a blend of hyper-masculinity and aggression: 'The focus was more on masculinity generally, and how this is expressed through rituals such as sports. Some of the moves are directly inspired by football, such as the sliding and falling on to the grass, or the whipping off of the shirt.' Interpretation of the video, Hattler said, was up to the individual, but he added: 'I think it is safe to say that the film was always intended to be comical.'" Weekend Argus, Cape Town, 10 Jul 2010

- Top 10 Selected by the Jury, Facade Video Festival, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, 2012

- 15 Years of Athens Digital Arts Festival, FOKAS, Athens, Greece, 10-11 May 2019
- Echo Park Film Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA, 21 Nov 2014 (retrospective)
- Fest Anca, Zilina, Slovakia, 18-22 Jun 2014 (Profile: Max Hattler)
- Nozstock Festival, Bromyard, Herefordshire, 26 Jul 2013 (Max Hattler Retrospective)
- Schaustelle, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany, 15+16 Jun 2013 (Max Hattler: Selected Works)
- Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen, Denmark, 9 May 2013 (artist talk)
- AniFest, Teplice, Czech Republic, 27 Apr 2013 (lecture)
- CeC: Carnival of eCreativity, Sattal, India, 22-24 Feb 2013 (CologneOFF screening)
- Digital Marrakech, Marrakech, Morocco, 6-8 Dec 2012 (CologneOFF screening)
- Petersburg Computer Animation Studio, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2 Nov 2012 (presentation at Theories of Modern Animation seminar hosted by Konstantin Bronzit and Anatoly Prokhorov)
- Reading Experimental Film Festival, Department of Art, University of Reading, UK, 27 Oct 2012
- Impakt Festival, Utrecht, Holland, 24-28 Oct 2012
- Facade Video Festival, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, 12-16 Sep 2012
- Max Hattler Presents..., Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle, UK, 23 Aug 2012
- Ambulart, B-Movie, Hamburg, Germany, 6 Jul 2012
- Filmfest Dresden, Dresden, Germany, 17-22 Apr 2012
- Mecal, Barcelona, Spain, 13-29 Apr 2012
- Ambulart, Guadalajara, Mexiko, 23 Mar 2012
- Go Short, Nijmegen, Holland, 18 Mar 2012 (Max Hattler Special Screening)
- Byron Bay Film Festival, Australia, 2-11 Mar 2012
- Interfilm, 27th International Short Film Festival Berlin, Berlin, Germany, 18 Nov 2011
- L'Alternativa Festival, Barcelona, Spain, 11-19 Nov 2011
- St. Louis International Film Festival, St. Louis, USA, 10-20 Nov 2011
- CologneOFF, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana Xochimilco, Mexico City, Mexico, 14 Nov 2011
- Kasseler Dokfest, Kassel, Germany, 8-13 Nov 2011
- LUFF - Lausanne Underground Film & Music Festival, Lausanne, Switzerland, 20-24 Oct 2011
- Ulm Szenen - Szene Ulm, Stadthaus, Ulm, Germany, Tue 11 Oct 2011
- East Pop West, London, 30 Sep - 2 Oct 2011 (group exhibition; Max Hattler solo screen)
- Gimli Film Festival, Gimli, Manitoba, Canada, 20-24 Jul 2011
- Athens Video Art Festival, Athens, Greece, 20-22 May 2011
- University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK, 7 Mar 2011
- Hors Pistes, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France, 21 Jan - 6 Feb 2011
- Max Hattler: Relations & Abstrations (curated by Klaus W. Eisenlohr), Directors Lounge, Berlin, 8 Jan 2011
- Videomedeja Festival, Novi Sad, Serbia, 17-19 Dec 2010
- Zeit Online, Germany, June 2010

- Off the Air: Sports, Adult Swim, USA, Dec 2014
- Facade Video Festival 2012 DVD, Bulgaria, 2012
- ARTE TV, France / Germany, 30 June 2010

Director: Max Hattler
Sound: Xavier Collet
Starring: Johannes Ender
Styling: Alexandra Leavey
Available formats: SD mov, DVD
Length: 3'03"
Year: 2010

Theme for Yellow Kudra
Ah, your powers they're oh so strong. Now reborn as Your Highness.

