M i c h a e l a   L a k o v a

Michaela Lakova (BG) is a visual artist and researcher currently based in Rotterdam. Throughout her work, Lakova explores how the generation of digital traces and their problematic resistance to being deleted impact our perception of data ownership. Investigating the ethics of deletion and recovery of data, Michaela analyses and interprets the notion of digital information by considering its slippery nature, superimposing processes of digital recovery over the materiality of human memory.
Michaela occasionally works as a freelance videographer and photographer within the cultural sector. Her video portfolio could be seen at: → www.mlakova.info

Browse through some of her works, discover some of her floating inspirations and influences at → links&likes and glimpse into her neighbors

C u r r i c u l u m  v i t a e


2012 - 2014     Piet Zwart Institute (WdKA), Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Master degree in Media Design and Communication
2006 - 2011    
National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts (NATFA), Sofia, Bulgaria
Bachelor degree in Stage and Screen design

Exhibitions & Festivals (selection)
2017 — 2016
  A manuscript of erasure, installation, solo show, the fridge, Sofia, bg
  JODI@STDLJK, Prototype, group show, Societe Generale bank, Sofia, bg
  A manuscript of erasure, screening, Wolfart Project Space, Rotterdam, nl
  free_art_-_source, group show, Galerija Galženica, Zagreb, cro
  Zine Camp, participation, Rotterdam, nl
  Allow Me To Forget (work-in-progress), group show, Quita del Sordo, Madrid, es
  Artist Residency, Intercambiador ACART, Madrid, es
  Dan D(Open Design), group show, Zagreb, cro
  Art Meets Radical Openness (AMRO), group show, Kunstraum gallery, Linz, au
2015 — 2014
 What remains - Strategies of saving and deleting, group show, esc medien kunst labor, Gras, au
  Radical Networks, NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, Eyebeam, New York, us
 6pm Your Local time, group show, Het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam, nl
 Workspace for the New World, group show, Bureau Europa, Maastricht, nl
 ZK/U Center for Art and Urbanistics, open day/group show, Berlin, de
 The City – A screen project, outdoor projections, Plovdiv, Sofia, bg
 PIKSEL festival, group show, Lydgallerit, Bergen, no
 New Horizon Festival, group show, het Onderwijscentrum Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, nl
 Unlinked (dislocations, disappearances & deprecations), group show, TENT Rotterdam, nl
 Off-the-Press: Electronic Publishing in the Arts, Boijmans museum & WORM, Rotterdam, nl
 Traces, SaraTimTrust, group show part of MuseumNacht'14, Rotterdam, nl
 USB-Shuffle show, group show, Institut für Alles Mögliche, Transmediale, Berlin, de
2013 — 2010   
 Free book for every soul, workshop, Impakt festival, Utrecht, nl
 .gif Archive online gif, group show & discussion, eXAF foundation, The Fridge, Sofia &Kino Kosmos, Plovdiv, bg
  stARTup camp, group show & presentation, WORM, Rotterdam, nl
  Glitch Moment/ums, an online exhibition curated by Rosa Menkman & Furtherfield, London, en
  Kino Club: Animations, screening, WORM, Rotterdam, nl
  Kunstkijk, screening, Sommelsdijk, nl
  National Identity, group exhibition, Bulgarian Embassy, Stockholm, se
  Yellow rain installation, group show, Rakursi gallery, Sofia, bg

Awards & Grants /////////////////////
2017 Research & Development, Gemeente Rotterdam, Netherlands
2015 — 2016O&O Research & Development grant from Centrum Beelden Kunst (CBK) Rotterdam
2015 — 2016Gaudenz B. Ruf award for new Bulgarian art, Switzerland / Bulgaria
2015 Small Contribution Voucher, Creative Industries Fund, Netherlands
2013 — 2014One year grant from Van Beek Donner Stiching, Rotterdam
2006 National award for fine arts from the government of Bulgaria
2004 — 2005 One year grant “Fund Culture” from Ministry of Culture of Bulgaria

Presentations & Artist talks
2017 — 15
 12.06.17 Public presentation, Techno-Galactic Software Observatory, Constant (Association for Art and Media), Brussels, be
 10.02.17 Artist talk, Galerija Galženica, Zagreb, cro
 10.02.17 Presentaiton, The Autonomous Fabric Symposium, WdKA / v2_
(Institute for Unstable Media), Rotterdam, nl
 01.09.16 Artist talk, Conversation Piece, Cosmos, Sofia, bg
 22.07.16 Artist talk, Medialab-Prado, Madrid, es
 03.06.16 Artist talk Intercambiador Madrid, es
  artist talk, Conversas#56, Mevrouw Bok, Rotterdam, nl
  presentation, Radical Networks, NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, Eyebeam, New York, us
  presentation, Are you being served, Constant, Brussels, be

Publications & Press
2017 — 14
 Featured at Unknown Quantities 5, published by Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, uk
 Interview & artist profile (bg) Prototype , Sofia, bg
 Featured at (en) Data browser 06: Executing Practices, 'Erasure' by Audrey Samson, produced by Critical Software Thing, presented at Transmediale 2017, Berlin, de
 Interview (bg), "Delete is not the End' for the Bulgarian National Radio, Sofia, bg
 Article (bg), “Traces Remain”, Capital, bg
 Interview (en) 'Behind the Smart World' - a publication by KairUs, published by servus.at, Linz, au
 Author “The Impossibility of Authenticating Erasure” short paper published by the International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA), Vancouver, ca
 Co-editor:) for 'Are you being served'(Notebooks)', Constant (Association for Art and Media), Brussels, be
 Article (es), Hoja de Routers, Madrid, es
 Online Archive (en), “Post-Digital Print Archive (P—DPA)", by Silvio Lorusso, Venice, it