Michaela Casková (she/her) is a visual artist, art-based environmental educator, nomadic gardener, host, friend, and forager who keeps an eye on atmospheric events. Motivated by processes of sharing and learning, Michaela is constantly flowing between collaborative and interdisciplinary projects. Many of her projects involve not only long term observations and processes but also care, hospitality, and the art of companionship. Sometimes she cooks soup, sometimes takes you for a walk with a basket, sometimes you are invited to take part in the artistic process, sometimes the result is a workshop for various audiences… or a little conversation. 

Michaela’s Small Talks project is based on fascination, conversations, and everydayness. Through observing and monitoring weather phenomenas, she redefines the topic of weather from that of a scientific probability calculation based on accurate data, to an exhibition of visual and sensory metaphors that trace time and tell the stories we are living—our social weather. 

As a member of Mustarinda Association (Finland), she focuses on projects related to the socio-ecological transformation of society through connecting contemporary art with multidisciplinary research, and hosting residency programs, educational and publishing activities.

Since 2019, he has been working under the Department of Biology and Environmental Science at the University of Jyväskylä, where he is co-developing teaching materials that convey evolutionary processes and phenomena as part of the Evolution in Action team. In 2023, she collaborated on the Children’s Forest Pavilion representing Lithuania at the Venice Architecture Biennale.

 

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Studies & Scholarships

2012 – 2014 – Master in Art Education (M.Ed.), Faculty of Education, Olomouc University, Czech Republic

2014 / 15 – Mustarinda association, Erasmus+ traineeship, Finland

2013 – Mustarinda association, Erasmus traineeship, Finland

2010 / 2011 – Academy of Fine Arts, Graphic department, Riga, Latvia

2007 – 2012 – Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Book Design department, Faculty of Fine Arts, Ostrava Univerzity, Czech Republic

2003 – 2007 – Secondary School of Arts and Crafts, Department of Space and Creation, Brno, Czech Republic

 

Membership

Active member of Mustarinda association, (chair 2019–2021), Finland

Örön Residenssikeskus ry / Örö residency Center Association

 

Residency

2023 – NIDA Art Colony, as member of collective residency of Mustarinda team, Lithuania

2022 – Periscope, Salzburg, Austria

2022 – Dom Jana Hálu vo Važci, Liptovská galéria, Slovakia

2022 – Kreenholm garden residency and workshops at NART (Narva Art Residency), Estonia

2022 – Styria-Artist-in-Residence Scholarship, Atelier Schillerstrasse, Graz, Austria

2021 (1st January–31st November) – long term HIAP artist-in-residence, Helsinki-Suomenlinna, Finland

2021 – Ars Bioartica, Kilpisjärvi Biological Station, Lapland

2019 – HIAP, Helsinki International Artist Programme, Helsinki-Suomenlinna, Finland

2019 – LIAF (Lofoten International Art Festival), research ship Helmer Hanssen, Norway

2018  – Drake Arts Center, Kokkola, Finland

2018  – Nelimarkka museum, Alajärvi, Finland

2017 – Örö Residency Programme, Finland

2017 – Gallery Síň, Telč, Czech Republic

2017 – Koli Rynnänen Residency, Finland

2016 – Gallery Síň, Telč, Czech Republic

Solo / duo shows

2023 – with Sarah Jost, Gallery Petr Michal Bohun, Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia

2022 – Periscope gallery, Salzburg, Austria

2021 – 2022 – public art work The Weather Cabinet commission for Oulu Art Museum

2021 – Ars Libera Gallery, Kuopio, Finland

2018 – konText gallery, Brno, Czech

2018 – Galleria 3H+K, Pori, Finland

2017 – As a Carrot I live Life in Order, with Romana Horáková, Galerie Síň, Telč, Czech

2015 – Take Me to The Bear Mountains, Galerie Síň, Telč,

2015 – Light Trap, with Honza Šípek, Chapel of Saint John Nepomuk, Nymburk, Czech