- Chelsea College of Art & Design, London, 29 Mar 2011
- Max Hattler Masterclass, Anima Festival, Brussels, Belgium, 11 Mar 2011
- University of Portsmouth (Animation Dept), Portsmouth, UK, Mon 7 Mar 2011
- Structuring Strategies: Max Hattler, CalArts, Valencia, California, USA, 25 Jan 2011
- Traces de Vies Documentary Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand, France, 22-28 Nov 2010
- Habitacion del Ruido, UCSJ, Mexico City, 28 Apr 2010
- University of Westminster, London, UK, 8 Mar 2010
- Ravensbourne College of Design, London, UK, 17 Feb 2010
- The Animation Workshop, Viborg, Denmark, 9 Feb 2010
- Southampton Solent University, Southampton, UK, 17 Feb + 23 Apr + 7 Dec 2009
- Ravensbourne College of Design, London, UK, 28 Jan + 20 Nov 2009
- Videoformes at Festival de Marne, Choisy-le-Roi, France, 17 + 18 Oct 2009
- Branchage Film Festival, Jersey, Channel Islands, 3 Oct 2009
- Muuuvi Tent, Peninsula Festival, Romania, 24 Jul 2009
- ArtsFest, Wellington College, Berkshire, UK, 23 Jun 2009
- Ferienakademie 2009, Kloster Roggenburg, Germany, 15 Apr 2009
- RAF Festival, Zagreb, Croatia, 29 Mar - 4 Apr 2009
- LUFF on Tour, Rodina Cinema, St. Petersburg, Russia, Mar/Apr 2009
- Refresco! / Tratado de Integracion: Legion, Neuquen, Argentina, 26-28 Feb 2009
- Kunsthochschule für Medien, Cologne, Germany, 22 Jan 2009
- Videomedeja, Novi Sad, Serbia, 12-14 Dec 2008
- Animated Dreams, Tallinn, Estonia, 21 Nov 2008
- Royal College of Art, London, UK, 6 Nov 2008
- Digital Dreams, Superdeluxe, Tokyo, Japan, 1 Nov 2008
- VaVoom: Happy Vision, Musée du Jeu de Paume, Paris, France, 2-5 Oct 2008
- Animae Caribe Festival, Trinidad, 22-28 Sep 2008
- Muuuvi ISFF, Lazar Castle, Romania, 1-3 Aug 2008
- Image Forum Festival, Tokyo, Kyoto, Fukuoka + Yokohama, Japan, Apr-Jul 2008
- Apple Store Ginza, Tokyo, Japan, 26 May 2008
- Planet Studyo Plus One, Osaka, Japan, 24 + 25 May 2008
- Kyoto Saga University of Arts, Kyoto, Japan, 20 May 2008
- Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan, 12 May 2008
- Naoussa ISFF, Naoussa, Greece, 8-11 May 2008
- Uplink Factory, Tokyo, Japan, 7 + 8 May 2008
- Notte Bianca in Università, University of Pisa, Italy, 24 Apr 2008
- University of West of England, Bristol, UK, 16 Apr 2008
- Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK, 9 Apr 2008
- Best of Videoformes 2008, SCAM, Paris, France, 26 Mar 2008
- Videoformes, Clermont-Ferrand, France, 11-15 Mar 2008
- FDMX, Norwich School of Art and Design, Norwich, UK, 6 Mar 2008
- Newport School of Art, University of Wales, Newport, UK, 4 Mar 2008
- Central St. Martin's College, London, UK, 25 Feb 2008
- University College for the Creative Arts, Farnham, UK, 7 Feb 2008
- FDMX, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK, 23 Jan 2008
- Impakt Festival, Utrecht, Holland, 2007
- Lausanne Underground Film Festival, Lausanne, Switzerland, 2007
- AURORA Festival, Norwich, UK, 2007 (panel discussion)
- Media Art Friesland Festival, Leeuwarden, Holland, 2007 (artist talk)
- AFIA Film Festival, Aarhus, Denmark, 2007
- Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, 2007
- Digital City, London, 2007
- RUGA Magazine at Roxy Bar and Screen, London, 2007
- Ferdinand-von-Steinbeiß Schule für Grafikdesign, Ulm, Germany, 2007
- Nikolaus-Kopernikus-Gymnasium, Weissenhorn, Germany, 2007
- Max Hattler Retrospective, Roxy, London, 2007
- Max Hattler: 2003-2007, Stadthaus, Ulm, Germany, 2007

- Max Hattler vs. Robert Seidel DVD, Japan, 2008
- MTV2, UK, 2007
- The Voice TV, Scandinavia, 2007

Director: Max Hattler
Music: Economy Wolf
Styling: Alexandra Leavey
Starring: Johannes Ender
Available formats: SD mov, Beta SP, DVD
Length: 3'05"
Year: 2006
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