|Emese Csornai studied architecture at the Technical University of Budapest (2002-2004) and post- audiovisual arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam (BA 2009).
Her interests in fine arts led her to lighting design, which two principles keep informing each other in her work as a practicing lighting designer, engaging in installative and fine arts projects too.
Csornai finds re-discussing well discussed topics from newer angles can create a rupture in rigid perspectives, and can introduce novelty.
She has a strong interest is the ongoing examination of colors and the physiology of their perception.
Her study in instant composition has driven her to the exploration of dynamic use of spaces.
Ongoing discourse and study with Ellen Knops and long-term collaboration with Bruno Pocheron helped her work evolve.
Since 2010 she has been regularly giving workshops for dancers and choreographers on collaborating with multiple media, notably with light, most recently 2015-2019 the workshop series ‘Performing space’ in Berlin.
Csornai is part of a lighting designer collective formed around Buda, Kortrijk, and participates in the 4 year research project 'Reflecting Light' in the framework of KASK,Gent.
She works in choreographic, multimedia and music performances, and instant composition pieces, recently with Julia Plawgo, Yvonne Sembene, Ruben Reniers, Anne Juren, Meg Stuart, Samuel Feldhandler, Leyya Mona Tawil, Renae Schadler, Zwoisy Mears-Clarke, Silvia Bennett, Shannon Cooney, Bruno Pocheron, Laurie Young, Justine A. Chambers, Padmini Chettur and others.
Her recent collaborative works include:
‘Non-playable character’ with Julia Plawgo
‘Silkworms’ with Renae Schadler and Mirjam Sögner
‘Chromopoem’ with Anne Juren
'Stimmung' of Karlheinz Stockhausen with Margaux Marielle-Trehoüart and Operalab Berlin
‘Requiem/Mangongkal Holi’ with Ruben Reniers
‘Immerhin ist mein Himmel hin’ with Samuel Feldhandler
‘A slightly curving place’ of Nida Ghouse
‘Fluid Resilience’ with Shannon Cooney
‘Water Sports’ in collaboration with Bruno Pocheron, choreographed by Karol Tyminski
‘Philosophical enactments 1&2’ with Padmini Chettur
‘One hundred more’ with Laurie Young and Justine A. Chambers