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Taking Care ~ Rachel Epp Buller

November 10, 2018 posted in collaboration, events, residency, subsidy

Taking Care, by Rachel Epp Buller
19 – 23 November 2018
12:00 – 17:00

Dear friend, by Rachel Epp Buller
Friday 23 November 2018
19:00 – 20:00

From the 19th of November to the 23rd of November, between the hours of 12:00-17:00 the artist, scholar, printmaker and mother Rachel Epp Buller can be visited at Upominki, Rotterdam, where as the artist in residence she will embroider words on in a durational performance devoted to care and listening. The artist welcomes community members to join her in embroidering, crocheting, knitting, or just in conversation.

Epp Buller’s latest work Taking Care explores letter-writing as an act of care and a bond of human connection that is directly connected to slowing down, taking time to take care, with our words and for each other. In Taking Care, the artist invites participants to write her a letter that recounts an act of care, large or small; she offers to receive these words, to intimately listen, and to embroider the words to make publicly visible these often unseen labors.

The residency period will end in the performance of ‘Dear friend’, a performative reading of letters across time, written by Rachel Epp Buller and performed together with the artists Deirdre M. Donoghue, Barbara Phillip, and Weronika Zielinska-Klein. This performative reading of letters and epistolary texts considers how feminist maternal relations of care and attunement in the present, and a willingness to listen to voices from the past, might help us to radically reorient our ways of relational being for the future. Doors will open at 18:00, the performance commences at 19:00 and lasts for 1 hour. Before the performance there will be soup served and afterwards the bar will be open.

Please reserve in advance via: info@upominki.nl

Additionally, in the framework of the ongoing Field Trip programme by the m/other voices, on Wednesday, November 21, 2018, Upominki will be hosting the artist and her guests for Field Trip #17. Please reserve via info@mothervoices.org as places are limited. For more information go to m/othervoices.org

Dr. Rachel Epp Buller is a feminist art historian, printmaker, book artist, professor and mother of three, whose art and scholarship often speak to these intersections. Her writings on art and the maternal include Reconciling Art and Mothering (Ashgate/Routledge) and the forthcoming Inappropriate Bodies: Art, Design, and Maternity (Demeter). Her current creative work explores letter-writing as a radical act of care and listening across time. Her curatorial projects often involve collaboration, across disciplines and across countries. She is a Fulbright Scholar, a board member of the National Women’s Caucus for Art (US), a regional coordinator of the international Feminist Art Project, and current Associate Professor of Visual Arts and Design at Bethel College (US).

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Beyond the Moon ~ events

October 5, 2018 posted in collaboration, events, projects, subsidy

~ Wednesday 7 November at 12:45-14:45h together with Rotterdam based artist and architect Gill Baldwin, we will be hosting a workshop for children between 6-12 years from the Oude Westen primary schools, inspired by the artist’s fascination in dysfunctionality of architecture, curved lines and asymmetry. Maak je eigen droomhuis is being realised in collaboration with De Nieuwe Gaffel, a place for meeting, citizen power, participation, emancipation and reciprocity in the Oude Westen in Rotterdam.

~ Sunday 11 November at 15-18h closing event of Ger C. Bout Beyond the Moon. This event serves as a wonderful opportunity for a local get-together of different individuals and neighbourhood initiatives, actively involved in the on-going discussion on gentrification and social housing situation in the Oude Westen area.

This project is kindly supported by

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Polymath – hominem universalis #2

June 3, 2018 posted in collaboration, events, functional objects and materials, labour, subsidy

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Polymath – hominem universalis # 2

Sunday 3rd of June at 3PM

Dear…

We are very excited to invite you to the second of many conversations/collective imaginings/speculations/gatherings/meals and workshop situations, we’ll be hosting around the notions of giving, receiving and reciprocating.

In this opportunity we will have as a guest, academic and assistant professor at the Department of Business-Society Management of Erasmus University, Dr. Samer Abdelnour.

“The discussion will try to unpack a question that social scientists have long been preoccupied with: Can actors spark institutional change when they are deeply embedded in those very institutions they seek to change? The talk will give an overview of different ways of thinking about this question, and possible ways to think about actors and institutions.

We will do our best to apply this question to our own work as well as our community and societal ambitions. Bring your thoughts, ideas and questions!”

As part of this workshop, Samer would like to share a text that addresses some of the key themes we will be discussing:

http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0170840617708007

Over the course of the afternoon and alongside Samer’s presentation, readings and discussion, we´ll be looking into some excerpts of texts that may inspire our conversation.
We will revisit John Brunner’s sci-fi novel, Polymath, while we actively change and create the new physical space of Upominki.
As such, and for the purpose of this new beginning, we would like to offer a non-monetary transaction for your time and dedication in the creation of the new Upominki.

