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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 Mothernists

May 25, 2015 posted in collaboration, exhibitions, projects, subsidy

Irene Pérez_Beautiful Family_Detail
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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Ways of Working, According to an Office Desk

April 1, 2014 posted in collaboration, exhibitions, money, subsidy

Céline Berger, Rare birds in these lands, 2013, video still, courtesy of the artist.

12 April – 03 May 2014
OPENING: Friday 11 April at 19.00h

I am in the studio, it is admin time. I open the mailbox, there is a new message from the photographer that documented my latest exhibition. He has provided the images of my work in tiff format only, so I convert the set to low-res jpegs in order to update my website and portfolio accordingly. Then I forward an earlier video work from 2008, via WeTransfer, to an artist-run space in Brussels. They are hosting a symposium on ‘Clean Aesthetics,’ but I won’t attend since my travel expenses cannot be reimbursed through “sudden budget limitations.” At the same time – upload time estimated at 2 hours and 41 minutes – I try to work through a pile of receipts I kept from my short residency in Riga earlier this year, as VAT returns are due in two days. Can I declare food and drink costs? The studio visit that was planned for later this afternoon was cancelled by the curator, and instead I spend some time on Facebook and Mousse Magazine’s website, rather than starting to read “Bells and Whistles: More Speculative Realism” by Graham Harman. Supposedly, this text could inform a new series of work… I leave the studio. I am taking over a shift from a colleague at the espresso bar… 

The group exhibition Ways of Working, According to an Office Desk brings together works by Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan, Céline Berger, Dina Danish, Jakup Ferri, David Horvitz, Sally O’Reilly and Colin Perry, and revolves around the question: “How to profess, rather than how to professionalise?” [continue reading]

Curated by Niekolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk (The Office for Curating, Rotterdam) in the framework of the
5½ Proposals to Work and Live in the Current Millennium programme by Oblique International (Patrícia Pinheiro de Sousa and Susana Pedrosa), in collaboration with Weronika Zielinska (Upominki, Rotterdam).

Ways of Working, According to an Office Desk is generously suprted by Gemeente Rotterdam and Romanian Cultural Institute Brussels

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ARTIST4ARTIST – The economic performance / selection of images

June 30, 2013 posted in documentation, labour, money, projects, subsidy

ARTIST4ARTIST temporary office at Upominki

workshop Brave girls sing! Walk taller, speak louder  

brainstorm with Creasies – network of Rotterdam women entrepreneurs

workshop with Jessica Sligter, recording-artist based in Amsterdam

ARTIST4ARTIST – The economic performance was a project between Upominki and ARTIST4ARTIST. Our collaboration was based on the agreement of 12.5%; from each money earned by A4A 12,5% fee (for use of the office and other facilities) was paid to Upominki. Respectively, Upominki paid 12,5% to A4A from the subsidy they recived to realise the entire project. Last but not least, thank to our collaboration and according to A4A working method, during the summer we were able to fundraise two working periods for artist-in-residence.

ARTIST4ARTIST – The economic performance was made possible with the kind support of Gemeente Rotterdam. For more info about the project please go here. The educational program Brave girls sing! Walk taller, speak louder was made possible with the kind support of Het Rotterdamse Vrouwenfonds.

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ARTIST4ARTIST – The economic performance

April 15, 2013 posted in collaboration, events, labour, money, projects, subsidy

02 April – 30 June 2013 ARTIST4ARTIST – The economic performance. A collaborative project between Upominki and ARTIST4ARTIST platform.

2 May at 19.00h launch of ARTIST4ARTIST platform by Yuli Minguel

Despite the current economical struggles and in defiance of an omnipresent lack of trust in the financial economy, Upominki takes the challenge to enter into collaboration with a novel business initiative – ARTIST4ARTIST. Through this project, Upominki aims to explore the possibilities (and the impossibilities) of cultural entrepreneurship and profit-driven thinking. 

