P u b l i c a t i o n s


The Notebook / Бележки по спомени (2018)
author & graphic design: Michaela Lakova
photos: Mattias Malk and Michaela Lakova
format: 148x210 (A5); black & white;
printed at: i-print, Sofia

The Notebook / Бележки по спомени (en/bg) is an artist publication, which depicts Michaela’s experiences during the Urbanism Residency program in the small post-atomic city Slavutych (Ukraine) and a subsequent stay in Kiev (in)fused with flashbacks of her own memories of growing up in the post-communist city of Sofia. What might be the shared history or memories of the recent past that linger into the present?

The pdf of the book is available → here * Developed after '86 Urbanism Residency in Slavutych, Ukraine.
* This project is supported by Gaudenz B. Ruf award


Techno-Galactic Guide to Software Observation (2018)
"The Techno-Galactic Guide to Software Observation is the obsessive fantasy of optimization turned on its head and stuck to the ceiling of a self-reflecting elevator. It is the ultimate book, with almost 300 pages of dos and don’ts, of forgotten histories and un-inevitable futures, of mindful agile actions and improvisational service architectures, of any and all things that you can and cannot imagine needing in a techno-galaxy."

The Techno-Galactic Guide to Software Observation gathers methods from the Techno-Galactic Software Observatory, a worksession that took place in June 2017. It was collectively edited by Carlin Wing, Martino Morandi, Peggy Papanik, Anita Burato, Christoph Haag, Michael Murtaugh, Femke Snelting, Seda Gürses and designed by Christoph Haag.

Techno-Galactic Guide to Software Observation was printed in Brussels by Constant, Association for Art and Media, Brussels
Printing: Online-Druck.biz, Krumbach (Schwaben)
Presented at: Constant, Association for Art and Media, Brussels 2018 upcoming
License: Free Art License

The pdf of the book is available → here


Unknown Quantities (2017)
Contributors: Arianna Brizzi, Francesca Brizzi, Niccolo Ciulli, Ryan Dzelzkalns, Jacobo Galan Padin, Roberta Garieri, Kathryn Gehred, Natasha Ginwala, Veronica Gisondi, Andrew Kovacs, Susanne Kriemann, Michaela Lakova, Federico Sargentone, Caroline Singh Belmar, Ulya Soley and Jaclyn Wright
Produced and published by: MA Culture, Criticism and Curation and MA Graphic Communication Design students at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design
Unknown Quantities 5 was printed in London, 2017 by Calverts Edition of 200

Unknown Quantities is a concept-based journal that bridges graphic design, critical writing and visual art. Featured work at this series A manuscript of erasure (2017).

The preview of the article is available → here


Data Browser 06: Executing Practices (2017)
Authors: Various contributors, edited by Helen Pritchard, Eric Snodgrass & Magda Tyźlik-Carver
Published by: Autonomedia (DATA browser 06)
Presented at: Transmediale, Berlin 2017
Produced by: Critical Software Thing, with support from Participatory IT Research Centre, Aarhus University.
License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0
ISBN: 9781570273216

Featured work DEL?No, wait!REW (2014) at 'Erasure' - an essay by Audrey Samson.
The publication is available → here


Behind the Smart World – saving, deleting and resurfacing of data (2016)
Edited by: Kairus.org – Linda Kronman & Andreas Zingerle
Published by: servus.at
Coordinator: Us(c)hi Reiter
Graphic Design / Layout by: lafkon.net
License: CC-BY-SA-4.0
ISBN: 9783950420005

"Behind the Smart World – saving, deleting and resurfacing of data" is a collection of essays by Fieke Jansen (Tactical Tech), Ivar Veermäe, Emilio Varvarella, Leo Selvaggio, Marloes de Valk, Research Team “Times of Waste”, Stefan Tiefengraber, Dr. Michael Sonntag and interviews with Audrey Samson and Michaela Lakova.

The publication is available → here


The Impossibility of Authenticating Erasure (2015)
Author: Michaela Lakova
Editors: Raya Lakova & Liz Allan
Publisher: International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA)

This paper reports on my ongoing practice based research, which aims to examine the importance of the 'Delete' function in the context and practice of Media Art. DELETE?No, wait!REWIND is an interactive installation, which de and recontextualizes the process of data recovery by displaying found disclosures of retrieved data posing a series of questions to the audience in a recurrent manner.

Download pdf → The Impossibility of Authenticating Erasure.pdf


Are you being served? Notebook(s)(2014)
Edited by: Anne Laforet, Marloes de Valk, Madeleine Aktypi, An Mertens, Femke Snelting, Michaela Lakova & Reni Hofmuller
Website design and development: Stephanie Vilayphiou and Eric Schrijver, Open Source Publishing (OSP)
Published by: Constant, Association for Art and Media, Brussels
License: Free Art License

‘Are You Being Served?’ Notebook(s) is a printed book and a website, which offers multiple entries allowing the readers and participants to revisit and (re)discover the vivid content of Are You Being Served? - meetings days which took a place in Constant, December 2013, Brussels.

The publication is availble → here
Web version → www.areyoubeingserved.constantvzw.org



Glitch Studies (2012)
Author: Michaela Lakova
Published: Encyclopedia of Media Objects. Piet Zwart Institute
License: Free Art Licence

This wiki entry provides a brief overview of the current glitch theories, practices and practitioners, following backwards the formation, the distribution and the floating of digital artifacts. It evokes a collection of overwhelming eye-catchy bits of errors, intently or accidentally made.

The article is available → here