A Very Large Increase in the Size, Amount, or Importance of Something Over a Very Short Period of Time

- Special Mention - Abstract Film, London International Animation Festival, London, 2015
Prize-of-Effort, 17th TBS DigiCon6 Asia Awards, Hong Kong, 2015
First Prize, Visual Music Award, Germany, 2014
- Jury Award - Animated/Experimental, Marin County Festival of Short Film & Video, USA, 2014

SCREENINGS 2018-2024
- Art After Dark, Vero Beach Museum of Art, Vero Beach, Florida, US, 15-16 Dec 2023 (curated by Brett Phares)
- Between the Cols, CODAsummit, CODAworx, McNichols Civic Center Building, Denver, Colorado, US, 12-14 Oct 2022 (outdoor digital art exhibition curated by Brett Phares)
- Nuit de l'Image, Clermont-Ferrand, France, Tue 24 Aug 2021 (curated by Gabriel Soucheyre / Videoformes)
- Anifilm, Liberec, Czech Republic, 6-11 Oct 2020 (Oskar's Legacy: Filmmakers Influenced by Fischinger, curated by Cindy Keefer, Center for Visual Music)
- Fest Anca International Animation Festival, Zilina, Slovakia, 27-30 Aug 2020 (Focus: The Day After curated by Eliska Decka)
- Taichung International Animation Festival, Taichung, Taiwan, 11-20 Oct 2019 (Director in Focus 1)
- About Receptive Rhythms, Goethe-Gallery, Goethe-Institut Hong Kong, 19 Sep 2019 (artist talk, part of Max's solo exhibition Receptive Rhythms)
- Switch to Art. Videokunst im Brückenhaus, Neu-Ulm, Germany, 15 Sep 2018 - Aug 2019 (curated by Dunja Bialas)
- AniPromítacka v Olomouci, Long Story Short Hostel, Olomouc, Czech Republic, Wed 25 Jul 2018 (curated by Eliska Decka / AniScreen / PAF)

- Visual Art Week Mexico, Cineteca Nacional Open Air Cinema, Mexico City, Mexico, 29 Nov - 3 Dec (screening curated by Adrian Alva, The Jellyfish Act)
- KLEX, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 25 Nov (Max Hattler Retrospective)
- 56 Moon Animation Festival, Chengdu, China, 11 Nov (Max Hattler solo screening)
- Ars Electronica Festival, Linz, Austria, 7-11 Sep (Max Hattler: In Persona screening)
- Expo 2017, Astana, Kazakhstan, 14 Jul (Max Hattler Retrospective presented by Visual Music Award and German Pavilion)
- PROXY Spring Series, San Francisco, CA, USA, 5 May
- Filmfest Dresden International Short Film Festival, Dresden, Germany, 4-9 Apr (Animated: Max Hattler Retrospective)
- Mars aux Musees, Matisse Museum, Nice, France, 4 Mar (Un Festival C'est Trop Court screening)

- The Age of Experience, Angewandte Innovation Lab, Vienna, Austria, 1-20 Dec (curated by Harald Kraemer)
- Brand New Blinkers, DIY Space For London, London, 17 Nov
- Festival Caracas Contemporanea, Centro de Arte Los Galpones, Caracas, Venezuela, 13 Nov
- Polymerization & Multiply (聚合與繁衍): MOCA Video Exhibition, MOCA Plaza LED TV Wall, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan, 6 Nov - 4 Dec (3-person exhibition with Robert Seidel and Matt Abbiss)
- Byron Bay Film Festival, Australia, 14-23 Oct
- Oodaaq Festival, La Grande Passerelle, Saint Malo, France, 3-5 Jun
- Digital Graffiti, Alys Beach, Florida, USA, 13-15 May
- SCAD Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 10 May (New Media Art and Animation lecture)
- Danube Video Art Festival, Stadtkino, Grein, Austria, 19-21 Feb
- California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA, USA, 10 Feb (visiting artist lecture)
- California State University, Los Angeles, CA, USA, 9 Feb (lecture)
- University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA, 8 Feb (presentation in Michael Patterson's Visual Music class)


