Michaela Lakova

artistiek onderzoek - audiovisueel - installatie - film - media

Michaela Lakova (1987) is a visual artist and researcher based in Rotterdam. In her work she explores digital traces, the notion of erasure and memory and how they impact our perception of ownership. Through her works she challenges the slippery nature of digital memory over the immateriality of human memory. Her practice includes a diverse range of media: video, prints, found objects, web / screen based and installations.

Michaela occasionally works as a videographer in the cultural sector in the Netherlands and abroad. She worked for Het Nieuwe Instituut, Piet Zwart Institute, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival (BFMAF, UK), Kunsthal Rotterdam, Unseen and Goethe-Institut, Amsterdam among others.

TENT Online Cinema-Der Bien und der Garten

Tentoonstelling / presentatie

  • 07-01-2022 t/m 26-01-2022
  • In samenwerking met: TENT Cinema
  • Locatie: Online Rotterdam, Rotterdam

I got here floating on a tin can

Tentoonstelling / presentatie

  • 05-10-2021 t/m 10-10-2021
  • In samenwerking met: City of Munich Department Art and Culture
  • Locatie: Rosa Stern Space, Munich
  • The double group exhibition named „I got here floating in a tin can“ was staged both in Sofia and Munich. The first chapter was at Æther Art Space, during Sofia Art Week's fourth edition „Future Oracles“, showing works by the team members of Rosa Stern Space. Accordingly the team of Æther Art Space will be guests in Munich with a group exhibition and a performance program presented the positions and concepts that shape the art space.
  • http://rosastern.space/aether-art-space-rosa-stern-space

Der Bien und der Garten


  • 01-06-2021 t/m 27-09-2021
  • In samenwerking met: Amy Pickles and Bérénice Staiger
  • Locatie: , Rotterdam
  • The film "Der Bien und der Garten" follows the artist and beekeeper Bérénice Staiger, whose art and apiarist practices intertwine systems of care and attention. The camera oscillates between the choreographies of Bérénice, and fellow beekeeper Sophie Pauwels – observing, inspecting, maintaining, harvesting, almost as a self-reflection, these gestures also mimicking the actions of the bees in the hive.

Earth Rebels


  • 15-01-2021 t/m 23-04-2021
  • In samenwerking met: National Culture Fund Bulgaria
  • Locatie: The Pric/ze is right – Next Balkan: Bulgarian Contemporary Art, Ostavinska galerija, Belgrade
  • “Earth Rebels” film is an anthropological and artistic research into the indigenous Tzotzil carnival in San Juan Chamula, Chiapas, Mexico combined with the sacral rituals of kukeri in and Shiroka Laka, Rhodope mountains, Bulgaria. What might be the commonalities between those two cultures dating back before the Spanish and Ottoman invasions?

Cold Storage (Revisited)

Tentoonstelling / presentatie

  • 23-10-2019 t/m 01-12-2019
  • Locatie: +359Gallery, Sofia
  • Digital Aesthetics group exhibition together with Dagmar Schürrer and Tor Jørgen van Eijk, curated by Irina Batkova. For the occasion of the exhibition, I revisited and adapted the work Cold Storage (2015) following the unconventional special properties of the former water tower now currently a gallery space.
  • https://plus359gallery.com/en/2019/10/16/digital-aesthetics/

Digital Art Festival | Article17

Tentoonstelling / presentatie

Past-Present Utopian dream for a nu(un)clear future

Tentoonstelling / presentatie

  • 19-09-2018 t/m 29-09-2018
  • In samenwerking met: Gaudenz B. Ruf Award
  • Locatie: Æther Sofia, Sofia
  • In Past-Present: Utopian dream for a nu(un)clear future, a solo exhibition at Æther, Michaela Lakova is showing a body of works related to the past and future of nuclear energy. Michaela's works artistically investigate issues of historical relevance in Chernobyl where the remnants of nuclear energetics, human activity and memories of the biggest nuclear disaster are still present and in parallel to the small Danube town of Belene where the desire for developing nuclear energy remains strong.
  • http://ruf-award.org/gaudenz-b-ruf/beneficiaries/bp_221/

