This is be the second time I have the honor to speak at i-Docs symposium in Bristol. The last time was a couple of years ago, shortly after I had finished Planet Galata, with is a (normal to me) Korsakow film but also a linear version, that was made to be screened on ARTE television. In Bristol I reported under shock how insane it is, to construct a linear documentary, and that the result of such attempt should not be named documentary but what it is: fairy tale.

This talk was very important for me. It started to take me on a thinking process, a journey that I have been on for the last couple of years. I will try to formulate as clear as I can, what I found so far on this trip: The way we tell stories.

Wed, March, 2nd, 15:45, Bristol

Talk + Discussion with JUDITH ASTON and MARIA GEMAYEL.

Short abstract of my talk.


{ Florian | 27.02.16 }





Austrian television ORF recently broadcasted a documentary which examines the future of television. For this film a team from ORF also visited the Korsakow Institute and interviewed Florian Thalhofer.

Here are some passages of the film with his statements:

 

 

MENSCHEN, DIE AUF BILDSCHIRME STARREN
– ÜBER DIE ZUKUNFT DES FERNSEHENS

Das Fernsehen ist tot! Kaum haben wir uns an soziale Netzwerke und internetfähige Smartphones gewöhnt, da ist es auch mit der Gemütlichkeit des Wohnzimmers vorbei. Das Leitmedium TV ist entthront, manche meinen sogar: dem Tod geweiht.
Tatsächlich rüstet das Fernsehen auf und wird zum Super-Medium: Hochvernetzt, sozial und interaktiv, gerne einmal in 3D, omnipräsent, multifunktional und maßgeschneidert. Die Dokumentation “Die Zukunft des TV” von Siegfried Steinlechner verortet das Fernsehen im jetzt und geht den möglichen Szenarien der Zukunft auf den Grund.

Regie
Siegfried Steinlechner


{ Elissavet | 09.12.15 }





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Small World is runs again on modern computers!

Small World was first released in 1997 and became a classic digital narrative. In many ways it is the mother (or father?) of Korsakow. It uses many of the principles that were used in Korsakow, later. 54 little stories on what it is like to grow up in a small town. It features Schwandorf, a place in provincial Bavaria, where I happened to be born. (I was actually not really born in Schwandorf, but that is a whole other story).

Free download for PC or MAC in German or English, text translated by Liza Stewart and Douglas Heingartner with the voice of my brother Christof.

http://kleinewelt.com


{ Florian | 04.11.15 }





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Talk about Korsakow and its philosophy at DocsBarcelona 2015.

 


{ Florian | 30.05.15 }





Just returned from a short trip to Brighton. I was invited by Crossover Labs and Sheffield Doc/Fest to give a one-day Korsakow workshop at the Lighthouse. The Crossover Labs guys had the brilliant idea to do a series of workshops with the leading softwares for creating interactive films. I am happy to see Korsakow among these softwares, with its unique angle. Before explaining the software, I talked quite a bit about the philosophy behind Korsakow, in contrast to the hyper linear approach of story telling in linear film and the multi linear approach of most other nonlinear story telling softwares. I made use of the combined brain-power of the workshop’s participants to understand what a story is. For quite a while I am now struggling with the question if a Korsakow film is a “story” at all. The phenomenon of a Korsakow film is for sure a narration. But is it a story?

 


{ Florian | 01.12.14 }





I like it.


{ Florian | 11.06.14 }





Florian is in Olomuc, a small town in Czech Republic to help filmmakers to develop their idea for a scientific documentary and give them more understanding for how narratives can be built for the internet. He tries to help to make the right decisions for the future.

The training program Camp 4 Science is a part of industry program of Academia Film Olomouc that currently ranks among top European festivals focusing on science documentaries.

 


{ Elissavet | 16.04.14 }





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GELD.GR and Forgotten Flags are shown at Georgia State University’s 2CI New Media Research Cluster – two Korsakow films by Berlin-based artist Florian Thalhofer at the 2014 Atlanta Film Festival’s SOUND + IMAGE event.

Thursday, April 3, 2014
at the Goat Farm Fine Arts Center


{ Florian | 15.04.14 }





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After my gig at MIT at the end of 2013 I was asked for a couple (!) of interviews. After the interview about Planet Galata by Mine Gencel Bek, that was published in Turkish here comes the second interview, this time about Nonlinear Narration and Korsakow in general. Thanks to Jeffrey R. Young!