- London International Animation Festival, London, UK, 4-13 Dec
- KINOdiseea International Children's Festival, Bucharest, Romania, 13-18 Nov
- Summit At Sea, Miami and International Waters, 13-16 Nov
- Autumn School "Crossing borders in theory and practice", European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder), Germany, 7-11 Oct
- Skanstull metro station, Stockholm, Sweden, 1 Oct - 21 Dec (curated by Frida Cornell for Stockholm konst)
- Indie-Anifest, Seoul, Korea, 17-21 Sep (Max Hattler screening)
- Synesthesia Festival, Portland, OR, USA, 14-16 Aug
- Melbourne International Animation Festival, Melbourne, Australia, 19-29 Jun
- Bit Bang Festival, Da Vinci School of Media Arts, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 13 Jun
- Boom Bang II, NN Contemporary Art, Northampton, UK, 21-24 May
- Hongik University, Seoul, Korea, 19 May (lecture)
- Open Source Art Forum, WCO Korea, Seoul, Korea, 17 May (lecture)
- Pictoplasma, Berlin, Germany, 29 Apr - 3 May
- Resonate, Belgrade, Serbia, 17 Apr (Panel Discussion Visual narratives / storytelling, James George, Sabrina Ratté, Max Hattler, chaired by Shane Walter)
- TIFF Kids International Film Festival, Toronto, Canada, 7-19 Apr
- 3rd International Motion Festival, Nicosia, Cyprus, 26-29 Mar
- Videoformes Festival, Clermont-Ferrand, France, 19-21 Mar
- Monstra Festival, Lisbon, Portugal, 16-22 Mar
- Mecal, Barcelona, Spain, 12 Mar - 19 Apr
- FESTIVAL NRMAL, Mexico City, Mexico, 28 Feb - 1 Mar
- Bamberger Kurzfilmtage, Bamberg, Germany, 25 Feb - 1 Mar
- Travelling Film Festival - Elephant d'Or, Rennes, France, 3-10 Feb
- International Film Festival Rotterdam, Holland, 21 Jan - 1 Feb
- Filmwinter, Stuttgart, Germany, 15-18 Jan
- London Short Film Festival, London, UK, 9-18 Jan

a very large increase in the size, amount, or importance of something over a very short period of time (detail, 2013)

