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Moleskine in Mecca

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Writers need to get out of the house.

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Inexpensive Pens With Good Ink

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Sleepless in NY

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Japan sketchbook

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Featured Artist: Gordon Cheung

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Be Happy

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1000 Stories: On The Road meets The Motorcycle Diaries

GERMAN FILMMAKER SAYS: "AMERICANS WANTED" AS HE EMBARKS ON TRIP TO GATHER 1000 STORIES On The Road meets The Motorcycle Diaries, remixed for the 21st century NEW YORK (September 17)– The Goethe-Institut New York, a branch of the Federal Republic... Read More

LCERAND@gmail.com). The Goethe-Institut New York is located at 1014 Fifth Avenue at 83rd Street, tel. (212) 439-8700.

Starting in New York on October 1, Florian Thalhofer, a
new-media artist and documentary filmmaker from Berlin, will travel all
over the United States by motorcycle (provided by BMW), while U.S.
filmmaker Mark Simon will travel throughout Germany by car. During
their month-long journeys, each filmmaker will write about his
experiences, collect stories, and conduct interviews, posted daily as a
video weblog, or "vlog," at

Their route will be determined by interested folks in the U.S. and in
Germany who reply to their "Americans wanted"/ "Germans wanted" online
ad. Readers are invited to get in touch via 1000stories.com

to suggest itineraries and potential interview candidates and to
comment on the project. Members of the media can download hi-res
photographs, etc. at


fall, as Americans celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jack Kerouac’s On
the Road, a paean to the restless spirit and innate desire to explore
the unknown that thread their way through popular culture, a German
filmmaker embarks on a "social experiment" that marries this legacy
with technological innovation and harnesses the best of social media to
determine and document his experience.  Influences such as Easy Rider,
jazz, and abstract expressionism will become even more apparent as we
discover what lies at the heart of America and how it continues to
evolve today.

Florian Thalhofer (
was born in 1972, and lives and works in Berlin. He is a documentary
filmmaker and new-media artist who invented the [Korsakow system] (


to suit his unique form of expression, based on the principle that in
reality, things occur simultaneously rather than in succession. With
this software, Thalhofer has conceived an effective nonlinear way to
tell his stories that utilizes the computer as an ideal medium. Like a
"Choose Your Own Adventure" novel, the highly interactive Korsakow
system allows the user to navigate the film as a series of individual
choices. Thalhofer has been the recipient of the Literatur.digital
award, the reddot design award, and the Werkleitz Award, among others.
He studied at Universität der Künste Berlin, where he lectured after
obtaining his degree. He was a visiting professor at the Deutsches
Literaturinstitut Leipzig and teaches at the Mediamatic-Institut
Amsterdam. Several of Thalhofer’s [Korsakow] films are available on
DVD, and [13thShop] and [Forgotten Flags] are scheduled for release by
mairisch-Verlag, Hamburg, and Mediamatic, Amsterdam, respectively.

Continue reading “1000 Stories: On The Road meets The Motorcycle Diaries”


Moleskine Morph

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