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Tools to keep your house unfinished ~ by Isabel Marcos

July 9, 2018 posted in exhibitions, functional objects and materials, projects, subsidy


Tools to keep your house unfinished ~
Window dressing #4

15.07 – 30.08.2018

INAUGURATION: Saturday 14 July at 19:00h

Tools to keep your house unfinished by the Spanish artist Isabel Marcos, is a fourth site-specific intervention in the framework of Window dressing initiated by Upominki in the Winter of 2017.

Through the disruption of continuity and where ambiguity can be experienced – alternative spaces are being created. An ambiguity that rather than bringing us to a blur, can sharpen our senses and stimulate imagination.

Isabel Marcos believes that in such transitory spaces and in in-between realities, we find places for resistance. Where the in-betweenness exists, in a present that is looking to a future, the space questions its own identity and invites us to rethink this notion, as well as to delve into the relation between human subjectivity and inhabited structures.

Upominki is a space in transition, with upcoming walls and unexisting dropped ceilings. While being renovated collectively, we try to rethink its identity, values, means and future.

Through challenging the quotidian interactions between bodies and architecture, Tools to keep your house unfinished introduces plasticity and elasticity to both: the hard and rough surfaces, and to the tools that are being used in the renovation process. In order to invite the involved people to consider dysfunctionality as an ambiguous productivity, through these gestures – both physically and metaphorically – Marcos tries to obstruct the renovation of Upominki as such.

In the course of the evening we will screen the artist Horizon and skirting board (2015) and tell more about the start of our collaboration.

Come and join us in the on-going proces and feel free to bring anyone who might be interested!



Polymath – hominem universalis

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

image credits NIKA

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


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


The Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home 

23rd of November 2017
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 events, projects


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.

Events are open to all and the entrance is free.


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.

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Upominki participates in…

October 1, 2017 posted in events, projects, subsidy


12-15 October, 2017

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).


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
Sandim Mendes Untitled, 2016
Courtesy of the Artist

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.

Window dressing is an ongoing project that, since the beginning of this year, gradually unfolds in the frontal window of Upominki. The project takes the 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.


Conversas #81-90

February 3, 2017 posted in events, projects


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.



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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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Christmas Blessings and off to the New Year

December 29, 2016 posted in functional objects and materials, projects

etalage winter

#0.1 in collaboration with Marie-Sarah Simon

Dear collegues and friends of Upominki,

In many Polish homes an empty place is being set at the Christmas table in case a person down on luck should show up and ask for shelter. And while this rarely happens nowadays, the tradition nevertheless requires that lone strangers be taken in and treated as family…

Through this concise message I would like to extend warm Christmas Blessings to all of you who sympathize and follow my work.

There are so many things to say and so little words. Therefore my strong wish is to just leave 2016 and look forward to another year ahead!
Moreover, let’s stay together and work things out, for better days!

To wrap up with something to look up to…

What you can see on the image above is a temporary installation in the new space of Upominki on Sint-Mariastraat 132B in Rotterdam. It was made in collaboration with a great friend and artist Marie-Sarah Simon especially for this winter season. The installation (let’s just give it a name – #0.1) begins a new project that will be unfolding in the upcoming months, more information about it will follow soon.

With best wishes full of love and hope for the New Year to come.

Weronika Zielinska-Klein

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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)

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