- IMM - Institut für Musik und Medien, Düsseldorf, Germany, 11 Dec (lecture)
- Goldsmiths, University of London, London, UK, 9 Dec (lecture)
- Animax Skopje Fest, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia, 4-6 Dec
- Bogoshorts - Bogota International Short Film Festival, Colombia, 2-9 Dec
- Les Nuits Magiques, Begles, Bordeaux, Le Haillan, France, 29 Nov - 14 Dec
- Polyball, ETH, Zurich, Switzerland, 29 Nov
- Euroshorts, Gdansk, Warszawa and Katowice, Poland, 24-30 Nov
- Echo Park Film Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA, 21 Nov (retrospective)
- Anilogue International Animation Festival, Budapest, Hungary, 19-23 Nov
- University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA, 19 Nov (lecture)
- Bradford Animation Festival, Bradford, UK, 17-22 Nov
- CutOut Fest, Queretaro, Mexico, 13-16 Nov
- Cucalorus Film Festival, Wilmington, NC, USA, 12-16 Nov
- 28th Filmfest Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany, 11-16 Nov
- Klik! Amsterdam Animation Festival, Amsterdam, Holland, 4-9 Nov
- DOTMOV Festival, Japan + world tour, 1 Nov - through 2015
- London International Animation Festival, London, 1 Nov (masterclass)
- Animae Caribe Festival, Trinidad, 27 Oct - 2 Nov
- Banjaluka Int'l Animated Film Festival, Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 23-28 Oct
- Un festival c'est trop court - 14th Nice short film festival, Nice, France, 13-19 Oct
- Animasyros, Syros, Greece, 2-5 Oct
- KloosterKino, De Kunstnacht, Nijmegen, Holland, 27 Sep
- Naoussa International Film Festival, Naoussa, Greece, 25-29 Sep
- CASS, London Metropolitan University, London, 24 Sep (artist talk)
- Message to Man International Film Festival, Saint Petersburg, Russia, 20-27 Sep
- Expotoons Int'l Animation Festival, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 18-21 Sep
- Ottawa International Animation Festival, Ottawa, Canada, 17-21 Sep
- Fantoche, Baden, Switzerland, 2-7 Sep
- 13th International Kansk Video Festival, Kansk, Siberia, Russia, 23-30 Aug
- The Peoples Experimental Film Festival, Cambridge, UK, 9 Aug
- San Gio Video Festival, Verona, Italy, 23-27 Jul
- Open Eyes, Marburg, Germany, 18-19 Jul
- Sopot Film Festival, Sopot, Poland, 12-20 Jul
- Marin County Festival of Short Film & Video, San Rafael, CA, USA, 2-6 Jul
- Frederick Film Festival, Frederick, MD, USA, 27-29 Jun
- ASIFA-SF 3rd Annual Spring Show, Randall Jr. Museum, San Francisco, USA, 22 Jun
- Audiovisual Abstractions. Max Hattler's Doctorate in Fine Art Exhibition, Moving Image Research Centre, University of East London, London, UK, 19-24 Jun
- Fest Anca, Zilina, Slovakia, 18-22 Jun (Profile: Max Hattler)
- Strawberry Shorts, Cambridge, UK, 6 Jun
- Kurz & Knapp, Basel, Switzerland, 31 May
- 12th Kinofilm International Short Film Festival, Manchester, UK, 31 May
- Caostica, Bilbao, Spain, 28 May - 2 Jun
- Kurz & Knapp, Bern, Switzerland, 22 May
- Backup_Festival, Weimar, Germany, 21-25 May
- Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Caracas, Venezuela, 14 May (lecture)
- Derapage, Cinematheque Quebecoise, Montreal, Canada, 6 May
- Kurzfilmtage Thalmässing, Germany, 2-3 May
- Kurz & Knapp, Baden, Switzerland, 1 May
- Kurz & Knapp, St. Gallen, Switzerland, 1 May
- Kurz & Knapp, Kraftfeld, Winterthur, Switzerland, 30 Apr
- School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 28 Apr (lecture)
- 57th San Francisco International Film Festival, SF, CA, USA, 24 Apr - 8 May
- Kurz & Knapp, Kino Xenix, Zürich, Switzerland, 23 Apr
- Kurz & Knapp, Tap Tab, Schaffhausen, Switzerland, 10 Apr
- Visual Music Award, Gelnhausen, Germany, 28 Mar (nominated for Visual Music Award)
- Kurz & Knapp, Treibhaus, Lucerne, Switzerland, 20 Mar
- KASKcinema, Ghent, Belgium, 20 Feb (lecture)
- Animated Exeter, Exeter, UK, 10-22 Feb

a very large increase in the size, amount, or importance of something over a very short period of time (preview) and shift (in the background) at erarta museum, st. petersburg, russia, 2012)
A Very Large Increase in the Size, Amount, or Importance of Something Over a Very Short Period of Time (preview) and Shift (in the background) at Erarta Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2012.

