»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, the group has a teaching assignment for theater studies at the Ruhr-University Bochum.
Franziska Schneeberger, who grew up in Munich, has been living in Bochum for several years. She works between performance, visual art and text in artistic, theoretical and mediating contexts. Her interest lies in dissecting traditional arrangements of knowledge. In exhaustion of language and movement she works in and on public places. Besides MFK Bochum, Franziska is also part of the artistic elective family OLIVER as well as a repeated collaborator of the group äöü and Ruhrorteräöü and RUHRORTER. In 2020, Franziska graduated from the Scenic Research program with the exhibition performance "landscaping gestures" at Kunsthaus Essen, which took place again in Bratislava (SK). Previously, she studied cultural studies at the University of Hildesheim and dramaturgy at the Zurich University of the Arts.
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.
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.