Emese Csornai studied architecture at the Technical University of Budapest and fine arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam (BA 2009). Her research in fine arts lead her to lighting design, which two principles keep combining in her work. She has an extensive practice in instant composition and has directed the pieces On being ill (2013), Doos (2014) and Stranger (2017). She worked together intensively with Katie Duck and the Magpie group, Julyen Hamilton, Michael Schumacher, Silvia Bennett, Lily Kiara, Khouloud Yassine, Sabine Molenaar, Makiko Ito, Miri Lee, Bruno Pocheron and Alexandra Bachzetsis among others.
Emese is working as a light technician and light designer, producing her own work on the border of performance and visual arts, and giving workshops about staging movement in relation to light and sound.