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
YORK (September 17)– The Goethe-Institut New York, a branch of the
Federal Republic of Germany’s famed global cultural institution, today
announced the launch of its most innovative artistic endeavor to date,
1000Stories. On Thursday, September 27, from 6:30pm – 9pm, the
Goethe-Institut New York will host "New Yorkers Wanted: the 1000Stories
Launch Party," featuring filmmaker Florian Thalhofer, DJ Maxx Klaxon
(SPLICE, Popular Front Records), projections by video artist Katja
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 1000stories.com
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
Florian Thalhofer (thalhofer.com)
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.
"We think1000stories is a great idea and we are very thrilled
to collaborate with Florian Thalhofer on this truly creative and
innovative transatlantic project," says Dr. Stephan Wackwitz, the
Goethe-Institut New York’s regional program director.
The Goethe-Institut New York is a branch of the Federal
Republic of Germany’s global cultural institution, established to
promote the study of German abroad, encourage international cultural
exchange, and provide information on Germany’s culture, society, and
politics. For more, visit: goethe.de/newyork
IN FILMMAKER FLORIAN THALHOFER’S OWN WORDS:
1. How did you come up with the idea for 1000Stories?
years ago, I went to New York for a couple of months… In Germany, it
seemed like the U.S. had turned into a kind of paranoid surveillance
state, but New York was as I knew it from before. When I asked my New
York friends, "Has the U.S. changed? It doesn’t seem so," the general
answer was, "Yes, the U.S. has changed, but this is not the U.S., this
is New York." And so I had the idea to go where the U.S. had changed so
much, to go off the beaten path.
2. Why the U.S. and Germany? And why by motorbike?
always been interested in the U.S
. The United States is important – what people invent there influences
the whole world. It has an effect on the culture in Germany, but not
only here. American culture can be found everywhere in the world. But
is still a mystery to me, always a little incomprehensible. That
feeling of having grown up with American culture but never really
understanding what America is all about has become stronger after
About the motorbike: there are two reasons. On the one hand,
I want to force myself not to bring too much technical stuff along—
just the basics. On the other hand, it seems to me that you’re closer
to things on a motorbike. You can feel what the weather is like; you
can feel the air you’re driving through. And you can’t go too fast.
3. Will 1000Stories remain an online project only?
1000Stories is going to start online as a video weblog, or "vlog," at
and as an installation that will be presented at the Goethe-Institut
New York beginning on October 1, the first day of the trip. More
material will be added while we are on the road. After our return, we
are going to make a Korsakow film based on our material. Perhaps we’re
going to make a "normal" film, too, which depends on Mark Simon,
because that’s what he does. We’ll find out…
For more, contact Lauren Cerand at 917.533.0103 or LCERAND@gmail.com