If you are interested in participating, we then ask you:
How could we reciprocate? What would you need most of a space like Upominki? How can we build a relationship that benefits both the space and your needs or desires? What can we do for you?

The gathering will start at 3PM at Upominki, feel free to propose someone who might be especially interested in these ideas.

Please confirm your participation so we can make sure to have enough food, drinks and tools for all of us.

We are really excited about these get-togethers and look forward to seeing you there!

Weronika and Natalia

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Polymath – hominem universalis is a series of gatherings meant to open up a discussion on the post-work post-home and post-capitalism time. Taking as a starting point the book of John Brunner, together with the invited guests, we tend to touch upon the notion’s like: skills, being skilled, being universal versus being trained in a specific field, being a hybrid person (among others).

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Polymath – hominem universalis

March 27, 2018 posted in collaboration, events, functional objects and materials, labour, projects, subsidy

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Dear …,

Since the beginning of 2012 Upominki has been operating in Rotterdam, and beyond, as a platform for exchanging artistic ideas.

It became a space through which life and work connect. The unofficial opening of Upominki took place on the 20th of March 2012, which was also the day of my …birthday. Maybe it’s a coincidence, maybe not. Yet, we (Natalia, you and myself) find ourselves almost at the same time of the year, six years further from Upominki’s initial thoughts on giving, receiving and reciprocating.

On appreciating and giving back.
On labor. On time.
On investment, knowledge and sharing.
On sharing knowledge, especially that of the artist, the mother, the friend, the lover, the neighbor
On care. On acknowledging the other, and oneself reflected in her/him/it/they.
On acknowledging the presence and consistency of those who decide to stick around, no matter the material return, the profit or advantage it may reward.

“A polymath is a man or woman adapted and trained for years, right up to the age of forty, to take on one job on one particular planet. Not a superman, not a kind of walking computer, just a person with a special kind of dedication who’s been worked on by a vast team of experts, chemically, surgically, intellectually… I couldn’t tell you this, because you’d expect me to perform miracles. First you had to get acquainted with me as a person, didn’t you? Otherwise you’d have regarded me as a machine.” Pg. 70

Today we are very excited to invite you to the first of many conversations/collective imaginings/speculations/gatherings/meals and workshop situations, we’ll be hosting around the above notions and questions, but also many more that may derive from our collective thinking.

Together with you we would like to establish a group of informal board of trustees, friends and colleagues, who are open to think, discuss and implement a communal idea of how to work together?

 “Point taken, Lex. I guess all of us want to go on seeing things run by popular consent, too, not by one man the way they are up on the plateau.” Pg102 

 Would you like to accept this invitation?

Over the course of the early afternoon on Sunday 25th of March 2018, accompanied by food and warmth, we´ll be looking into some excerpts of texts that may inspire our conversation. During the reading/discussion Marc will develop a restoration workshop, where we will be invited to propose solutions, restore, fix or give new functions to objects that no longer serve their original purpose.

Therefore, please bring an object with you that needs restoration, has to be fixed and/or re-adapted but you never had enough time to do so.

The gathering will start at 12PM at Upominki, feel free to propose someone who might be especially interested in the idea.

Please confirm your participation so we can make sure to have enough food, drinks and tools for all of us.

We are really excited about these get-togethers and look forward to seeing you there!

Weronika and Natalia

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Polymath – hominem universalis is a series of gatherings meant to open up a discussion on the post-work post-home and post-capitalism time. Taking as a starting point the book of John Brunner, together with the invited guests, we tend to touch upon the notion’s like: skills, being skilled, being universal versus being trained in a specific field, being a hybrid person (among others).

Quotes: Polymath John Brunner DAW BOOKS, INC. DONALD A. WOLLHEIM, PUBLISHER 1301 Avenue of the Americas New York, N. Y. 10019

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Field Trip #16 with Lena Simic

November 21, 2017 posted in events, projects

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The Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home 

23rd of November 2017
12:00-15:00h
Upominki hosts m/other voices

During the event Lena will both introduce us to her practice within the ‘Institute for Art and Practice of Dissent at Home’ and narrate this part of her transdisciplinary practice through a contextual framing of ‘maternal practice’.

Lena Simic is a performance practitioner, scholar and pedagogue, born in Dubrovnik, Croatia, living in Liverpool, UK. She is a co-organizer of The Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home and Reader in Drama at Edge Hill University, UK.
The Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home  is an art activist initiative run from her home together with Gary Anderson and their four children Neal, Gabriel, Sid and James.
Together with her umbrella arts project Maternal Matters which collects a number of maternal video artworks and performances, The Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home  has functioned as Lena’s methodological frame and artwork for her creative processes and outputs. Her autobiographical performance practice is informed by feminist discourse and its relation to everyday lived experience, memory and fantasy. Recent artist publications include: 4 Boys [for Beuys] (2016), Five: 2008 – 2012 (2014), a book documenting the first five years of the Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home), The Mums and Babies Ensemble: A Manual(2015), Foundations with Free University of Liverpool (2012), Blood & Soil: we were always meant to meet… performance document, with Jennifer Verson (2011) and Maternal Matters and Other Sisters Artist Catalogue (2009).