2014 – Soil Lazyness, Flop Galerie, Olomouc, Czech

2014 – Dowser, Galerie Prokopka, Praha, Czech

2013 – Before Winter Comes, Galerie Horká, Olomouc

2013 – Naposedu, Galerie 3+1, Praha, Czech

2011 – Eržiko!, Galerie Dům u tří knížat, Brno, Czech

Group exhibitions / symposiums

2023 – Other Art Fair, Torino, Italy

2023 – Lithuanian Pavilion, Biennale of Architecture, Venice, Italy

2023 – Kabinet T, Zlín, Czech 

2022 – Mustarinda Löyly, Entrance Gallery, Praha, Czech 

2022 – symposium and exhibition Voda/Water, Dom Jana Hálu, Liptovská galéria, Slovakia

2022 – Porin kulttuurisäätö Biennnial “Visitors”, Helsinki, Finland

2021 – Dom Jana Hálu, Liptovská galéria, Slovakia

2021 – Örö, Finland

2019 – LIAF, Lofoten International Art Festival, Biennial, Norway

2018 – Ställbergs Gruva, Sweden

2017 – Mustarinda exhibition, Titanik gallery, Turku, Finland

2017 – Symposium Šumakárt, Šumava, Czech

2016 – LUSTR, festival of contemporary illustration, Prague, Czech
2016 – RurArtMap – zpráva o létě na venkově, Prague, Czech
2016 – Symposium Chaos, Kabinet Gallery, Střítež u Poličky, Czech

2016 – Earthlings, group exhibition of Mustarinda Association Members, Finland

2016 – Khihahari, group exhibition in Moravská zemská library, Brno

2015 – V IKB, Galerie W7, Olomouc, Czech

2015 –  Stolen Magpie Nest, Lost walk, streets in Boskovice, Czech

2014 – Diploma Exhibition, Faculty of Art Education, Konvikt, Olomouc

2013 – Ksiazkowy design, Czeski Festival w Giwicach, Gliwice, Poland

2013 – Art Books Wanted, Tabook festival, Tábor, Czech

2013 – Art Books Wanted, Design Blok, Praha, Czech

2013 – Graphics of the Year, Praha, Czech

2012 – Trienal of Student Illustrations, Museum of Art Havlíčkův Brod, Czech

2012 – Symposium Šumakárt, Šumava, Czech

2012 – Diploma Exhibition, Faculty of Fine Arts, Hala Gong, Ostrava, Czech

2012 – Gallery Art Wall, DOX Gallery, Praha, Czech

2012 – Gallery Armaturka, Ústí nad Labem, Czech

2012 – Knihahahaři, Gallery Zamostek, Opole, Poland

2011 – The Most Beautiful Czech Book, The Museum of Czech Literature, Praha

2011 – Book design studio, Katowice, Poland

2011 – Virtualizácija, Galéria L, Riga, Latvia

2010 – Projektowanie graficzne z Ostravy, Krakow, Poland

2010 – Dva razy inaczej, Galerie ZNACZY SIE, Krakow, Poland


Collaboration & curating & teaching

2023 – now with curator Katie Lenanton on Bar Tender project

2024 – Symposium Architecture – no science! – Mediating architecture, lecture

2024 – Lecture at Art School Maa, Helsinki

2023 – co-curating exhibition Communities of Coexistence, Lähde library Jyväskylä, Finland

2022 – Climate change in me, design of teaching materials written by Henna Laininen

2022 – bookbinding of book: If you show me what you know, can I tell you what I see?

for Rooftop press

2021 – 2022 – commissioned public art work The Weather Cabinet for Oulu Art Museum, Finland 

2022 – HIAP supporting curator for Empowering Tools for RIBOCCA Biennial, Latvia / Finland

2019 – 2024 –  Evolution in Action, research team of scientists and art educators, Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland

2018 – series of posters for Nordic block for
Gallery Klubovna

2018 – On Art Becoming Forested – Exercises for Post-Fossil Conditions, graphic designer, KUVA – Academy of Fine Arts Helsinki, Finland

