Teodora Kotseva - Michaela Lakova
For this Openhaus, curator in residence Teodora Kotseva will present artist Michaela Lakova, graduate from the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam.
Urban Planting by Michaela Lakova
Intervention in public space
Medium: Photography and video documentation (2min)
Urban planting is an attempt to explore and interact with the rhythm in the city. It is my first personal observation of how and to what extend I can provoke a reaction to a small action: a type of social intervention in public space. I placed a plant - a common interior feature but in this case out of its context - at the Rotterdam metro station. I intentionally positioned it in the middle of the sidewalk, on the way of the passers-by where it frequently became an object of illumination by numerous fluorescent lights and CCTV cameras. I found myself and my non-depict form of intervention in the spotlight, overexposed, monitored and investigated. Thereby neither the absurdity of the object by itself, nor the audience’s bare reaction was central; instead it was the authority’s, in particular the security’s response that became the main event of the action.
Teodora Kotseva is a Dutch, for the time being Berlin-based art manager and curator. During her stay at ZK/U she will assume the position of in-house curator, or most accurately producer. She will work both with resident and invited artists as well as cultural workers on occasions ranging from exhibitions, talks, film programmes etc.