 

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Conversas Rotterdam #101-110

November 6, 2017 posted in collaboration, events, projects

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Conversas is a series of weekly informal meetings made so that we can get to know and discuss projects and interests.

During the event three Conversadores (those who talk at Conversas) bring something to share with the gathered group, for thirty minutes each. As the title suggests itself, Conversas (Conversations in Portuguese) offer an equal set up from which all can benefit.
There’s beer for 2€ (donation for the next publication).

The eleventh series of Conversas Rotterdam is hosted by Upominki (Sint-Mariastraat 132B Rotterdam) and Publication Studio Rotterdam (Zaagmolenstraat 129a) and takes place on Wednesdays between 19.00 and 21.00 (4th of October – 6th of December). Weekly we will alternate between these two locations. This series is organised by Constança Saraiva, Harrie Bots, Oana Clitan in collaboration with Weronika Zielinska-Klein and Yin Yin Wong.

Conversas is a project by Constança Saraiva and Mafalda Fernandes initiated in Lisbon, in 2012.
Nowadays, it’s a project of many people and cities.
www.conversas.net

Events are open to all and the entrance is free.

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Posters of the series Conversas #101 – #110
Designed by Heike de Wit

Heike is a graphic design student from the Netherlands, currently doing an internship at
Publication Studio Rotterdam. One of the locations of the global network of Publication Studios, which
focusses on publishing and designing works of promising and sometimes starting writers and artists. Her own works consists of essays surrounding media theory—mostly current graphic design culture and visual anthropology—but also design fiction, visual essays, an intervention in the public domain and experimental typefaces are categories she practices. She likes quality time with people she loves and thinking about what to wear the next day.
www.heikedewit.com

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Upominki participates in…

October 1, 2017 posted in events, projects, subsidy

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12-15 October, 2017
THE MOTHERNISTS II: WHO CARES FOR THE 21st CENTURY?

October 12-15th, ANAFORUM presents: ‘The Mothernists II: Who Cares for the 21st Century?’, an international symposium on care work and intergenerational feminist knowledge-sharing held in conjunction with the exhibition ‘Mothernizing ANA: Who Cares for the Future?’ The symposium is co-organized by Lise Haller Baggesen and Deirdre M. Donoghue and is co-hosted by Astrid Noacks Ateliers and the The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts

‘The Mothernists II: Who Cares for the 21st Century?’ is the second iteration of ‘The Mothernists’, a transatlantic summit / art exhibition held in The Netherlands in June 2015, which brought together the work and thought of practicing international artists and art historians for the cross pollination of art, philosophy, and maternal theory, practice, and experience.

Participating scholars, artists, mothers, activists in ‘The Mothernists II’:
Irina Aristakhova (USA), Lisa Baraitser (UK), Yvette Brackman (DK), Rosemarie Buikema (NL), Myrel Chernik (USA), Chloé Clevenger (USA), Ada Corsi (DK), Christa Donner (USA), Deirdre M. Donoghue (NL), Pirkko Donoghue (FIN), Kirsten Dufour (DK), Rachel Epp Buller, (USA), Arahmaiani Feisal (IDN), Dyana Gravina (UK), Lise Haller Baggesen (USA), Jubsi Baggesen (DK), Courtney Kessel (USA), Tina Kinsella (IRE), Natalie Loveless (CAN), Irene Lusztig (USA), Nanna Lysholt Hansen (DK), Elena Marchevska (UK), Irene Pérez (ESP), Micah Perks (USA), Barbara Philipp (NL), Shira Richter (ISR), Lena Simic (UK), Emily Underwood-Lee (USA), Faith Wilding (USA), Sheena Wilson (CAN), Weronika Zielinska-Klein (NL), Danielle C. Wyckoff (USA), DRANG (DK). 

With contributions from:
Bracha L. Ettinger (ISR) and Silvia Federici (USA).

‘The Mothernists II’ has been made possible by support from Astrid Noacks Ateliers, Copenhagen (DK), Centrum Beeldende Kunsten, Rotterdam (NL) and The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art, Copenhagen, (DK).

Weronika Zielinska’s (Upominki) participation in the ‘The Mothernists II’ has been made possible with the support from Centrum Beeldende Kunsten,Rotterdam (NL).

