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Field Trip #15 with Kristy Guevara-Flanagan,

January 2, 2017 posted in events, projects


Mothertime, still

29th of January 2017
15:00 – 18:00h
Upominki hosts m/other voices

During The International Film Festival Rotterdam: IFFR 2017, m/other voices holds a Field Trip with Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, to talk and share creative insights brought forth by her practices as a mother and a film maker. As part of the Field Trip we will be screening her work Mothertime. (For more information scroll below.)

Kristy Guevara-Flanagan teaches courses on documentary filmmaking at the School of Theater, Film and Television. Her first feature-length film was an acclaimed documentary covering four years in the lives of four adolescent girls. Going on 13 was an official selection of Tribeca, Silverdocs, and many other film festivals worldwide. It received funding from ITVS and was broadcast on public television in 2009. Guevara-Flanagan has also produced and directed several short films, including El Corrido de Cecilia Rios, winner of the Golden Gate Award for Best Bay Area Short Documentary at the San Francisco International Film Festival, a chronicle of the violent death of 15-year-old Cecilia Rios. It was an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival and subsequently broadcast on the Sundance Channel. Her most recent feature, Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines, traces the evolution and legacy of the comic book hero Wonder Woman as a way to reflect on society’s anxieties about women’s liberation. The film garnered numerous awards, premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival in 2012 and was broadcast on the PBS series Independent Lens in 2013. Guevara-Flanagan received her M.F.A. in cinema from San Francisco State University.

Embracing the innovative technology of the Go-Pro camera, Mothertime is an essayistic portrait sweeping us into a corporeal experience in parenting. By using a very small, portable camera worn by mother and child, or left on any surface and turned on and off remotely, this video is a real-time, sensorial journey spanning the frenetic to mundane. Set primarily amidst scenes of domestic life in their first home, the camera captures the whimsical, ordinary, sometimes claustrophobic repeating loops of work and play in daily life. The audience is drawn into the raw and messy reality of the mother-daughter relationship as the markers of toddlerhood become the turning points of the film itself. Early mobility, language acquisition, and increasing independence play out as preparation for the move from one house to another. Like a feminist Leviathan, the video aims to disrupt expectations as the audience itself embodies the mother-child. Ultimately,Mothertime breaks down the distinction between artist and corporeal mother and invites the viewer to do the same. To see the labor of motherhood as neither romanticized nor banal. 

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ARTISTS TALK dance, exhibition and radio

April 25, 2016 posted in events, projects, subsidy


ARTISTS TALK dance, exhibition and radio
 with Annie Vigier and Franck Apertet (les gens d’Uterpan) and Weronika Zielinska organized by Upominki

Friday, May 6th, 2016 at 8.30PM

@WORM, Boomgaardsstraat 71, 3012 XA Rotterdam, Netherlands

Free entrance

The evening will focus on the broad notion of exhibition spaces and the challenging opportunities of performance, regarding conventional practices’ settlement and media. Through audio extracts of the radio project You are a dancer, Annie Vigier and Franck (les gens d’Uterpan) and Weronika Zielinska will highlight to what extent the responsibility towards the audience, both that of the artist, and that of the operator, is to produce the critical positions and the new public.

You are a dancer, an application of the re|action process

Artists’ statement: Using the radio we transpose our work and the action of the choreographer by applying his or her injunctions, orders and exhortations to the listener. The decontextualisation of the choreographer’s authority through the use of radio appropriates the qualities, restrictions and formatting of radio itself. Our strategy lies in using the specificity of radio and the choreographer’s authoritarian ascendancy over the body. Each session applies a principle of exhortation, injunction and authority inherent or in relation to our practice (injunctions, orders, exhortations, systems of enunciation, rhythmic scores).
The sessions have different lengths. Their purpose is for radio broadcast only. Each session has its own format and programming procedure according to its nature, its radiophonic status and the intended impact.


