The Love Story Project


Love in different Cultures

The LoveStoryProject is an ongoing project.
German/Arabic/English with English subtitles.

The LoveStoryProject was made in Korsakow:

In Zusammenarbeit mit dem Goethe-Institut Kairo.


What is love?

The [LoveStoryProject] is a growing collection of stories and thoughts about love. It started in Cairo in 2003 when Florian Thalhofer and Mahmoud Hamdy asked friends to explain their definition of love. In 2004 students from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore posed this question to their friends. In 2005 the [LoveStoryProject] was invited to the Fringe-Festival in Dublin. In September 2006 more interviews were made for the Berlin Blind Date Party, organized by Jim Avignon at Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn, New York. For this venue we published an online survey that you can still participate: XXLove-survery.

People from very different cultural backgrounds talk about one common phenomenon: love. Without claiming universal validity, the answers provide a new perspective on your own and the other culture.

The [LoveStoryProject] is a database-driven video-archive that can be viewed in a computer-installation or over the internet. The [LoveStoryProject] is an evolving and dynamic documentary-film. A film that never is the same twice.

This Project was initiated by Florian Thalhofer and the Goethe-Institute, Cairo.

Lovestories worldwide

The [LoveStoryProject] was first shown in public from Dec 8 - 22, 2002 in Cairo as part of the Exhibition "Dar al-Hiwar", organized by the Goethe-Institite, Cairo. Among other places the [LoveStoryProject]-installation was shown:


Galapagos Art Space, New York
Goethe-Institute Jerusalem
Goethe-Institute Ramallah


Dublin, Fringe Festival


Stuttgarter Filmwinter 2004
Friendly Capitalism Lounge Vol. 8, Berlin
Berlinale, Berlin
Creative Spaces I, Singapur
FILE Festival, Sao Paulo, Brazi


Hällerfors, Sweden
Reich und Berühmt Festival, Berlin


Goethe-Institute, Cairo

Life according to Korsakow

The [LoveStoryProject] is generated with the aid of [korsakow-system], a software application for the creation of database-driven and interactive film. This software was invented by Florian Thalhofer and further developed together with Willem Velthoven at the University of the Arts, Berlin and German Literature Institute at the University of Leipzig.

To find out more about the [korsakow system], go to

The people behind it

Florian Thalhofer, Berlin
Fachkraft for interactive narration, media artist, gives lectures at the University of the Arts, Berlin, inventor of the [korsakow-system], suspected in garden dwarf robbery.

Mahmoud Hamdy, Cairo
Independent Film maker, Photographer, Bachelor Degree at the School of Fine Arts, Cairo in "Graphic Animation".

Ahmed Hafez, Cairo
Graphic and interior designer, bachelor degree at the School of Fine Arts.

Lena Rem, Berlin
Studies at the UdK, Berlin.


Gunther Kreis, Berlin

Amir Nabil, Cairo
Music composer studying at the School of Fine Arts, Cairo "Art Direction " experienced in film scoring and music for theatrical preformances.

Jakob Schillinger, Berlin
Student at the University of the Arts, Berlin. Specialized in wishful thinking, dedicated fan of the [korsakow system] camoufloating dialogue.

Suzan Said, Cairo
Photographer, studying arcitechture at the School of Fine Arts, Cairo. Intrested in media art and documentary film making.

Sophie Zeitz, Berlin
ranslator of romance novels, love manuals and other classics. Still trying to bridge the gap between theory and practice.

Sascha Pohflepp, Berlin
Fancies portable time machines, blue skies and is interested in designing everything digital. Studies at University of the Arts Berlin

Hussien Shaaban, Cairo
Photographer, studying advertising, intrested in movie industry, media art and graphic design.

Ibrahim Islam, Cairo
Bachelor Degree at the School of Fine Arts, Cairo in "Graphic Animation". Currently a senior graphic designer in an advertising agency in Dubai.

Darren Chow, Singapore
Multimedia designer, studying at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore. Always interested in new challenges and have an interest in photography.