 


{ Florian | 05.02.14 }





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Photo by Giuliana Cucinelli

Dec 2nd + 3rd, 2013.
10am – 5pm

This is the last stop on Florian Thalhofer’s short Korsakow tour of North America.

Thanks to Myriam Rafla of the Korsakow-Institut for coordinating, and to all our hosts: Ben Miller at Georgia State, Brenda Longfellow at York University, and William Uricchio and Giuliana Cucinelli at MIT.


{ Florian | 02.12.13 }





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Socially Engaged Documentary and The Web
Panel at RIDM – Montreal International Documentary.

MODERATOR
Patricia Bergeron

GUESTS
Chris Dymond(Sheffield Crossover Labs), Remco Vlaanderen (Submarine), Philippe Lamarre (TOXA) and
Florian Thalhofer (Korsakow)

Monday November 18 th 2013/ 1pm/ Headquarters.Tickets here.


{ Florian | 18.11.13 }





© korsakow.tv | Project "The Money and the Greek" http://dgudg.de 2012

We’re delighted to report that GELD.GR – Money and the Greeks (2012) by Florian Thalhofer has been selected for this year’s Montreal International Documentary Festival (Recontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal, or RIDM). We are very happy that an other Korsakow-Film, Ceci N’est Pas Embres (2012) by Matt Soar, is also selected for the same festival.

 

Montreal International Documentary Festival
Montreal, Canada
Nov 13-24, 2013

 

Public screening
GELD.GR & Ceci N’est Pas Embres by Matt Soar
Sun. Nov. 17, 2013 at 5 pm tickets here.


{ Florian | 12.11.13 }





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Together with Judith Aston from i-Docs Florian Thalhofer is lecturing at the Interactive Documentary Workshop which takes place at the Freiburger Film Forum.

May 9th, 2013
9 – 12:30 hrs

UPDATE: Great article by Judith Aston about the discussion that came out of the venue.


{ Florian | 08.05.13 }





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Florian Thalhofer and Matt Soar will be presenting at the HASTAC 2013 conference (York University, Toronto, April 25-28th). Our panel on Korsakow filmmaking (Sunday 10.30am) also features Midi Onodera and Mél Hogan. (Florian and Matt will also be available for advice and consultation in the demo area at 1.30pm on Friday.) Hope to see some of you there!


{ Florian | 06.04.13 }





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Sigrid Skarpelis-Sperk, Nikos Marantidis and the audience will discuss excerpts of the Korsakow-Film “GELD.GR – Money and the Greeks”.

In cooperation with TV100 and the Filmfestival Thessaloniki

Participatory Live Talk-Show
Wednesday, 27th, March 2013, 20.00 hrs
Kino Olympion
Aristotelous Platz 10, 54623 Thessaloniki
German + Greek

More info { Greek | German }


{ Florian | 26.03.13 }





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{ Florian | 01.03.13 }





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From today on, the Korsakow-Film ‘GELD.GR – Money and the Greeks’ is available to view online. It is the 3rd part of the ‘Money and the Greeks’ project.

So far there are three lanuages available:

(We are working on an English version).

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Part of the project are also a Korsakow-Installation, and a Korsakow-Show.


{ Florian | 02.02.13 }





We are very happy to hear that GELD.GR and Planet Galata are both selected for the 30th International Environmental Film Festival (FIFE) in France. January 16th to March 12th 2013.


{ Florian | 09.01.13 }





Intensive 5-day Korsakow-Workshop @ Inter-Agir.
Led by Florian Thalhofer, the inventor of Korsakow.

Rio de Janairo, Brazil, November 14 – 18, 2012


{ Elissavet | 15.11.12 }





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Version 2.0 of the Korsakow-Installation of “Greek And The Money” is shown at 29th Kasseler Dokfest.

Nov 13 – 18, 2012


{ Elissavet | 13.11.12 }





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KORSAKOW.TV (KORSAKOW-SHOW)

On Oct 22nd the 1st Korsakow-Show of “Greek and the Money” took place at the Goethe-Institut in Athens.


{ Florian | 04.11.12 }





Questions by Leda Galanou for flix.gr

Why do you believe it is important that the viewer actively participates in an art project or a discussion of any kind, instead of simply listening to arguments or narrations?

