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Korsakow Syndrome
{ Korsakow Syndrom }

Florian Thalhofer

Almost All About Alcohol

2000, (Korsakow-film)

Made at the University of the Arts, Berlin

German and EnglisH (MIXED)



Korsakow Syndrom


[Korsakow documentary, approx. 360 minutes]

People drink alcohol. Most of them love it.

The Korsakow Syndrome is the first Korsakow-film ever and also the name giver of the Korsakow-System Software. It is a non-linear and interactive film about alcohol. Florian Thalhofer made it in 2000 as his final piece at the University of the Arts in Berlin in the class of Prof. Joachim Sauter.

In 2000 Thalhofer bought his first video camera and interviewed friends and other people he met about alcohol. He started this project at the UCLA in California where he was visiting student for some time. He recorded interviews in Los Angeles, New York, Berlin and Regensburg and wrote little stories about alcohol. It is a film about alcohol, not about alcoholism (as you can read sometimes). There is an interview with a medical doctor (Dr. Jörg Nützel) – who explains the what alcohol can do to your body. Part of the film is also Jim Avignon's famous vodka-concert that he kindly gave for this film (three days before the film was released). At this show Jim had a shot of vodka before each song and it all ended pretty much the way you would think it would end.

Thalhofer used computer-technology to organize the video-material which was pretty amazing new at that time and he did so in programming a database system without even knowing what a database was.

The Korsakow Syndrome was Thalhofers first video-based work and the the first computer software he wrote.

The Korsakow Syndrome contains about 6 hours of video, so it is not very likely that there are many people who have seen it all. Nevertheless it won lots of prizes (actually at every festival it was submitted to). Unfortunately it was quite costly to send it around as it had to be sent on a hard-dive as it was too big for a DVD.


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