Engaging the World is a non-linear documentary made using the Korsakow System to generate viewing options that form an evolving structure for the film.  Korsakow is an easy-to-use computer program for the creation of database films. It was invented by Florian Thalhofer, a Berlin-based media artist. Korsakow films are films with a twist: They are interactive because the viewer has influence on the Korsakow Film. They are rule-based because the author decides on the rules by which the scenes relate to each other, but the viewer does not create fixed paths. Korsakow Films are generative because the order of the scenes is calculated while viewing. Korsakow is a cutting-edge new media format that provides educators and filmmakers with a unique means of producing research results and allowing viewers to interact critically with those results.

Make your own film

You too can make your own Korsakow film and it does not have to be made with short videos like you see in Engaging the World. Visit Korsakow.org to find out more about the organization and concepts behind the Korsakow System. You will also find many examples of Korsakow films produced by artists and researchers interested in non-linear and interactive engagement with audiences.