At Leeds Trinity University, as part of the Leeds Digital Festival 2019, Florian Thalhofer will be running a workshop on Korsakow filmmaking. The workshop will be composed of an introduction to the philosophy of Korsakow, a showcase of projects and a practical session on the software. The workshop is open to everyone.

Thu, 2 May 2019
13:00 – 16:00 BST

More information

{ Florian | 29.04.19 }

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:




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.

Siegfried Steinlechner

{ Elissavet | 09.12.15 }

2015-09-18 Cluj Jim
At CLUJOTRONIC an Electro Arts and Games Festival in Cluj, Romania I had the pleasure to do a interactive show with my good friend Jim and his band Neoangin.
Sep. 18, 2015


2015-09-19 Cluj Talk
One day later I gave a talk about Korsakow at the same venue. There were actually people in the audience. The picture was taken before the talk.
Sep. 19, 2015

{ Florian | 15.10.15 }

2015-05-27 DocsBarcelona

Talk about Korsakow and its philosophy at DocsBarcelona 2015.


{ Florian | 30.05.15 }


It was my Fiat’s last journey and being an Italian car, I thought it would be neat for it to do its last trip to the country were it originated from. Well, the car did not make it, in Austria it gave up. It was towed back to Germany and the Meister at the Fiat Fachwerkstatt told us that it would not even be worth changing the oil, not talking about fixing whatever was broken. He was so kind to give us 50 € for it, which was pretty much the value of the gas in the car. No car no more.

So we arrived with a delay at Schloss Goldrain, the wonderful location for this years start of the EsoDoc sessions, where film professionals and journalists from all over Europe develop their documentary projects. My wife Elissavet accompanied me and she had a job there as well. More about that later. My job was to offer people new ways of looking at narration. This is my speciality, of course, and I enjoyed myself a lot talking about the philosophy of Korsakow. Will I get ever tired of it?


Apart from my lectures I also had the pleasure to work with participants on their projects is group-sessions, that were called think tanks. Well I don’t like tanks, but I love thinking! The participants were amazing, amazing, amazing, so I learned a lot! I also learned a lot from the other lecturers, among them Raimo Lång from Finland, I got to know him the first time and I will never forget the conversation we had late at night at the wine cellar. After an intense day we were dead tired but could not stop discussing narration.


Elissavet practiced some of her (what I sometimes call ‘witch craft’ and she calls – ) bodywork with participants of the workshop. It was a game between us, when I had to guess, with whom she had worked during the day. You could easily notice that, because of the people’s bright eyes and ideas. Sometimes I steal some of her tricks when I advice people on their projects. I can’t stop being surprised on the results.

This was a very intense week, with sessions starting in the morning and going till night. At the party at end of the week everybody was dancing wildly. 20 people from 18 different countries. My happiest moment was when an old song came up that I always listend to on my walkman, when I was 16 or 17.
The Pixies: Where is my mind?

May 3 – 8, 2015

{ Florian | 10.05.15 }

{ Florian | 17.03.15 }

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 }


It was the second time that I was invited to deliver a TSCHK! TALK. TSCHK! TAKLS have a long tradition, they take place at a very secret bar at the heart of the center of the still cool Berlin. I was quite a bit nervous. For all of you, who have seen more than one of my talks, you might have noticed, that I always say the same. This time I wrote a completely new talk, with a lot of exciting new and complicated thoughts. Unfortunately I read it all from paper, because some of the thoughts were so new to me. It was a premiere and afterwards I had to a promise to my team of advisers, that I will never read a talk off paper again (at least outside of university).

Since then I gave that talk two more times and then off the top of my head and in English, and that was really fun! The 1st German version might have been a bit dry. But we fought that dryness at the end of the evening with Tequila.

The title of the talk: “Why we should stop telling stories”.

Nov. 27, 2014
La Lupita @ Kottbusser Tor


{ Florian | 29.11.14 }

Der Dokumentarfilm ist tot, es lebe der Dokumentarfilm

Der Dokumentarfilm ist mehr denn je das Medium der Stunde, um die gesellschaftlichen, politischen, wirtschaftlichen und ganz individuellen Entwicklungen in intensive filmische Erzählungen umzusetzen. Denn es geht immer darum, emotional zu verstehen, welche Auswirkungen die Veränderungen der Welt auf uns und unsere Kulturen haben. Dokumentarfilme gibt es in vielen Formen und Formaten, man kann sie im Internet, Fernsehen und auch im Kino sehen. Die Möglichkeiten der Finanzierung sind so vielfältig wie die Gestaltung. Über all diese Möglichkeiten gibt der vorliegende Band Auskunft, in dem ausgewiesene Praktiker zu Wort kommen und der auch neueste Trends berücksichtigt. Beiträge von Jörg Adolph, Michael Augustin, Frédéric Jaeger, Rudi Gaul, Florian Thalhofer, Kay Hoffmann, Egbert van Wyngaarden und Interviews mit Thorsten Frehse, Patrick Hörl, Julia Basler, Wim Wenders u.v.a.

