Max Hattler’s multi-award winning abstract political short film, in HD. Islamic patterns and American quilts and the colours and geometry of flags as an abstract field of reflection.
“To note the five long years that the Iraq campaign has chalked up this month, what better way to mark the occasion than with Max Hattler’s protean, prize-laden and thought-provoking animated artwork. This abstract reflection on the clash of cultures forcibly merges American quilts and Islamic patterns into beautiful, yet unsettling kaleidoscopic scenes. Make sure to launch this in the stand-alone player option and listen with headphones on (bbc.co.uk/ filmnetwork), to see how Christopher Wilson’s subtly ominous sound mix transforms these whirling, warring images, as a muezzin’s call and the crack of artillery fire fracture Hattler’s primary- coloured mandalas like shrapnel.” guardian.co.uk, 2008
Max Hattler is a filmmaker and visual artist interested in the space between abstraction and figuration in the moving image, where storytelling is freed from the constraints of traditional narrative. He works across the fields of film, video installation and live audiovisual performance, and has collaborated with music acts including Basement Jaxx, Jovanotti, Jemapur, The Egg, Ladyscraper, and his dad’s outfit Hattler. Max has shown his award-winning works at hundreds of festivals worldwide, including the European Media Art Festival, onedotzero, Rotterdam, Edinburgh, Annecy, Animafest (Zagreb), and Image Forum Festival (Japan). He has performed live audiovisuals worldwide, including ICA (London), Animae Caribe (Trinidad), Cimatics (Brussels), Animation Show (California), SuperDeluxe (Tokyo) and the Museum of Image and Sound (Sao Paulo). Max graduated from Goldsmiths College in 2001, and from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Animation in 2005. He is represented by Partizan worldwide for commercial work, and by Cimatics agency for audiovisual performances.
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