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Max Hattler: Receptive Rhythms

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Available on 9 -13 September 2020

RECEPTIVE RHYTHMS is the title of a well-balanced juxtaposition of three recent works by video artist Max Hattler. All three videos play in different ways with symmetries, with repetitions, with alienations, with breaks and with counterpoints. 

The two-channel video ALL ROT (2015/2019) makes the beauty of the transient, the ephemeral visible using the example of a miniature golf course. CONCRETE ABSTRACTION: ROAD TRIPTYCH (2019) shows on three large monitors the street as canvas and the structure of living traffic as wall-filling snapshots. The nine-minute experimental animation SERIAL PARALLELS (2019) depicts the surfaces of Hong Kong’s highrise architecture in an original way. The fast cut and skillful repetition takes up the perspective of a celluloid film and applies the technique of film animation to the photographic image.

All works deal with repetition and rhythm in different ways. They are ornamental and abstract at the same time. To what extent viewers rediscover the motifs used in the outside world is the challenge of receiving what they perceive: RECEPTIVE RHYTHMS.


Concrete Abstraction: Road Triptych, 2019

3-channel video, HD, 4 min (loop)

Director: Max Hattler

Animation: CHAN King Lam Osmond, Hinyi CHEUK, YU Ka Man Carmen, Helen CHOW, KWAN Tsz Ching Jenny, Aurelia Giovanni LAKSMANA, Marvin HAUCK, ZHANG  Riwen

Photography: Alexandra WOERMANN, Max HATTLER, ZHANG Riwen

Editing: Max HATTLER, ZHANG Riwen

Sound: Eduardo NOYA

This work was supported by a grant from the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong (Project No. 21609017)


Serial Parallels, 2019

Multi-screen video installation, HD, lengths variable (loops)

Director: Max HATTLER

Production: Relentless Melt

Production management: Max HHATTLER, Iresa CHO

Animation: ZHANG Riwen, Iresa CHO

Photography: Iresa CHO, ZHANG Riwen, Max HATTLER

Editing: Max HATTLER

Sound: David KAMP

Additional sound: Sky KUNG

Sound research: James BANBURY

This work was supported by Goethe-Institut Hong Kong, a project grant from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council and a grant from the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong (Project No. 21609017)


All Rot


Split-screen video, HD

4 min (loop)

Director: Max HATTLER 

Animation: Max HATTLER, Christopher MACFARLANE

Sound: Matthias KISPERT 

This work was devised during a Directional Forces artist residency at ArToll Kunstlabor, Bedburg-Hau, Germany.


Artists: Max HATTLER
Curator: Harald KRAEMER
Organized by: Goethe-Institut Hong Kong
Venue: Goethe-Gallery and Black Box Studio