by stronged

Exploring the Korsakow website has been fun. What a great initiative. Basically a software package that enables you to assemble a random sequencing of small video clips. Or, as the Korsakow team likes to call them: SNU – smallest narrative units. Once imported into the software you mark in and out points to connect each SNU in order to structure the interactive documentary. For example, having finished viewing one SNU a variety of new options are presented for the user to select, allowing them to produce their own individual experience of the collected footage. An exercise in pattern-making with narrative constructions.

It is interesting to read how the project came about:

‘In the late 1990s Florian Thalhofer wrote a special piece of software so he could produce a database documentary about alcohol consumption for his Masters thesis. During his research, he learned that advanced alcoholism often leads to short-term memory loss and a related compulsion to tell stories. In English, this is called Korsakoff’s Syndrome. He decided this would be a good name for his thesis project, and for his new software application – which he then released for free on the Web.’

Adrian Miles has done extensive work with the software already with past students. Perhaps why he had not recommended me to use it for my precursor piece. Perhaps he is a bit over it.


His assessment for the undergrad Media students requires them to:

  • use all of the clips from the weekly tasks
  • be a multilinear Korsakow film
  • published online
  • use three thumbnails
  • use thumbnails that are images, not videos
  • use a text track via the Insert Text feature of Korsakow

All I need to do to create a Korsakow film is 1) server space, or a domain; 2) a theme/topic (thinking the Palais Theatre as it is readily accessible); 3) a sound recording device (the marantz from RMIT accompanied with a shotgun/dynamic mic or lapel); 4) some speedy production work; and 5) to edit and upload the content in time for the precursor deadline – April 15th!

Hmmm… realistic? I have a habit for setting overly ambitious tasks for myself to achieve. It’s like I am trying to break myself.