2015-11 small world

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.


{ Florian | 04.11.15 }


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 }


Mine Gencel Bek met Florian in Boston and did an interview with him about Planet Galata. It was pubished on t24 in Turkish.

{ Florian | 17.12.13 }

© 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 }


I am currently preparing for a Korsakow-Talk at Biennale III in Frankfurt. Well, I talk about Korsakow all the time, but this time I will structure my talk in Korsakow. For that I sliced all my resent talks into small pieces and the audience will vote on what they want to see. This will be the third time this kind of talk will be performed, after Montreal and Athens both in 2010. Technically a bit tricky, it is fun, it is deep, it is an other Korsakow-experiment {in German}!

»Korsakow – ein alternatives, nicht-lineares Erzählsystem« Lecture mit Florian Thalhofer
Freitag, 1. November 2013, 12:30 – 13:30 Uhr im Frankfurter Kunstverein.

{ Florian | 28.10.13 }

Forgotten Flags

Forgotten Flags / Vergessene Fahnen will be shown in Berlin at Dabei sein ist alles? Partizipation zwischen Schein und Sein a venue of GIZ (German Society for International Cooperation). Forgotten Flags is a Korsakow-film by Florian Thalhofer, examining Germans and their relation to the flag. Filmed in the fall of 2006, half a year after the soccer world-cup in Germany changed the visibility of German flags in Germany for good.

August 31st, 2013

GIZ-Haus Berlin
Reichpietschufer 20
10785 Berlin

{ Florian | 20.08.13 }


GELD.GR at Sheffield Doc/Fest. GELD.GR is nominated for the Innovation Award.
June 12 – 16, 2013

More info.

{ Florian | 10.06.13 }


Florian Thalhofer talks about Korsakow and his Korsakow-films at DOK.forum which is part of DOK.fest Munich.

May 10, 2013
11.00 hrs // Rotes Kino

{ Florian | 09.05.13 }


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 }


More info {German} {Romanian}

{ Florian | 28.02.13 }


Very lifely Korsakow-Show on the topic of ‘Migration’ at the National Romanian Library. Guest Experts on stage were former science minister and now adviser to the president Dr. Daniel Funeriu and political scientist and migration researcher Dr. Uwe Hunger. The Korsakow-Show is part of the ongoing project Germania Transfer.

Biblioteca Națională a României, Bd. Unirii, nr. 22, București.
26. February 2013 – 19:00 p.m.




Korsakow Institut Goethe Institut Bucharest DAAD Soros Foundation

{ Florian | 26.02.13 }


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).


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 }

Bild: Kasseler Dokumentarfilm- und Videofest / Sven Heine

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

{ Florian | 04.11.12 }


Das LoveStoryProject im Rahmen der StoryDrive Konferenz.

LoveStoryProject@StoryDrive from Korsakow on Vimeo.

Sa. 13. Okt 2012, Buchmesse Frankfurt
10:30 – 11:30
Korsakow-Show / multimediale Lesung

Die Geschichte der Liebe ist so alt wie die Menschheit selbst – und doch wird sie immer weiter erzählt. Über die Liebe nachzudenken ist heute genauso paradox wie es gestern war oder morgen sein wird. Und doch wird immer wieder versucht dem Geheimnis der Liebe auf den Grund zu gehen – in wissenschaftlichen Studien, in Literatur, im Film…

Die Korsakow Show „LoveStoryProject“ geht seit 2002 ihren ganz eigenen Weg. Sie verbindet unterschiedliche Medienformate, kurze Erzählsequenzen, sammelt Stimmen aus aller Welt und verbindet sie in Live-Performances mit den Meinungen ihres Publikums. Im Rahmen des StoryDrive Festivals schlägt Florian Thalhofer, Medienkünstler und Initiator des „LoveStoryProjects“, ein neues Kapitel auf.

Videosequenzen und Kurzinterviews, aufgenommen in Berlin, Bremen, Dublin, Kairo, New York und Singapur bilden die Grundlage. Eine interaktive Lesung von den Autoren Fee Katrin Kanzler und Norbert Scheuer ergänzen die außergewöhnliche Multimedia-Show. Das Publikum moderiert – via Laserpointer und SMS.

Das Ergebnis ist eine interaktive Show und eine einzigartige Geschichte der Liebe.


Fee Katrin Kanzler, Die Schüchternheit der Pflaume, Frankfurter Verlagsanstalt
Norbert Scheuer, Peehs Liebe, CH Beck
Florian Thalhofer, Medienkünstler & Erfinder der Korsakowshow

{ Florian | 10.10.12 }

Florian Thalhofer comments on stupid comments of German politicians in an interview by Joana Ortmann on Bavarian radio B2, broadcasted August 9th, 2012:

You can listen to it here {in German language}.


{ Elissavet | 15.08.12 }

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

August 2nd | 7 p.m.
Körper- und Bewegungszentrum Elissavet Aggou
Ohlauer Strasse 3, 3. OG
10999 Berlin

Looking forward to see you there!