- Leeds International Film Festival, Leeds, UK, 6-21 Nov
- Opening Sub Heineken, Rinascente, Piazza Duomo, Milan, Italy, 18-21 Oct
- Big Deal No. 5, Q Park, Chinatown, London, 17 Oct (curated by Vanya Balogh & Cedric Christie)
- Animatou Festival, Geneva, Switzerland, 11 Oct (masterclass)
- Anima Festival, Cordoba, Argentina, 10-12 Oct
- onedotzero BL-NK launch, BL-NK, London, Wed 25 Sep (onedotzero Hackney Select)
- Facade Video Festival, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, 11-15 Sep
- Circuito Off, Venice, Italy, 28-31 Aug
- C the Film, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh, UK, 27 Jul - 27 Aug
- East End Film Festival, London, 3 Jul (Emerge talk)
- Schaustelle, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, 15+16 Jun (Max Hattler: Selected Works)
- Schaustelle, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany, 15 Jun (artist talk)
- Science Friction, Copenhagen, Denmark, 28 May (artist talk)
- The Animation Workshop, VIA University College, Viborg, Denmark, 21 May (artist talk)
- AniFest, Teplice, Czech Republic, 27 Apr (lecture)
- Rhythms + Visions, George Lucas Cinematic Arts Building, USC, LA, USA, 19-30 Apr
- Animatricks Animation Festival, Helsinki, Finland, 19-21 Apr
- Frenz: Art in April, Strongroom, London, UK, 17 Apr (screening/talk)
- onedotzero x Hackney House, Austin, Texas, USA, 8-11 Mar (during SXSW Interactive)
- University of East London, London, 7 Mar (Doctorate in Fine Art WIP Show)
- Royal College of Art, London, 31 Jan (talk)
a very large increase in the size, amount, or importance of something over a very short period of time (2013)

- Playgrounds Digital Arts Festival, Tilburg, NL, 22 Nov - 2 Dec (Expo Max Hattler at Gust van Dijk Project Room, preview)
- Erarta Contemporary Art Museum and Galleries as part of Multivision Festival, St. Petersburg, Russia, 4-18 Nov (preview)
a very large increase in the size, amount, or importance of something over a very short period of time (detail, 2013)

"Like something out of a science lab experiment – A Very Large Increase in the Size, Amount, or Importance of Something Over a Very Short Period of Time – we thought deserved a Special Mention for its vitality and childlike sense of play and intelligence." London International Animation Festival 2015 Abstract Film Award Jury (Jonathan Hodgson, Ton Crone, Riccardo Iacono)

"Deriving inspiration from early 20th-century visual music experiments, Hattler plays with both sound and imagery, the result of which is kaleidoscope-like images bopping, morphing and changing form to various beats." Dana Ter, Taipei Times, 2016

"... creates a series of movements through the formation, explosion, or integration of circles, revealing vacillations and variations in a virtual space." MOCA Taipei, 2016

"Taking visual cues from the worlds of molecular science and electron dynamics, this experimental animation inspires us to ponder the stranger-than-fiction nature of matter and the universe." TIFF Kids Festival 2015

"Life springs eternal from the geometrical genius of a universe we still cannot bring ourselves to understand." London International Animation Festival 2015

"A Very Large Increase in the Size, Amount, or Importance of Something Over a Very Short Period of Time attempts to merge sound and image into audiovisual oneness. Taking inspiration from early 20th century visual music experiments, this short piece employs digital animation and sound micro-editing to embody an ever-changing audiovisual creature which expresses itself through abstract shapes, sounds, movements and melodies." London Short Film Festival 2015

"a one minute trip to infinity and beyond." Karl Cohen, CineSource Magazine, 2014

"Langer Titel, kurzer Film: Mit A Very Large Increase In The Size, Amount, or Importance of Something Over a Very Short ­Period of Time erweist sich der gebürtige Ulmer Max Hattler einmal mehr als Virtuose abstrakter Animation. Auf einen Urknall lässt er Wachstums- und Wandlungsprozesse bunter Blasen folgen, selten wirkten geometrische Formen so organisch." Oliver Stenzel, Stuttgarter Nachrichten, 2015

"A satisfying indulgence in sound and visual energy, with an intriguing title." Jury Award - Animated/Experimental, Marin County Festival of Short Film & Video 2014

"Hattler’s very short films, sometimes with very long titles, pack very intense wallops." Sean Uyehara, San Francisco International Film Festival 2014

"これまで何度かMax Hattlerの作品を視聴してきて、どれも過度な装飾のないミニマルな表現が好印象であった。今回の映像は生物や宇宙の創生をイメージさせるような、ある種神秘的な印象。サウンドも心地よく、繰り返し見たくなる作品。" Kenta Torimoto, DOTMOV 2014

