Max Hattler turns Hong Kong's high-rise housing into repetitive animations - architecture and design

Max Hattler turns Hong Kong's high-rise housing into repetitive animations



Director Max Hattler has turned a series of photos of housing estates in Hong Kong into repetitive animations to create his film Serial Parallels.
Hattler created the film to draw attention to the density and repetitiveness of the numerous housing blocks on Hong Kong Island, the Kowloon Peninsula and in the New Territories.
"What struck me most about Hong Kong when I first moved there was the extreme density and verticality of the urban landscape," Hattler told Dezeen.
"Blocks of high-rise housing estates are often built so closely together that there is literally no horizon visible anymore," he continued.
"This has been well documented by photography, most notably by the late Michael Wolf in his Architecture of Density series. I wanted to give an impression of these more extreme parts of the cityscape that exist everywhere all across Hong Kong, but in a time-based medium."
Serial Parallels formed the centrepiece of an exhibition called Receptive Rhythms, which took place at Hong Kong's Goethe-Gallery earlier this year. It is now being shown at film festivals.
Hattler hopes the animated buildings will allow viewers to see the city in a different way. He also created the animations and the film to be a criticism of the housing situation in the city.

"I think Serial Parallels can be read on different levels," said Hattler. "For a western audience used to flatter, more expansive cities, the film might seem like a Matrix-esque nigh...
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