{ Stephanie Riecker | 31.07.12 }

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
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

Looking forward to see you there!


{ Stephanie Riecker | 17.07.12 }


“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

{ 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.
7, Pydnas St.,


{ 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..

Schlesische Strasse 26, Berlin

{ Stephanie Riecker | 14.06.12 }

Help making this film!


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!


  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.


  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 }

Florian Thalhofer was in hospital recently. During that time he wrote an article about the art of non-linear thinking. This article is now published with “Schnitt – Das Filmmagazin” Issue #66. Soon available everywhere you can buy newspapers and magazines (in Germany).

{The article is in German language.}


{ Stephanie Riecker | 11.04.12 }

Florian Thalhofer is travelling in Greece, collecting more material and writing essayistic texts for his new Korsakow-Project “The Greek and the Money”, which he is realizing in collaboration with the Goethe-Institute Athens.

Read about the situation in Greece on Florian Thalhofer’s  Blog.

{ Stephanie Riecker | 31.03.12 }

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

University of Applied Sciences

March 22nd, 14:00 – 16:00 hrs

{ Stephanie Riecker | 21.03.12 }

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


March 21st, 18:00 – 20:00 hrs

{ Stephanie Riecker | 20.03.12 }


Third rough cut preview and scene-election takes place on:
Tuesday, March 20th 2012, 7 pm
Kottbusser Damm, Berlin


Limited seats available, please register:

{ Stephanie Riecker | 08.03.12 }


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 }

28th of February, 8 pm at the Korsakow-Institute: Interested people are invited to participate, think along and assist in the making of the most recent Korsakow-project.

Together with the filmmaker, the guests spend three diverting hours viewing the raw material – in the midst of the project’s process of realization. Fourteen people are present. Germans and Greeks with different backgrounds. The rough-cut interview-sequences are successively projected, the individual ratings and comments are noted down by the audience after every single clip.

Diving into the debate, the guests evaluate what’s being said according to criteria such as content or personal aspects. Different people like different things for different reasons, at times the debate is intense. But this is desired: It’s an experiment. Thalhofer opens his raw material to an interested crowd, asking for opinions, perceptions, is thrilled about the combined brain-power, the inspiring discussion and talking heads.

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

The day after this first successful presentation the results are appraised. Thalhofer is analyzing the various ratings and comments that his guests have noted down. We are all happy about the participants’ enthusiasm and their help in making this Korsakow-project – already thinking of a soonish second rough-cut preview.


{ Stephanie Riecker | 01.03.12 }

Greece is in crisis, Europe is in crisis

How do people feel in Greece? How do they experience the crisis? How did it happen and how to live with it? What needs to be learned – or can the crisis even be a chance?

Together with his Greek girlfriend, Florian Thalhofer traveled through Greece, conducting many interviews. Based on this material, a complex and multilayered project is arising. You can participate in this early stage of production and take influence on which scenes will become part of the documentary. Vote your favorite scenes into this Korsakow-film.

First rough cut preview and scene-election takes place on:
Tuesday, February 28th 2012, 8 pm
Kottbusser Damm, Berlin


Limited seats available, please register:

{ Stephanie Riecker | 27.02.12 }

Internet, wie haben Sie das gemacht?

Wie nährt sich die heutige Arbeit von Filmschaffenden durch das Internet? – Werkstattgespräch mit Florian Thalhofer, Mathilde Henrot, Romuald Karmakar, Julien Marsa und Andreas Wildfang.

16. Februar 2012 | 15 Uhr
Deutschen Kinemathek Berlin

Weitere Informationen finden Sie hier.

{ Stephanie Riecker | 02.02.12 }

Anja C. Wagner kenne ich aus dem Internet. Scheinbar haben wir uns auch schon mal in der richtigen Welt getroffen, aber das haben wir wieder vergessen. Anja C. Wagner beschäftigt sich auch beruflich mit dem Netz und nun hat sie mich eingeladen, einen echten Internet-Vortrag vor einer kleinen, ausgewählten Internet-crowd halten. Für mich war es eine ganz besondere Erfahrung, nicht nur weil ich selten auf deutsch über das rede, was mich beschäftigt (Korsakow&Co), sondern auch, weil ich am Ende des Vortrags die Kopfhörer abnahm und plötzlich wieder in meinem kleinen Atelier in Berlin war. Schade, ich wäre gerne noch mit den Leuten, die mich eingeladen haben, zu einem Italiener gegangen. So wie sonst. Der Vortrag ist jetzt online, vielleicht interessiert es ja den einen oder anderen da draussen: Florian Thalhofer zu interaktiver Narration mittels Korsakow, ein wenig verwirrt und auf deutsch: hier.