Memories of Slavutych

Residenties / uitwisseling

  • 18-04-2018 t/m 13-05-2018
  • In samenwerking met: International Festival of Film and Urbanism “86” and METASITU
  • Locatie: International Festival of Film and Urbanism “86”, Slavutych
  • As part of its Urban Program, the International Festival of Film and Urbanism “86” had selected nine urbanists, architects and artists via an Open Call to spend four weeks in the town of Slavutych (Ukraine). During their stay, residents reflected on the historical development, as well as potential futures of the 14 districts that make up the city.The residency wa curated by METASITU, directors of the Urban Program of the 5th Festival of Film and Urbanism “86”.
  • http://www.86.org.ua/en/


Residenties / uitwisseling

  • 01-08-2018 t/m 31-08-2018
  • In samenwerking met: x-tepmorary
  • Locatie: Online, Berlin
  • Online residency organized by Marenka Krasomil. Over a span of a month the artist is invited to propose ideas, develop a concept, open up a process while manipulating a web page. ​Published article by Curating the Contemporary: Please Play with Glitches in the System: Javier Lloret and Michaela Lakova on x-temporary.org
  • https://x-temporary.org/

A manuscript of erasure

Tentoonstelling / presentatie

  • 17-07-2017 t/m 31-07-2017
  • In samenwerking met: Gaudenz B. Ruf Award
  • Locatie: the fridge, Sofia
  • video installation, text extracts by Audrey Samson and voice over by Patrícia Chaves

Art Meets Radical Openness (AMRO)

Tentoonstelling / presentatie

  • 25-05-2016 t/m 25-06-2016
  • In samenwerking met: Art Meets Radical Openness and Gaudenz B. Ruf Award
  • Locatie: Kunstraum gallery, Linz
  • AMRO is a biennial festival dedicated to art, hacktivism and Open Culture. I was invited to take part in the group exhibition at Kunstraum gallery with my interactive installation Delete?No, Wait!Rewind and the publication The Blue Print.
  • https://www.radical-openness.org/en/archive

Allow me to forget

Residenties / uitwisseling

  • 01-07-2016 t/m 31-08-2016
  • In samenwerking met: CBK Rotterdam
  • Locatie: Intercambiador ACART project space, Madrid
  • group show at Quinta del Sordo and artist talk at Medialab-Prado, Madrid

Cold Storage

Tentoonstelling / presentatie

  • 09-09-2015 t/m 27-11-2015
  • In samenwerking met: CBK Rotterdam and Kulturamt der Stadt Graz
  • Locatie: esc media art laboratory, Graz
  • What remains – strategies of saving and deleting — a group exhibition together with Linda Kronman & Andreas Zingerle (KAIRUS), Fränk Zimmer and Marloes de Valk.
  • https://esc.mur.at/en/projekt/what-remains

Radical Networks | Bibliotecha project


  • 24-10-2015 t/m 26-10-2015
  • In samenwerking met: Eyebeam and Stimuleringsfonds
  • Locatie: Radical Networks, Polytechnic School of Engineering, New York University, New York City
  • a workshop and presentation of bibliotecha project together with André Castro and Lucia Dossin https://radicalnetworks.org/
  • https://bibliotecha.info/

Piksel festival | Delete?No, Wait!Rewind

Tentoonstelling / presentatie

Unlinked | Delete?No, Wait!Rewind

Tentoonstelling / presentatie


  • Van Veek Donner Stichting, Rotterdam

  • 2013
  • CBK Research and Development grant (O&O)

  • 2015
  • Municipality of Rotterdam

  • 2017
  • CBK Rotterdam (PPR grant)

  • 2020
  • Production grant from National Culture Fund (NFK), Bulgaria

  • 2021
  • Gaudenz B. Ruf award for New Bulgarian Art

  • 2018
  • +359gallery

  • 2019, Sofia