The project is made possible with the financial support from City council of Rotterdam.

les gens d’Uterpan are supported by: Ile-de-France Regional Cultural Affairs Office – Ministry of Culture and Communication – Support to the choreographic company 2015-2017. Ile-de-France Region agreement of artistic and cultural permanency. The company les gens d’Uterpan (Annie Vigier and Franck Apertet), had been in residence from 2009 to 2014 at CAC Bretigny and they are supported by the Département de l’Essonne.
They are represented by the gallery Salle Principale (Paris)




De Klankentuin (sounds garden)

September 3, 2015 posted in events, subsidy
muzikaal selfie (2)
Loek Vellekoop – muzikaal selfie

De Klankentuin (sounds garden)
@Festival ‘Kunst in het Witte de Withkwartier’

September 12th, Saturday: 12pm – 7pm
September 13th, Sunday: 12pm – 6pm

During Festival ‘Kunst van het Witte de Withkwartier’ Upominki presents: De Klankentuin (sounds garden).
For this occasion the Eendrachtstuin will become a place where the experiment happens and where the stories are being told.

Location: Eendrachtstuin (Eendrachtsstraat)
Festival map: Area F

On Saturday September 12th the visitors are welcome to explore the sounds of the playground appropriated through an interactive installation of Koen Mooij, and assisted by instruments and improvising minds of Luuk Ottenhof and Tim Fraanje.
When walking further deep in the green space, you will encounter the different audio pieces by Anna Maria Łuczak, Jozeth van de Snepscheut and Angharad Williams.

On Sunday September 13th the artist Loek Vellekoop will take you to his world of sounds coming out from the self made instruments. Throughout that day children are welcome for a small musical challenge in De Klankentuin. Here they can also collect one more stamp of the family day route!

About the artists:


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The Island which is folded like dry bread / documentation

April 25, 2015 posted in documentation, events

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The Island which is folded like dry bread

April 20, 2015 posted in events

Dear …,

Together with the artist Vasiliki Sifostratoudaki I have a pleasure to invite you to a special event hosted at Upominki on the 23rd of April, at 16:00 untill 17:30.

The Island which is folded like dry bread is an exclusive event with wich we wish to approach a very specific group of participants. Therefore it would be wonderful if you could join us.

Please RSVP to before Monday the 20th of April.

Looking forward to hear from you.




Vasiliki Sifostratoudaki: 


Through the repetitive sound of the leaves rustled by the wind, 

a layer below the sky is made.


One is invited 

to hear it, 

see it, 

move and play with the island.

The Island which is folded like dry bread  is a research based work that takes place throughout three separate readings, each being hosted in a different space in Rotterdam: a gallery and its pavement, inside a botanical garden, and on the square in front of a communal reading room.

During the events the different groups are invited to listen to the story and after this we construct a temporal and transportable island. Throughout the interplay of the group a new reading is possible for ourselves and for the viewer passing by.

All the materials are provided. The language of the readings is either Dutch or English.

We are looking forward to seeing you there.

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Vasiliki Sifostratoudaki:


Door het herhalende ritselen van de bladeren in de wind, 

 ontvouwt zich een laag onder de hemel.


 Je wordt uitgenodigd

 om het te horen,

 te zien,

 het eiland te verplaatsen en er mee te spelen


Het eiland, gevouwen als droog brood is een onderzoeksproject en zal plaatsvinden gedurende drie afzonderlijke lezingen op verschillende locaties in Rotterdam: een galerie en het aangrenzende trottoir, in een botanische tuin en op het plein voor een leeszaal.

Tijdens de lezing wordt men uitgenodigd te luisteren naar het verhaal, waarna er met elkaar een tijdelijk en verplaatsbaar eiland wordt gecreëerd. Door de interactie van de groep komt er een nieuwe betekenis vrij voor de deelnemers en voor de toevallige voorbijganger.

Materialen zijn beschikbaar. De lezing zal plaatsvinden in het Nederlands of in het Engels.

Wij kijken er naar uit je welkom te heten.






Conversas Rotterdam 3rd edition

January 1, 2015 posted in collaboration, events, projects

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

The third series of ten Conversas Rotterdam starts on the 14th of January and runs every Wednesday until the 18th of March 2015.