{ Florian | 23.12.11 }

Man sieht es in den Nachrichten, man hört es im Radio, man liest es in der Zeitung: Griechenland hat kein Geld, Griechenland steckt in der Krise. Und mit den Griechen steckt ganz Europa in der Krise, denn geht Griechenland pleite, droht die Pleite Portugals, Spaniens, Italiens. Der Euro ist bedroht, die Idee des geeinten Europas ist bedroht, es droht ein Unheil apokalyptischen Ausmaßes.


Wie sehen es die Menschen in Griechenland? Wie erleben sie die Krise? Wie kam es zu dieser Krise und wie lebt es sich damit? Wie erleben die Griechen die Deutschen und umgekehrt? Was kann man lernen – oder kann die Krise gar Chance sein?

Seit einigen Tagen ist Florian Thalhofer in Griechenland unterwegs. Für das Goethe-Institut Athen realisiert er ein neues Korsakow-Projekt zum Thema “Die Griechen und das Geld”. Zusammen mit seiner Partnerin, der Griechin Elissavet Aggou, reist er durch das krisengebeutelte Land und spricht mit den Menschen, sammelt persönliche Eindrücke, Meinungen und Stimmungen aus der griechischen Bevölkerung.

Verfolge seine Reise auf dem aktuellen Webblog: http://dgudg.de

{ Stephanie Riecker | 21.11.11 }

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 }

May 28th, 2011 at the Hellenic Film-Academy:

18:30 – 19:30 κεντρική ομιλία: FLORIAN TΗALHΕOFER « o Korsakow με έβαλε να το κάνω»

18:30  FLORIAN THALHEOFER media-artist και σκηνοθέτης ντοκιμαντέρ. Είναι ο εφευρέτης του Korsakow, ενός προγράμματος και μίας αρχής για τη δημιουργία μη-γραμμικών και διαδραστικών αφηγήσεων βάσει κανόνων. Ζει και εργάζεται στο Βερολίνο. Πρόσφατα συ-σκηνοθέτησε με την Berke Baş το “Planet Galata”, παραγωγή ARTE 2010, μία ταινία ντοκιμαντέρ για την τηλεόραση και παράλληλα μία μη-γραμμική ταινία Korsakow που διατίθεται στο διαδίκτυο. Το έργο του έχει διακριθεί με το βραβείο Literatur Digital, το Red Dot Design Award, και το Werkleitz Award κ.α.

Η ομιλία του Florian Thalhofer αφορά τις ιδέες και τη φιλοσοφία πίσω από το Korsakow, αντλώντας παραδείγματα από την προσωπική του δουλειά. Ο Thalhofer θα δώσει μία Korsakow-Ομιλία στην οποία το κοινό επιλέγει τι θέλει να ακούσει. Βασισμένη σε μία προετοιμασμένη ομιλία 4 ωρών, το κοινό έχει τη δυνατότητα να επιλέξει μέχρι 40 λεπτά.

More info here.

{ Florian | 26.05.11 }

Crossmedia Projekt von Florian Thalhofer und Berke Bas
Eine Koproduktion von Kloos & Co. Medien mit ZDF/ARTE und arte.tv mit Unterstützung von Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg.

Im Rahmen der Reihe “Die Zukunft des Dokumentarfilms” freuen wir uns, zum ersten Mal den linearen Film und die Web-Documentary in einer gemeinsamen vom Regisseur präsentierten unterhaltsamen Show zu zeigen. Sie werden Gelegenheit haben, den Reiz beider Erzählformen, deren Unterschiede und die Herausforderungen und Chancen der linearen und non-linearen Erzählweise im direkten Vergleich zu erleben. Und anschließend mit einigen der Macher des Projekts zu diskutieren.

Die Crossmedia Veranstaltung ist eine einzigartige Gelegenheit, die neue Form des intermedialen und web-basierten dokumentarischen Arbeitens kennenzulernen. Die Crossmedia-Doc-Show PLANET GALATA von Florian Thalhofer, zeigt zuerst den linearen Dokumentarfilm, um dann im Anschluss die Zuschauer im Kino in die Präsentation des interaktiven Projekts einzubinden. Mit Laserpointern können aus dem Publikum die interaktiven Elemente angesteuert werden. Auf diese Weise werden der Film und das Web-Projekt in ihren Möglichkeiten Inhalte zu transportieren direkt miteinander verglichen.
Das folgende Podiumsgespräch wird von Roderich Fabian (Bayern 2-Zündfunk) moderiert. Autor Florian Thalhofer, Produzent Stefan Kloos und Redakteurin Kathrin Brinkmann veranschaulichen die Entwicklung von Crossmedia-Projekten und diskutieren die Perspektiven solcher intermedialer Dokumentationen. Themenwahl, Umsetzungsmöglichkeiten crossmedialer Zusammenarbeit und Finanzierungsstrategien werden besprochen und Fragen des Publikums beantwortet.

SAMSTAG, 7. Mai 10h – 13h.
Tickets im Vorverkauf erhältlich www.dokfest-muenchen.de

{ Florian | 05.05.11 }

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!

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 }