Many brains are more intelligent than one brain. This is a simple fact. I very much believe that the answers to the questions, the solutions to the problems are already available. It is not one brilliant mind that knows and spits out the solution. It is the combined mind of the people that harbors the knowledge. But of course it is not an easy task to access this wisdom. In today’s media it is all about having a competition between different opinions to find the winner, as if this winner than knows what to do. We all have to participate, listen and share and take some of the responsibility. I try to use computers to visualize and enable us to understand multiple realities. In this endeavor the brains of the people are of crucial importance. I don’t want an audience that shuts up and listens. I want an audience that participates in the thinking-process.

What are, in your opinion, the cultural elements which the Greek and German people of today have in common, and which are those which separate them?

Also among Germans there are many different cultures. I myself grew up in the south, my wife grew up in the north. People from the north of Germany are different from people in the south. Same goes for the west, the east, the center. There are 16 different states in Germany, each proud to have a different culture. So if you put all that together and say this is the German culture what is the difference to the Greek? Well I would say: German people for a few years experienced a very strong economy, which seems to be good for building up confidence. Greek people experienced a very weak economy for the last couple of years. That makes the main difference. Greeks and Germans are both Europeans, that is what they have in common.

How can the audience participation in a “Korsakow Show” be described, except for the fact that they determine the subject of discussion?

Basically the subject of discussion is given. We will talk about “money and the greek”. There are video-clips (interviews and short narrations collected by me and my partner Elissavet in two travels across Greece) and there are two thinkers (Dionyssis Kavvathas from Greece and Claus Leggewie from Germany) on stage. These are the ingredients of the show. The ingredients were carefully picked (also with the help of hundreds of people that helped preselecting the video-material) and now the audience is guiding the talk. They can vote which video-clip should be seen or which of the thinkers should be heard. The audience can comment on different levels. The show is a cooking-pot, and the audience is the cook. There is not one message or goal other than maybe: “Think productively.”

What is it, in your opinion, that the Greek audience can gain from such an intimate communication with their German counterparts instead of, for example, with the people of another country in financial crisis?

This show is not only for a Greek audience. We want to show it in Germany as well and maybe in other countries. I hope that it helps building a better understanding for each other, and bringing the stereotypes more in sync with reality.

Could the “Korsakow Show” be described as a transmedia project, since it develops in multiple platforms simultaneously?

For many years I have used computers as my medium to create narrations or narrative projects. I grew up with computers and in my opinion it makes so much more sense, to use the logic and structure of computers to build narrations, than other usually much more linear and mono-dimensional formats. We are at the beginning of a new era of understanding and discussing the reality around us. Computers are crucial to discuss and understand this new level of complexity. This is beautiful, it is like entering a new world. I am experimenting with this new formats. I don’t know how this formats are called. I call them “Korsakow”.

What was your own impression from your journey in Greece last year, what kind of memories did you collect?

People are wonderful. Greece is beautiful. I am proud to be European. The rest is in video-clips – come and see for yourself on Monday at the Goethe-Institut!

The Korsakow-Show “Was ist. geld.gr” takes place at the Goethe-Institut in Athens:
Oct 22, 2012, 20:30 h
Goethe-Institut Athen, Omirou 14-16, Athen


{ Elissavet | 22.10.12 }





Florian Thalhofer gave a radio- interview on his current Korsakow-Project “The Money and the Greek” at the well known Deutschlandradio Kultur.

Here you can listen to the interview here, which was conducted
on
July 23rd
11:40 a.m.

 


{ Stephanie Riecker | 23.07.12 }





The Money and the Greek” is the latest project of korsakow.tv, directed by Florian Thalhofer. It is still in the making and people are invited to preview selected raw-material and rate and discuss the material. You can either do that online or at special life-venues.

Our next Live-Preview we be held on

July 18
7 p.m.
@FilmCafé Berlin

Schliemannstrasse 15
Berlin

Looking forward to see you there!

 


{ Stephanie Riecker | 17.07.12 }





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“The Money and the Greek” is the latest project of korsakow.tv, directed by Florian Thalhofer in cooperation with the Goethe-Institute Athens.

The Opening of the Video-Installation will be held on
July 12th
8 p.m.
at Beton 7

Pydnas 7, Votanikos, 11855 Athens

The Installation will be open until 08th of September
3 p.m.-11 p.m. daily


{ Stephanie Riecker | 09.07.12 }





The Money and the Greek” is the latest project of korsakow.tv, directed by Florian Thalhofer. It is still in the making and people are invited to preview selected raw-material and rate and discuss the material. You can either do that online or at special life-venues.