"In dieser explosiven Animation sind Big Bang und Chaos Theorien spielerisch in einem sich bewegenden Satz von sich verändernden Formen kombiniert." OpenEyes Filmfestival 2014

"In this explosive animation, Big Bang and chaos theories are playfully combined in a moving set of shifting forms at times reminiscent of Kandinsky’s supple painted abstractions. Max Hattler is a prolific artist who works with abstract film, video installation and audiovisual performance and is known for his kaleidoscopic, often political short films. He describes his work as ‘the space between abstraction and figuration, where storytelling is freed from the constraints of traditional narrative’." Leeds International Film Festival 2013

"Shape-shifting animation moves with the music. Entitled 'A Very Large Increase in the Size, Amount, or Importance of Something Over a Very Short Period of Time', this animation by Max Hattler offers a stunning spectacle. Max Hattler is a moving image artist based in London and Germany. A well-known figure in the animation industry, his new creations are always greeted with a reception of excitement and anticipation. Thankfully, this latest video - titled 'A Very Large Increase in the Size, Amount, or Importance of Something Over a Very Short Period of Time' - doesn't disappoint. Directed by Max, the animation was created by Sergei Dragunov, Natalia Gabis, Alexandra Krechman, Zorislava Logatcheva,
Ola Mishina, Dan Orlov, Yury Smakov, and Anna Hanna Zhdanova. The video sees a colourful shape expanding, decreasing and darting to the tune of Julien Mier. Although the concept is simple, the workload is clear from beginning to end."
Creative Bloq, 2013

"An Explosive Animation Inspired By Fractals And Chaos Theory. Beginning with a miniature Big Bang, we follow the story of an iridescent bubble bifurcating until it becomes a whole population, which then advances in its form and movement. Using a simple format and augmenting it in surprising ways, Max Hattler's A Very Large Increase in the Size, Amount, or Importance of Something Over a Very Short Period of Time draws on his pieces X (2012) and 1923 aka Heaven (2010). Though visually simpler than those previous works, this one certainly has Hattler's spacy style at its core. After Hattler's Sync won the award for Best Video Installation at St. Petersburg's Multivision Festival, the organizers asked him to collaborate with a team of Russian animators who assisted him in bringing a new work to life. As Hattler puts it, "I tried to approach the animation as a living creature. It tries to communicate with you, through abstract words and sounds. This is one of the reasons you can hear some melodies, as it's hidden in our human phrases." Once completed, the film piece debuted at the Erarta museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Julien Mier, who we previously featured in our LAYERS column, created the soundtrack, working with Hattler to synchronize sound and visuals to the ideal level. Their attention to detail made the final product an enthralling couple minutes that you'll find yourself having to play back a couple of times." Abdullah Saeed, The Creators Project, 2013

"You know the year’s shaping up to be a good one when you get not one, but two new animations from Max Hattler. The verbosely named A Very Large Increase in the Size, Amount, or Importance of Something Over a Very Short Period of Time, sees a colourful spec playfully dart, explode and expand to the sound and music of Julien Mier." Directors Notes, 2013

"Max Hattler directs another short film composed of beautifully unfolding audiovisual synergy. Impressive sound design by Julien Mier." Ventilate, 2013

"Irgendwie schön." Interfilm Blog, 2013

Directed by Max Hattler.
Animation by Ola Mishina, Anna Hanna Zhdanova, Natalia Gabis, Alexandra Krechman, Yury Smakov, Dan Orlov, Zorislava Logatcheva, Sergei Dragunov.
Sound and Music by Julien Mier.
Produced by Multivision Festival.
Supported by Goethe Institut St. Petersburg and Petersburg Computer Animation Studio.
Thanks to Daria Demchenko, Svetlana Petrova and Teresa Longo.
Versions (HD digital files):
- 2 minute film festival version
- Installation version: 2 minute main loop, stereo sound + 6-minute accompanying loops, stereo sound
Year: 2013
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