Between 2nd of April and 30th of June, Upominki’s corner space is turned into the office of ARTIST4ARTIST – a platform and a company, established by and for artists. Initiated by Rotterdam based singer Yuli Minguel (NL, 1978), ARTIST4ARTIST is a fresh concept of a cultural enterprise that is not purely based on speculation and the dependence between demand and supply. Instead, ARTIST4ARTIST is focused on people’s relying-ness and the mutual trust being offered within it. Moreover, the implied reciprocal approach of the platform is, on the one hand meant to bring each creative individual further in his/her achievements and on the other to enable the community to grow strong, while operating independently from an intermediary.

Over the last 2 years Yuli Minguel has been developing her concept of the ARTIST4ARTIST platform, which will now have its pilot at Upominki. From the 2nd of April A4A will be structurally at work as a team of artists working for artists’ community, firstly for singers and musicians, then ideally for artists from other disciplines.
ARTIST4ARTIST operates on the level of exchange of one’s network and the dissemination of open calls among these networks. Within this practice, the shared aim of the artists to become financially independent from agents and managers, manifests itself through a transparent and pragmatic solution.
In this pilot phase, from all the money earned by the artists the percentage of 12.5% will be forward to the other artist who booked the assignment, of which 12.5% will be then given to Upominki. During the working period at Upominki, Minguel will be researching the costs of facilitating the A4A platform in order to serve artists and their potential clients in the future.

In business-terms, the notion of economic performance refers to the way in which the success and the market strength of a certain company are both being measured. Here the economic growth and capital appreciation are the degree according to which such performance can be recognized as achieved (or not).

Through ARTIST4ARTIST – The economic performance project, Upominki points out to the idea of an economic performance in its broadest sense. By bringing together both notions of formal and informal economy, the project wishes to illuminate these aspects of the economic performance, which usually are being put aside. Hence, the aesthetic or the affective processes that play a role in the realm of economy and have an influence on the act of exchange.

Yet, does our collaboration have the potential to create a node for these informal and formal economies to meet? And otherwise, where does such take its place?

During the ARTIST4ARTIST – The economic performance project, three public events will be organized in Upominki’s adjacent space. In each of the gatherings, together with invited artists and academics, we will be exploring further the ideas of cultural entrepreneurship and economical thinking within the cultural field.

In the frame of this project, an educational program – Brave girls sing! Walk taller, speak louder – consisting of free-of-charge singing workshops for girls and women from Delfshaven district, will be conducted by Your Soul Academy. Next to that, ARTIST4ARTIST office will be open daily for walk-in coaching conversations, between Minguel and female neighbors, about achieving personal goals and the practical execution of one’s future plans.


23.05.2013 at 19.00h with  Andrew Varano (AUS) and Jessica Sligter (NL)

13.06.2013 at 19.00h with Eliska Zakova (CZ) and Rebecca Stephany (DE)

30.06.2013 at 14.00h Closing Event 

ARTIST4ARTIST – The economic performance is developed in collaboration with Jesse van Oosten and ARTIST4ARTIST platform. The public program is developed in collaboration with Eloise Sweetman.

ARTIST4ARTIST – The economic performance is made possible with the kind support of Gemeente Rotterdam. The educational program Brave girls sing! Walk taller, speak louder is supported by Het Rotterdamse Vrouwenfonds.



Finishing Touch

March 15, 2012 posted in labour, subsidy

Woonbron – free rent

6.03.2012 Dico, Mathijs 6h, Weronika 8h

8.03.2012 Marc 4h, Weronika 6h

10.03.2012 Marc 8h

11.03.2012 Marc 8h

12.03.2012 Marc 8h, Weronika 8h

13.03.2012 Marc 4h, Weronika 4h

14.03.2012 Marc 3h, Weronika 6h

15.03.2012 Marc 10h


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Going On

February 15, 2012 posted in functional objects and materials, labour, subsidy

Woonbron – free rent

Marc – table

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…A Good Start

January 15, 2012 posted in discounts, functional objects and materials, subsidy

Woonbron – free rent

Kroonint – 200€ for paint

Kroonpart – 50€ for materials

de Wild – 50% discount for drainage system

Houtboetiek – 50% discount for wood

Kroonpart – coffee machine

Houtboetiek – countertop

Marie-Sarah – overhead projector

Marc – construction wood

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