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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 #2

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

image credits NIKA

Polymath – hominem universalis # 2

Sunday 3rd of June at 3PM


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:

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


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).



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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Welcome – Natalia Sorzano!

February 10, 2018 posted in labour, open call, subsidy


Natalia Sorzano graduated with degrees in Law and fine art from Los Andes University in Bogotá, 2010. Alongside her artistic practice, she worked in the field of human rights research, and coordinated the office for LGBTIQ affairs for the Colombian Government. On 2016, Natalia finished her MFA degree in fine art (cum laude) at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam, where she is now based. She co-founded and co-directs the facilitative and collaborative artist-run platform by the name of GHOST. Her most recent exhibitions were at BÎTACORA (Bogotá 2018), M I A M I Prácticas Contemporáneas (Bogotá, 2017) and MACBA (Barcelona, 2017). Natalia composes and exemplifies conversations and encounters into music, video and installation works. Her practice explores belief practices, mixed identities and relation, channeling multiple voices and modes of story telling to juxtapose mysticism, politics, oral histories and theory.




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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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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De Klankentuin (sounds garden)

September 3, 2015 posted in events, subsidy
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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 Mothernists

May 25, 2015 posted in exhibitions, projects, subsidy

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Irene Pérez, Beautiful Family, 2011 

Within the framework of The Mothernists Conference June 5/6/7 Upominki is pleased to host the international group exhibition.

The Mothernists
6 June – 5 July, 2015
OPENING: Saturday 6 June at 20:00

The Mothernists exhibition features works by:
Guy Ben-Ner (IL) / Irene Pérez (ES) / Ane Hjort Guttu (NO) / Lise Haller Baggesen Ross (DK) / Courtney Kessel (USA) / Elżbieta Jabłońska (PL) / Adam Rzepecki (PL)

The Mothernists Conference June 5/6/7 is a three-day-long transatlantic conference, bringing together the work and thought of practicing international artists, art historians, educators, curators and writers on the topic of caring labour and cultural re-production. The Mothernists attempts to open up philosophical, political, aesthetic and social questions made visible through the co-existing practices of mothering and cultural re- production, bringing these into the diverse discourses that the participants professionally as artists, writers, philosophers, curators, historians and educators are part of.

Lise Haller Baggesen Ross (DK) / Dr. Rachel Epp Buller (USA) / Christa Donner (USA) / Andrea Francke (UK) / Renske Janssen (NL) / Courtney Kessel (USA) / Dr. Natalie S. Loveless (USA) / Irene Pérez (ES) / Shira Richter (IL) / Miriam Schaer (USA) / Esmé Valk (NL) / Mirjam Westen (NL)

Exhibiting artists
Guy Ben-Ner (IL) / Irene Pérez (ES) / Ane Hjort Guttu (NO) / Lise Haller Baggesen Ross (DK) / Courtney Kessel (USA) / Elżbieta Jabłońska (PL) / Vasiliki Sifostratoudaki (GR) / Barbara Philipp (AT) / Adam Rzepecki (PL)

PrintRoom, Leeszaal Rotterdam West, Upominki


Detailed program of The Mothernists Conference can be found on or downloaded here The Mothernists Program

The Mothernists Conference is a project by the m/other voices foundation realised in close collaboration with PrintRoom, Leeszaal Rotterdam West and Upominki
The Mothernists Conference is kindly supported by Gemeente Rotterdam


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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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Ways of Working, According to an Office Desk / documentation

May 4, 2014 posted in documentation, exhibitions, subsidy

Exhibition overview
From left to right: David Horvitz, Sally O’Reilly and Colin Perry

Exhibition overview
From left to right: Dina Danish, Jakup Ferri

Exhibition overview
From left to right: Sally O’Reilly and Colin Perry, Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan

David Horvitz, Deprofessionalize, 2014, poster stack, A2 posters, design by MyLinh Nguyen
Courtesy of the artist and Chert, Berlin

Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan, I work, therefore I’m Not, 2012-ongoing, mixed media installation
Courtesy of the artists

Exhibition overview / Detail
Céline Berger, Rare birds in these lands, 2013, video, HD, 16:9, black & white, stereo, 10’51’’
Courtesy of the artist

All images copyrighted by The Office for Curating, Rotterdam, Oblique International and Upominki,  Rotterdam.

Photography credit: Ghislain Amar / White Project

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