Virtu(Re)Al Playgrounds

How to digitally expand a city


Wednesday 30.6.
Panel 1  _  10.30am – 12am > Margarete Jahrmann, Stephan Doesinger, Deepa Mann-Kler
Panel 2  _  1pm – 2.30pm > David Han, Hilda Tellioğlu, Florian Bettel, Ramón Reichert
Panel 3  _  3pm – 4.30pm > Liron Efrat, Nina Glockner, Thomas Jelinek

Thursday 1.7.
Panel 4  _  10.30am – 12am > Tobias Gremmler, Gabriella Chihan Stanley, Alex Checcetti
Panel 5  _  1pm – 2.30pm > Gabrielle de la Puente, Tom Jubert, Sophie Publig
Panel 6  _  3pm – 4.30pm > Oliver Schürer, Dr. JoAnn Kuchera-Morin, Michael Loizenbauer

Friday 2.7.
Panel 7  _  10.30am – 12am > Max Hattler, Valerie Messini, Mark H. Ramos

Panel 7

Panel 7

Friday 2.7.

10.30am – 12am > Max Hattler, Valerie Messini, Mark H. Ramos


Max Hattler   © Max Hattler 2019 by Anifilm Festival

© Anifilm Festival 2019

10.30 – 10.45am

Max Hattler

(Artist, Researcher, Curator and Educator)


Max Hattler is an artist, researcher, curator and educator who works with abstract and experimental animation, video installation and audiovisual performance. After studying in London at Goldsmiths and the Royal College of Art, he completed a Doctorate in Fine Art at the University of East London in 2014. Since then, he has been an Assistant Professor at School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong. His films have screened in festivals and exhibitions worldwide, receiving prizes from Annecy Animation Festival, Prix Ars Electronica, Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, Punto y Raya Festival, London International Animation Festival and the Visual Music Awards, among many others. Hattler has published on expanded stereoscopic approaches in experimental filmmaking and the narrative potential of abstraction in animation. He has spoken widely at international conferences such as CONFIA, the Society for Animation Studies Conference, Animafest Scanner, Ars Electronica’s Expanded Animation Symposium and the Annual China Animation Studies Conference in Chengdu. Max Hattler is the co-founder and chairman of Relentless Melt, a Hong Kong-based society established in 2017 to promote, produce and disseminate abstract and experimental animation, which regularly presents screenings in Hong Kong and internationally. He is a new media consultant for the International Animation Exhibition (Beijing) and serves on the board of directors of the iotaCenter, the programming committee of the Seeing Sound symposium for visual music (UK) and the editorial boards of Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal and Animation Practice, Process & Production.

valerie messini

10.45 – 11.00am

Valerie Messini

(Scenior Scientist WID)


Valerie Messini is a senior scientist at the Peter Weibel Research Institute for Digital Cultures at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, as well as an independent digital artist and a registered architect.
She graduated from the University of Applied Arts (studio Prix) in Vienna in 2011, with distinction.
She worked for renowned architecture firms (i.e., Snohetta [NO], Coop Himmelb(l)au [AUT], and Flying Elephant Studio [IN]) as design architect and realized several large-scale installations for the artist Eva Schlegel. In 2012, she received the Tische Scholarship from the Austrian Federal Ministry for Arts and Culture.
She co-founded 2MVD, an artistic collaboration with Damjan Minovski that focuses on combining architecture with innovations and advances in the field of digital art and technology.
Their virtual reality (VR) project “head in a cloud”, which was supported by funding for artists in the province of Bolzano, was shown in galleries and at festivals (i.e., Angewandte Innovation Lab [AIL], Vienna Design Week in Vienna, aut. architektur und tirol in Innsbruck, and GIFF – Geneva International Film Festival) repeatedly throughout 2018 and 2019.
From 2013–2017, Messini was a research assistant (Univ. Ass.) at the ./studio3 – Institute for Experimental Architecture, University of Innsbruck, where she thought multiple bachelor and master levels design courses, supervised master’s theses as well as organized multiple excursions and events, reaching from students exhibitions to lecture series and symposia (i.e. 15 years tangible utopias). From 2018–2019, she became a senior lecturer at the ./studio3 – Institute for Experimental Architecture, University of Innsbruck, teaching seminars about VR and novel digital artistic strategies. Valerie is currently writing her PhD “void set – about emptiness in virtual space” supervised by Peter Weibel.

Mark Ramos   ©  Mark Ramos

© Mark H. Ramos

11.00 – 11.15am

Mark H. Ramos

(Brooklyn-based New Media Artist)


Mark H. Ramos is a Brooklyn-based new media artist.  Mark is deeply committed to the ethos of open source: the free sharing of information and data + creative uses of technology.  His work is engaged with democratizing the worlds of art and technology through community and individual empowerment via the means of technological production.  Mark makes fragile post-colonial technology using the mediums of physical computing (using computers to sense and react to the physical world), web/software programming and digital sculpture to create interactive work that facilitate encounters with our own uncertain digital futures. 
Mark has exhibited his work locally both in New York City and San Francisco, including the inaugural exhibition of Arsenal Gallery in Brooklyn and as part of multiple exhibitions at Artist Television Access and internationally in Europe and Asia.  
He is an adjunct faculty member at the School of Visual Arts and Hunter College.
You can also find him playing drums for various bands in Brooklyn.