2017 – collaboration with magazine Elonkehä, illustrator

2017 – Siemenpuu association, contribution with illustrations and text

2017 – collaboration with Clean Ocean Sailing

2017 – Mustarinda Art workshops for Hyrynsalmi school, teacher and organizer

2017 – founder of Window gallery in Hyrynsalmi village (together with many other Mustarinda members)

2016 – now – yearly Mustarinda Art Camp for children, lecturer and organizer, together with Riitta Nykänen,
Selina Väliheikki and Matti Niinimäki, Mustarinda, Finland

2016 – Art teacher – Graphic design and Animation,
Art School Řevnice, Czech Republic

2016 – Paper design for Paperi Kauppa Putinki,
NIDE Bookstore, Room – Helsinki, Finland

2014 – 2016 – illustrator and graphics designer for
Tabula Fabula workshops, Prague

2012 – 2020 –external graphics designer for educational projects for InBáze – center for migrants living in Czech Republic (Crates of stories, Ethno Cook Book for Children, Refufest)

6 / 2015 – concept and realization of public moving library in collaboration with community gardens Za()hrada in Olomouc and Rajská zahrádka in Brno, Czech Republic

6 / 2015 – realization of Migrating bookish booth – public library on wheels for InBáze in Prague

2014 / 2015 – external lecturer for House of Art in Brno

2013 / 2014 – graphics designer for Prague Micro Festival – contemporary poetry fest

2012 – now – external lecturer for art workshops in InBáze, Prague

2010 – now – lecturer of many workhops – bookbinding, illustration, animation etc.

2010 – as illustrator and graphic designer collaborated with many other institutions, associations and independent artists

Awards / Grants

2023, Nida Art Colony

2023, Gallery Liptov, Slovakia

2022, Periscope Gallery, Austria

 2022, Gallery Liptov, Slovakia

2022, NART (Narva Art Residency), Estonia

2022, Styria-Artist-in-Residence Scholarship, Graz, Austria

2022, Porin kulttuurisäätö

2021: State Art Prize for multidisciplinary art, Mustarinda Association.

2021, Oulun Taidemuseo

2020, Kone Foundation (Evolution in Action team)

2019, Frame, Finland

2013 – Honorable Mention for book Samozvání, Art Books Wanted,
Edition Lidu, Praha

2012 – Honorable Mention for illustration works, Fenomenon Book, Brno

Publications & texts

2023 – Výkladový slovník, illustrations for a children book.

2023 – publication “Forest Continuum Workbook” for Lithuanian pavilion “Forest Pavilion for Children”, Venice Biennale of Architecture

2023 – interviews with artists of Communities of Coexistence exhibition (editing together with Tiina Arjukka Hirvonen, Evolution in Action)

2023 – Reconstructing in/with the house, collective article of Mustarinda members, published by Tiede &Edistys

2022 Climate change in me. Written by Henna Laininen. Design of teaching materials.

2022 – Weather Cabinet, book published and commissioned by Oulu Art Museum

2022 – Porin Biennale – Visitors catalogue, conversation with Andrea Coyotzi Borja

2022 – Reality Harvester – Nature after Data after Nature, article with Maryam Fanni

2020 – Mustarinda magazine, Gather together

2018 – On Art Becoming Forested – Exercises for Post-Fossil Conditions, KUVA – Academy of Fine Arts Helsinki, Finland

2017 – Letters about Future, Siemenpuu foundation

2017 – Elonkehä magazine, 3/2017, 4/2017

since 2016 – Taideleiri Magazine, annually

2016 – Ethno Cook Book for Children, InBáze
(center for migrants in Prague)

2015 – now – Crates of Stories – manuals for multicultural education based on sharing stories, InBáze

2013 – Mustarinda Off the Grid, Mustarinda association

2012 – Samozvání

2010 – City Means

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photo ~ Rooa Paldanius