Our next Live-Preview we be held on

July 7
7 p.m.
@ Gaudycafé Berlin

 

Gaudystrasse 1
Berlin


{ Stephanie Riecker | 05.07.12 }





The Money and the Greek” is the latest project of korsakow.tv, directed by Florian Thalhofer. It is still in the making and people are invited to preview selected raw-material and rate and discuss the material. You can either do that online or at special life-venues.

The next Live-Previews will be held in Athens

June 22/23/24
8 p.m.
@Beton7
7, Pydnas St.,
Votanicos

 


{ Stephanie Riecker | 21.06.12 }





“The Money and the Greek” is the latest project of korsakow.tv, directed by Florian Thalhofer. It is still in the making and people are invited to preview selected raw-material and rate and discuss the material. You can either do that online or at special life-venues.

The 4th Live-Preview takes place in Berlin:
Wednesday, June 20th 2012
7 p.m.

Time has changed to 6 p.m.!

Please spread the word..

FilmArche
Schlesische Strasse 26, Berlin


{ Stephanie Riecker | 14.06.12 }





Help making this film!

THE MONEY AND THE GREEK

An appraisal by Florian Thalhofer – Co-production of the Goethe-Institute Athens with the Korsakow-Institute

End of 2011 and beginning of 2012 the media artist and documentary filmmaker Florian Thalhofer travelled Greece together with his friend Elissavet Aggou. They conducted numerous interviews and collected data for a new multiple Korsakow-project that Thalhofer is realizing in a co-production with the Goethe-Institute Athens.

Right now, the video-material is endued with rough cuts and subtitles. And it is already published online! You have the opportunity to rate and comment it – and to win a trip to Athens! Your comments are essential! You decide on what material we will continue to work.

Decide, which clips will make it into the Korsakow-film and which clips will be presented in the live shows. In your opinion: whose voice is notably important? Which statements impress, which points of view do you miss in the regular media? Rate, leave a comment – Your selection will influence the further discussion!

HOW IT WORKS

  1. Register here!
  2. You’ll be provided access to the clips which you can rate. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to leave comments.

WHAT IS MY OUTCOME

  1. Win a trip to either join the opening in Athens or come to Berlin and visit the artist! Among all the Korsakow-reviewers (who submit more than 15 rankings) we will raffle off a trip to join the premiere in Athens. We cover your flight and hotel expenses for 2 nights.
  2. If you rate more than 15 clips, you will be mentioned in the films credits.

Find more information on the website of the project!

So far, the website is in German and Greek only, but we are working on an English version as well! Some of the interviews are in English already..


{ Stephanie Riecker | 05.06.12 }





This question came up a couple of times recently:

Can I embed a Korsakow-Film into WordPress?

Yes, you can. Please use this code:

<iframe src="http://planetgalata.com/korsakow/en/" frameborder="no" align="top" width="720" height="400"></iframe>


Change "http://planetgalata.com/korsakow/en/" with the URL of your Korsakow-Film. Adjust width and height.

If you need a place to put your Korsakow-film we can host it for you.

 

 


{ Florian | 18.05.12 }





Lecture by Florian Thalhofer about Korsakow, Planet Galata and linear vs. nonlinear storytelling. ...

 

DOKVILLE 2012: Vom Dokumentarfilm leben

Branchentreff Dokumentarfilm

 

Louis-Bührer-Saal, Uhlandstrasse 10, Ludwigsburg

May 4th, 11:00 – 13:00 hrs

 

Bericht über den Vortrag.

 


{ Stephanie Riecker | 17.04.12 }





Lecture by Florian Thalhofer about Korsakow, Planet Galata and linear vs. nonlinear storytelling.

Freie Universität

Takusstrasse 39, Berlin
April 12th, 14:00 – 16:00 hrs


{ Stephanie Riecker | 11.04.12 }





Lecture by Florian Thalhofer about Korsakow, Planet Galata and linear vs. nonlinear storytelling.

FACHHOCHSCHULE MAINZ | STUDIENGANG MEDIEN-DESIGN | ZEITBASIERTE MEDIEN

March 21st, 18:00 – 20:00 hrs


{ Stephanie Riecker | 20.03.12 }





 

Help making this film!

Crude audio, coarse cuts and unwanted switches of the camera – rarely any filmmaker adventures himself to the public at this early state of production, requesting feedback.

But this is exactly what Florian Thalhofer is doing: he is requesting active assistance for his new Korsakow-project “The Greek and the Money” (working title). The rough-cut interview-sequences are now visible on vimeo as raw-material. View them, evaluate and comment them!