This time Conversas Rotterdam is alternating between two spaces: Mevrouw Bok and Upominki.
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) aim at an equal set up from which both the Conversadores and the group, should be able to profit.

The new series of posters is being designed by Catarina da Silva.

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Conversas Rotterdam 2nd edition

October 14, 2014 posted in collaboration, events, projects

Conversas is a series of weekly informal meetings made so that we can get to know and discuss projects and interests.
The second series of ten Conversas Rotterdam starts on the 15th of October, and runs every Wednesday until the 17th of December.

This time Conversas Rotterdam is alternating between two spaces: Mevrouw Bok and Upominki.
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) aim at an equal set up from which both the Conversadores and the group, should be able to profit.

The new series of posters is being designed by Leroy Kok. /

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Anti-ad: ANTI-DOG a project by Kipras Dubauskas / documentation

May 23, 2014 posted in collaboration, documentation, events, exhibitions



Kipras Dubauskas, Anti-ad: ANTI-DOG, commissioned by Upominki for Kunstvlaai Festival 2014

Photography credit: courtesy of the artist



Anti-ad: ANTI-DOG a project by Kipras Dubauskas

May 13, 2014 posted in events, exhibitions, projects, subsidy

Upominki presents:

Anti-ad: ANTI-DOG
A project by Kipras Dubauskas

Amstelpark, Amsterdam
21-25 May, 2014

OPENING: Wednesday 21 May 2014 at 18.00-22.00h

Upominki’s contribution for Kunstvlaai festival is made in a close collaboration with Lithuanian artist Kipras Dubauskas who’s practice is driven by the interest in the language of the street and public domain.

Taking given format – billboard – as the starting point, Dubauskas imitated ordinary advertisement that promotes pepper spray and exposed it on the partly broken stand. Within act of fracture – both physically and phonetically, he wishes to bring the attention on the current state of independent artists, and most art initiatives, where public visibility becomes the main issue that guarantees steady financial support.

Together with Dubauskas we wonder, could we comment on this problematical situation by using its very own means? Thus by using mesmerizing media strategies and radically turning them upside down – creating a chaotic situation that becomes a self-reflexive act, as well as a prominent method for criticizing particular public realm?

Anti-ad: ANTI-DOG project is a result of an on-ongoing discussion between Kipras Dubauskas and Weronika Zielinska. As one of the two case studies, in 2012 Zielinska wrote extensively about another project of Dubauskas in her MA thesis on hospitality.

Kipras Dubauskas graduated from the Vilnius Academy of Arts, Lithuania (2010) with a BA degree in sculpture department, and earned his MA from KASK in Gent, Belgium (2013). He is one of the founders and collaborators of artist-run initiative “Artkor Project Space” based in Vilnius (2006-2010).


During the festival Upominki will be taking part in one of the discusssions within the SPACES IN DIALOGUE, a themed programme of round-table discussions.

See SPACES IN DIALOGUE for more information about the programme.

24 May 2014 at 15.00 Het Glazen Huis in the Amstelpark

POSITIONING THE INITIATIVE: FINANCIAL SURVIVAL STRATEGIES: How to deal with structural and occasional financial support, membership, other ways of generating income and being (in)dependent.

With Upominki, Verein zur Förderung von Kunst und Kultur am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz e.V and Apice for Artists

To find out more about the festival’s history and its context see the link.
Planning to visit the festival?!
Check here for directions, opening hours and full programme.

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If I had it, I would give it to you

May 6, 2014 posted in collaboration, events, exhibitions
Composite image by Susanna Browne and Alice Mendelowitz, 2014

11 – 24 May 2014
OPENING: Saturday 10 May at 18.00h

An interim exhibition featuring artists enrolled in the Master of Fine Art program at the Piet Zwart Institute:

Sol Archer
Sighle Bhreathnack-Cashell
Tiffin Breen
Susanna Browne
Hunter Longe
Alice Mendelowitz
Vasiliki Sifostratoudaki
Sriwhana Spong (feat. Anna John)

Special thanks to Katarina Zdjelar and Weronika Zielinska

For more info about the accompanying public program please check:
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