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Emese Bodolay

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Emese Bodolay (*1987, Budapest) studied drama and German language and literature at Ruhr University Bochum (RUB) as well as philosophy and media science at Eötvös Loránd University Budapest, finishing with a Bachelor degree (B. A). She completed her Master degree in the Master programme on Scenic Research, which focuses on theatre practice research. Together with the “Künstler:innenkollektiv Anna Kpok”, she develops scenic works in which the hierarchy between “viewers” and “producers” is again and again analysed and processed. Her interest centres on the time spent together and the commonly produced “product of art”. For this purpose, she engages in forming communities, common processes and meetings.

Which topic turns up again and again in your artistic activities?

In my activities with the Künstler:innenkollektiv, I look for artistic strategies and options for producers and recipients to encounter each other in a room and commonly enable something unplanned, something new, to develop.

What do you seek to achieve with your cultural education activities?

With young people, I seek to bring the process and the manner of working to the fore and thus commonly question results-oriented working.

What, in your view, is the essence of an artistic intervention in cultural education?

Working artistically enables an individual to address topics freely and find one’s own way to explore these topics. To me, bringing such openness into thought in cultural education is the artistic intervention.

New Cologne – how many megabyte?!

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“New Cologne – how many megabyte?!” was a live jump and run which I realised together with eight youths (12 to 14 years) at the “Theater an der Parkaue” (Berlin) in the context of an Easter holiday workshop. I provided the framework for the play, which the participants had to fill under my supervision: together, we invented the world in which the play was performed and built the corresponding storyline. The participants were actively involved in creating the stage setting and developing the puzzles. In implementing the concept, they took turns performing the different roles.


What have you taken home from this project for your artistic activities?

Performing Playstation with young people and talking to them is more important than working out a perfect script on your own.