All ratings and comments will be analysed and have an impact on which scenes will make it into the film. Therefore every single rating and comment is helpful.

Together with his Greek girlfriend, the German documentary-filmmaker travelled through Greece in order to talk to people about cause and effect of the crisis. They conducted about 30 hours with interviews. In a first step this material has been reduced to an amount of about 4,5 hours. This raw-material is now available as 203 short video-clips, rough-cut and subtitled on vimeo.

This will lead to a Korsakow-film of about 70 minutes length, premiere will be in Athens in June 2012. Besides the Korsakow-film a Korsakow-Show and a Korsakow-Installation will arise.

A project of korsakow.tv and the Goethe-Institute Athens.

 

Become Pro-Reviewer:

If you want to view and rate a minimum of 30% of the material, please send us an email to preview@dgudg.de. We will provide you a list with opportunity to leave a more detailed evaluation. All Pro-Reviewers will be mantioned in the film’s credits.

 

Become active – get involved in making this film!


{ Stephanie Riecker | 08.03.12 }





LMU, Institut für Volkskunde/Europäische Ethnologie
presents in collaboration with
Akademie der Bildenden Künste München

Public talk by Florian Thalhofer
Planet Galata and the Korsakow System
about the free and the unfree narration
{ the talk will be in English }

Akademie der Bildenden Künste München
06.02. 2012 | 19:00 lecture studio i-crew A.02.63


{ Florian | 02.02.12 }





13terShop - new interface!

13terShop is a webdoc about Roland Center, a shopping mall in Bremen. Roland Center was one of the first shopping malls built in Germany in 1972, which is by coincidence the same year, the two authors (Florian Thalhofer and Kolja Mensing) were born. Thalhofer and Mensing lived for 31 days in the shopping mall and portrayed the regular visitors of the shopping-mall, as well as the people running it.

13terShop was originally published in 2007 on the internet and as a book/DVD. The updated version provides improved video-quality and the possibility to few this Korsakow™-film full screen.

Check it out: 13terShop.de {German with English subtitles}


{ Florian | 10.06.11 }





It gets even better. I am also on a panel in NYC with two fascinating guys: Fred Ritchin and Jonathan Harris – everyone keeps telling me that this evening will be really amazing!


I’m not a documentary but I play one on the internet: a panel on interactive documentary

Sunday, May 1 at 8:30pm $9 suggested donation.
Artists Florian Thalhofer, Fred Ritchin and Jonathan Harris present for discussion along with curators Hanne-Lovise Skartveit and André Valentim Almeida.

It all happens at UNIONDOCS!

UPDATE:
Right after the panel discussion (which was amazing) a text-message reached Fred Ritchin: “Dad, when are you coming home? And: Osama is dead.”


{ Florian | 25.04.11 }





3 hour talk (my longest talk ever) at Newschool.

April 27th, 2011,
2 West 13th, Room 1204
1 pm

 


{ Florian | 25.04.11 }





i-Docs is a lab/symposium dedicated to the rapidly evolving field of interactive documentary. A day in Bristol where the makers and explorers of web-based-documentaries meet. I have the honor to give the last talk of the day. I will talk about Planet Galata and how ARTE television forced me to make a linear film. Planet Galata exists in two versions: There is a Korsakow-film forever on the internet and a linear Film, that was broadcasted on television on a day in autumn last year. I might be the only person in the world that ever made his first linear film for television with a background of pure nonlinear filmmaking. From my perspective it look like that: Linear film is a monster that demands it sacrifices – it forces the author to get rid of protagonists, and it makes him lie – all that for the sake of fitting the film’s truth. I can prove that – I will prove that in my talk!

On the way to Bristol.

This is the second time will I give that talk. The first time was at Matt Soar’s class in Montreal a couple of weeks ago. In that talk everything went wrong, that could go wrong. Technically. Looking forward for version 2!

i-Docs 2011 will be held at the Watershed Media Centre in Bristol.

March 25th, 2011, 16:20 – 18:00 hrs


{ Florian | 17.03.11 }





PlanetGalata

„The Art Of Flying“ – „Der Traum vom Fliegen“ is the title of a big exhibition, that takes place at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin. „Everyone has the capacity to fly“ take your chance and fly with Ingold Airlines to Istanbul and visit the people of Planet Galata. Departure weekdays (except Tuesdays) from 11am to 7pm.

Haus der Kulturen der Welt, March 3rd – Mai 8th.

www.planetgalata.com


{ Florian | 03.03.11 }