It is an experiment to find like-minded people for maybe collaborate on a project in summer. We use the platform Meetup to organize these events. This is our first meeting. We are 6 people.

We watch Forgotten Flags, discuss, drink beer. More meetings are planned.


{ Florian | 26.04.18 }

Screening of 13terStock @ Focke Museum, Bremen

Together with Kolja Mensing.


{ Florian | 09.02.18 }

Screening of Forgotten Flags @ Michael Knoll, Berlin


{ Florian | 09.02.18 }

Screening of Planet Galata @ Michael Knoll, Berlin


{ Florian | 08.12.17 }

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 }

2015-04-15 Dessau

April 15, 2015 – 17:00h – Hochschule Anhalt, Dessau

30 minutes GELD.GR and 30 minutes Korsakow. How should we tell stories?

{ Florian | 08.04.15 }

I like it.

{ Florian | 11.06.14 }


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 }

Florian Thalhofer will be giving a talk on his documentary work, interactive films, and database narratives at the the 2CI New and Emerging Media Group at Georgia State University, Tuesday, November 19 from 10-11 AM.

The presentation will be held in the Digital Arts and Entertainment Lab (DAEL) theater at One Park Place on the Georgia State campus. Additionally, he will be conducting a workshop on Korsakow and interactive filmmaking at GSU later that day, from 12-6. Many thanks to Ben Miller and his team!

{ Florian | 19.11.13 }

© | Project "The Money and the Greek" 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 }

2013-10-Koscher2 (1)

The Politics and Pleasures of Food
Veranstaltungsreihe der HALLE 14
Koscher. Über die Freiheit im Verzicht und die Verlockungen verbotener Speisen am Beispiel jüdischer Speiseregeln

Screening des Korsakow-Films „Was heißt koscher für dich?“ und Gespräch mit Ruth Olshan (Regisseurin, Berlin), Dr. Mirjam Wenzel (Medienkuratorin, Jüdisches Museum Berlin) und Florian Thalhofer (Künstler und Filmemacher, Berlin)
Mi, 30. Oktober 2013, 19 Uhr

Das Essen spielt in jeder Religion eine zentrale Rolle. Ob es Speisegebote, Verhaltensregeln bei Tisch oder der Verzicht auf bestimmte Lebensmittel sind. Der von  Ruth Olshan im Auftrag des Jüdischen Museums Berlin gedrehte Korsakow-Film „Was bedeutet koscher für dich?“ (2009) widmet sich jüdischen Ernährungsregeln. In zahlreichen Interviews werden verschiedene Blickwinkel auf Speisegesetze und –rituale erkundet. Warum werden Milch und Fleisch getrennt? Wie kann man seine Speisegebote und Traditionen in einer nicht-jüdischen Gemeinschaft aufrecht erhalten? Und welche Rolle spielen Vegetarismus und organische Küche im jüdischen Speiseplan.

Dabei lässt die narrativ offene, nicht lineare Struktur des von Florian Thalhofer entwickelten Korsakows-Systems verschiedene Betrachtungsweisen zu, ohne selbst zu werten. Thalhofer entwickelte das System und das zugrundeliegende Computerprogramm 2000 für seinen Film „Das Korsakow-Syndrom“ und hat seitdem zahlreiche Filme damit gedreht. Einzelne Filmsequenzen werden dabei zu einem vom Zuschauer beeinflussbaren Ablauf zusammengefügt.

Im Gespräch stellen die Regisseurin Ruth Olshan, der Korsakow-Erfinder Florian Thalhofer und der Medienkuratorin Dr. Mirjam Wenzel vom Jüdischen Museum Berlin, Film und Thema vor.

{ 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 }


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 }



{ Florian | 01.03.13 }


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 }

Questions by Leda Galanou for

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.” 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 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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 }

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=”” frameborder=”no” align=”top” width=”720″ height=”400″></iframe>

Change "" 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 }

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 }

 “Permite que tras cada fragmento de vídeo, el ususario tenga varias opciones para continuar el visionado”

An article about Korsakow in El Pais – one of Spain’s main daily newspapers

based on an interview with Florian Thalhofer

by Irene Serrano

View the Article

{ Stephanie Riecker | 15.03.12 }


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 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 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 }

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:

{ Stephanie Riecker | 21.11.11 }