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Artists’ Exchange

Kristóf Kelemen

Urban renewal and the reinvention of the city

This project strand offers short residency opportunities in partner cities for 30 emerging artists. Each UEO city partner will send two artists on a residency to another partner’s city of a different art form, thereby seeking to enrich their professional practice through inter-disciplinary residencies. Artists are chosen on the basis of having demonstrated an interest in the hosting city’s Arts & Society contemporary European theme. They must also practice a different art form from that of the hosting city’s public event. The project offers the emerging artists the opportunity to travel without the pressure to produce work and ideally to experience UEO’s public events.

Kristóf Kelemen (dramtaurg) travelled to Vilnius.

Budapest’s other artist Pál Kárpáti will travel to Istanbul.

Artist’s statement

As theatre maker I create research-based projects, such as documentary theatre, lecture performance, fictional drama or interactive theatre quizes with different types of collaborative methods, and these very diverse artistic experiences show me over and over new perspectives of historical times and contemporary life. The monumental literary project of Ulysses also presents the wide range of styles, voices and perceptions of reality with a complex network of references. This masterpiece of Joyce, as a celebration of diversity, is a great symbol and a leading light of cultural cooperation between European nations. I find the artistic exchanges in the project of “ULYSSES European Odyssey” an inspiring opportunity to get to know another city’s history and present time, cultural institutions and local problems that could show me interesting connections between different nations’ issues and common points of challenges.

Artist’s Biography

Kristóf Kelemen was born in Pécs, but has been living in Budapest for more than a decade. He graduated as a dramaturg from the University of Theatre and Film Arts in Hungary’s capital, and later received his doctorate from the same university. In the course of his theatre work, he’s tried his hand at a variety of tasks: as a director and writer of theatre productions, as a lecture-performance artist, and as a creator of collaborative projects. His performances vary both in form and genre, and he sees everything he works on as an experiment, a creative adventure. He’s produced documentary theatre, interactive theatre quizzes, fictional drama and guided tours with online live performances. His work is research-based and explores contemporary social and political issues, while addressing less prominent historical moments. His performances have been showcased at a number of international festivals, including Fast Forward in Dresden, Spielart in Munich and Theaterfestival Basel.

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Artist’s Visit

Kristóf Kelemen

In August I spent two weeks in Lithuania on an artist residency thanks to #budapestbrand and @vilniausmuziejus . Last week I published some posts about my impressions related to the history and geography of Lithuania that I got to know during my trip from Vilnius to the Baltic Sea. Now I created a video (see below video) about the installation of the project Vilnelé Odyssey in Markučiai (part of @ulysseseuropeanodyssey ) and about the rivers that flow through the whole country. 

Thanks to @zi.vile.mi for the interesting tour and nice company in Vilnius.