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THE MOTHERNISTS II MANIFESTA
Lise Haller Baggesen & Deirdre M. Donoghue

 

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Window dressing #2

September 20, 2017 posted in events, functional objects and materials, labour, projects
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Window dressing #2 by Sandim Mendes
24 September – 30 November 2017

INAUGURATION: Saturday, 23 September 2017 at 19:00h

Sandim Mendes (NL, 1986) is a mixed media artist with a strong focus on photography and textile design. Throughout her projects Sandim researches the concept of identity in and between the various cultures. While looking back at and exploring the classic fine arts techniques, the artist’ manual labor involved in the production process, often becomes part of her work.

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Window dressing is an ongoing project since 2017 that gradually unfolds in the frontal window of Upominki. The project takes a form of smooth gestures that come and go, while being carried out by various invited artists. As the months go by, Upominki’s window becomes an on-site dialogue where the individual and the collective identity meet. Window dressing is made possible with the joint effort of beloved family and friends.

 

 

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Conversas #81-90

February 3, 2017 posted in collaboration, events, projects

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Conversas #81-90
8 February – 12 April 2017
Weekly: Wednesdays at 19.00h

(Please be on time, seats are limited.)

Conversas is a series of weekly informal meetings made so that we can get to know and discuss projects and interests.

During the event three Conversadores (those who talk at Conversas) bring something to share with the gathered group, for thirty minutes each. As the title suggests itself, Conversas (Conversations in Portuguese) offer an equal set up from which all can benefit.
There’s beer for 2€ (donation for the next publication).

The ninth series of ten Conversas Rotterdam starts on the 8th of February, and runs every Wednesday until the 12th of April. The events are happening at Upominki, and are organized by Constança Saraiva, Harrie Bots and Oana Clitan in collaboration with Weronika Zielinska-Klein. The visual identity for this series of Conversas is designed by Nikos ten Hoedt.

For weekly program and updates please follow our facebook page.

Conversas is a project by Constança Saraiva and Mafalda Fernandes initiated in Lisbon, in 2012.
Nowadays, it’s a project of many people and cities.
www.conversas.net

 

 

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Upominki participates in…

February 3, 2017 posted in events

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SYMPOSIUM: THE AUTONOMOUS FABRIC
Initiated by Autonomous Practices department of Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam

Free, please register: https://guestlist.co/events/444144
Full program: https://goo.gl/g7uw81

On self-organization

THE AUTONOMOUS FABRIC symposium brings together over 20 self-organized practices located in the city of Rotterdam. They will discuss their short and long term impact on the city and society and question their potential as a learning environment.

The majority of self-organized initiatives in Rotterdam has been mapped in the framework of THE AUTONOMOUS FABRIC. The current count is over 85. An (online) publication that maps the growing inventory of these autonomous initiatives in Rotterdam will be launched the same day.

Participating self-organized practices:
Afrikaanderwijk CoöperatieBcademie.nl, Bibliotecha, Conversas Rotterdamfoundation B.a.dgalerie GalleryInstituto Buena Bista (IBB) “The Curacao Center for Contemporary Art”Leeszaal WestShowroom MAMA, M/other Voices, New School Collective, ObservatoriumPeach, Performance Art Event, The Performance BarPost OfficePublication Studio RotterdamStad in de Maak – City in the MakingUpominkiV2 Instituut voor de instabiele mediaWallgallery Rotterdamthepiratebay.worm.org and others (TBA)

Moderators:
Petra van Brabandt, Binna Choi, Florian Cramer, Geert Lovink, Noor Mertens, Malique Muhamud and others (TBA)

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In 2016 The Willem de Kooning Academy started a long-term research trajectory called THE AUTONOMOUS FABRIC initiated by the Autonomous Practices department. THE AUTONOMOUS FABRIC researches how self-organized artist and activist practices engage with other disciplines, the city and each other. THE AUTONOMOUS FABRIC revolves around two questions:

In what ways do self-organized practices find new forms to manifest themselves and what visions to shape society do they present?

How can an art school connect itself to this fabric of autonomous makers in the city in a structural way?

THE AUTONOMOUS FABRIC will kick off in the form of a one-day symposium. The symposium will be situated at the WdKA and six different self-organized spaces in the city of Rotterdam. At every location a specific topic is addressed that’s relevant to the location, which will be discussed with public, experts, teachers and other initiatives. These discussions will take place in a small setting.

SYMPOSIUM: THE AUTONOMOUS FABRIC
Friday February 10, 2017 – 11:00 – 21:30h
Initiated by Autonomous Practices department of Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam
Starting location: Willem de Kooning Academie, Blaak 10 Rotterdam

Attendance is free, but please register here: https://guestlist.co/events/444144

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