Broschiert: 148 Seiten
Verlag: Schüren Verlag GmbH; Auflage: 1 (24. April 2014)
Sprache: Deutsch
ISBN-10: 3894728221
ISBN-13: 978-3894728229


{ Florian | 06.05.14 }

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 }


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

Patricia Bergeron

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 }


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 }


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 }


Florian Thalhofer in Texas – panel on nonlinear documentary at the South by Southwest® conference in Austin.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013
11:00AM -12:00PM

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{ Florian | 08.03.13 }



{ Florian | 01.03.13 }

Florian Thalhofer – Gast im Seminar “From Video Vortex to Popcorn”
21. Januar 2013 “Korsakow und nicht-lineare Videoerzählung”

– öffentliche Veranstaltung innerhalb des Seminars zu “Extended Video”

In einem Werkstattgespräch mit dem Künstler, Filmemacher und Erfinder des Korsakow-Systems, Florian Thalhofer, sprechen wir über seine Ideen, Konzepte und Erfahrungen im Zusammenhang mit dem Nicht-Linearen. Anhand von eigenen Filmen und Projekten werden in einem offenen Gespräch Themen wie nicht-lineare Narrativität, die Rolle neuer Spielräume durch digitale Medien wie auch die Bedeutung und Möglichkeiten von interaktiven Formaten im Zusammenhang mit Video-Audiences erörtert.
Gegenwärtig arbeitet Thalhofer an einem neuen Korsakow-Projekt unter dem Titel “The Money and the Greeks” (in Kollaboration mit dem Goethe-Institute Athen).
Weitere Hintergrundinformationen zu seiner Arbeit.

“From Video Vortex to Popcorn”

Montag, 21.1.13
17:00 – 18.30 Uhr
Sülztorstraße 21-25

{ Elissavet | 20.01.13 }

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.}


{ Florian | 11.04.12 }

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

University of Applied Sciences

March 22nd, 14:00 – 16:00 hrs

{ Florian | 21.03.12 }

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.

{ Florian | 02.02.12 }

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 }

Florian Thalhofer is invited to give a talk at the Professional Media Master Class in Halle.

Oct 17, 2011, 16 hrs.

{ Florian | 15.10.11 }

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 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

{ 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 }

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 }

Montreal based journalist Frédéric Dubois wrote a great article about Korsakow for the Memfest-Blog. Highly recommended!

Korsakow, from film cuts & software codes

{ Florian | 21.01.11 }


Poetics of Online Documentary at Hot Docs documentary festival in Toronto, Canada.

Maybe you’ve heard of the internet and how everybody is going to be watching documentaries online in, well, soon. But will they look like documentaries as we know them? Panelists will present samples of online works and discuss the emergence of new doc forms.

Thursday May 6 | 11:00am – 12:15pm
Location: Rogers Industry Centre.

Moderator: Ana Serrano | Director, CFC Media Lab (Canada)

Annette Bradford | Online Producer, CBC Documentary Unit, CBC (Canada)
Katerina Cizek | Director/Coordinator, HIGHRISE, National Film Board of Canada (Canada)
David Oppenheim | Head of Development / Interactive Producer, Kensington Communications Inc. (Canada)
Florian Thalhofer | Director, Korsakow (Germany)

Update: Kelly Anderson & Lindsay Gibb wrote an article about the panel.

{ Florian | 05.05.10 }


My mother is proud. I am invited to give the keynote-talk at the Documentary Now! conference in London. I will talk about storytelling, the Korsakow-way of thinking and the history of the Korsakow-System (Korsakow will turn 10 years this fall).  I will also show exepts of my Korsakow-films and explain how the world works.

Saturday 16 January | 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Birkbeck Main Building (Malet Street/Torrington Square)

{ Florian | 10.01.10 }

Es gibt die Gelegenheit, einem Vortrag von mir zu lauschen:

Mittwoch, 16.12.2009, 17:00 Uhr c.t., HFF-Raum 2115

Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen „Konrad Wolf“ Potsdam-Babelsberg
Institut für künstlerische Forschung
Marlene-Dietrich-Allee 11
D-14482 Potsdam

{ Florian | 15.12.09 }


Florian Thalhofer gives a talk in Cadiz, as part of a Workshop “TALLER DE PRODUCCIÓN DE DOCUMENTALES TEMAS SOCIALES”, oranized by EsoDoc. Also on stage: the very british documentary-producher, -maker and -teacher Hugh Purcell as well as the incredible serious Italian documentary maker Angelo Loy.

The workshop is taking place at the 41 Muestra Cinematográfica del Atlántico 2009.

15 Y 16 de septiembre de 2009

Centro Cultural Reina Sofía.
Salón de actos
Paseo de Carlos III, 9
11003, Cádiz

{ Florian | 14.09.09 }

{ Florian | 02.08.09 }

Feb 12 – Apr 2, 2008

Florian Thalhofer: I-Story Box

Installation, Screenings and Lectures

17. – 28.2.08

N.Delhi: 17.-19.2.08
Bangalore: 21.-22.2.08
Kolkata: 24.-25.2.08
Mumbai: 27.-28.2.08
In a series of events, the German documentary filmmaker and media artist Florian Thalhofer will present a selection of his interactive films and will talk about his unique form of expression. His works are based on the principle that in reality things occur simultaneously rather than in succession.
Florian Thalhofer has invented the [Korsakow system] (, an easy-to-use editing software which allows you to publish interactive films on- and offline to suit his particular form of expression. He is the recipient of many awards such as the literatur digital award, the reddot design award, and the Werkleitz Award.

Some of his main projects are:

[13terShop] Florian Thalhofer and Kolja Mensing spent a month in a shopping mall in Bremen to explore life in a shopping heaven.

[LoveStoryProject] The LoveStoryProject is a an ongoing Korsakow film that started in Kairo in 2002 to understand how people perceive love in different parts of the world.

[Forgotten Flags] In this project Florian Thalhofer and Juliane Henrich have tried to explore the feelings of people in Germany about the German flag post-2006 World Cup.

{ Florian | 05.02.08 }