»We train muscles and the ability to be guided by our own desire. We cultivate devotion. What moves us and how can we bring solidity into movement?«
»MFK Bochum« is a group composed of artists Katarína Marková, Franziska Schneeberger and Marlene Ruther. The artists came together in 2018, during the Scenic Research course at Ruhr-University Bochum. A wide range of artistic and political interests unites the three, from eco-feminist theory to somatic body techniques to transport policy developments in the Ruhr-Area. In their work practice they move between performance, theory, dance, visual art and are focusing more and more on the field of dance and art education. In 2020 the group was a Christoph-Schlingensief-Fellow of the Szenische Forschung and the Kunststiftung NRW. In 2021 they received a Flausen Research Scholarship with their project "Radical Nonverbals". In the winter semester of 2022/23, the group had a teaching assignment for theater studies at the Ruhr-University Bochum.
Franziska Schneeberger, *90 in Munich, lives and works in Bochum and NRW since 2017. Since 2016 she has been creating her own scenic pieces and objects, often in exploration of text, textiles and voice. Besides her work and life with MFK Bochum, Franziska is part of different other artistic collaborations. In a dramaturgical function, she has accompanied the development of the stage performances of Kollektiv äöü since 2019. She has been on friendly terms with the group Ruhrorter and its members for several years and was involved in audio productions in 2020 and '22. In addition to her focus on performance, visual art and speaking and writing in artistic processes, Franziska has been co-directing a film project with Realschule students in Dortmund since 2017. Previously she studied cultural studies & aesthetic practice at the University of Hildesheim, dramaturgy at the Zurich University of the Arts and Scenic Research in Bochum. In spring 2023 she became a mother.
Marlene Ruther (*1989 in Bielefeld, living in Bochum) works as a movement partial performer both alone and in connection with other artists on stage and outdoors. She studied theater and political science in Erlangen and Montreal and is currently working on her master's degree in Scenic Research at the Ruhr-University Bochum. In her work she deals with different materials and various social situations. These include: 'erratic blocks': large stones as contemporary witnesses and stony dialogue partners, found photographs as reconstructions of past realities of life, metamorphoses of the body such as skeletons or healing bodies, environments of urban living in the Ruhr area, standstill and movement. Her works are performative in nature and, depending on the subject matter, require the case-related use of a variety of media: film, photography, the body, graphic and sculptural work, sound and text. Along with MFK, she is one of the two artists in the duo Locu&Ruth Locu&Ruth. In addition to her artistic work, she is active in educational and social professional fields. For several years she has been working regularly as a dance and theater educator with children and young people.
Katarína Marková (*1992 in Martin, SVK) moves and lives on the trajectory between Bratislava and Bochum. Her artistic work oscillates between site-specific art, installations and performance art. Feminism and New Materialism form the philosophical ground for her artistic practice. Her artistic research focuses on the following questions: how do power structures and power control tools define what is illuminated and representative? And what remains in the dark? Primary materials of her projects are site-specific environments and her (trained) body, which enter into intra-actions with each other. She works alone and in collaboration with other human and non-human bodies within temporary collectives. In addition to her artistic practice, she works in the form of educational workshops with children, young people and old adults in the field of theater and movement. She graduated from Masaryk University in Brno (Czech Republic) with a degree in Theatre Studies and in 2019, she received an MA Scenic Research at Ruhr-University Bochum.