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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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Space sharing

October 6, 2013 posted in money

October was a month dedicated to writing and communicating. During that period a lot of things happen but nothing was visible. Primarily this was the time for figuring out new strategies while also planning new projects. In order to survive financially, I offered Rana Hamadeh – a Lebonon artist based in Rotterdam, who at that moment was looking for a temporary studio – to share the space at Upominki. Hamadeh’s contributed to Upominki monthly budget €265.



Night Bazaar

September 20, 2013 posted in collaboration, events, money






ARTIST4ARTIST – The economic performance / selection of images

June 30, 2013 posted in documentation, labour, money, projects, research, 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, research, 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.



HARD-CORE: Ultimate Harmony / documentation

November 26, 2012 posted in documentation, functional objects and materials, money, projects
“Who does not know this feeling, when entering an exhibition, want to swap things around and reposition the works? Well, this is your chance! We would like to invite you for a hands-on co-re-curation of the exhibition ‘Ultimate Harmony’ at Upominki. Come and decide with fellow viewers what is the most optimal assemblage of this exhibition!

For ‘Ultimate Harmony’ Upominki was asked by the HARD-CORE group to organize an x amount of enthusiastic people who would wish to re-co-curate their project.  However instead, we chose to put the invitation on Facebook, and make it into an open call. Within a few days, posted as a public event the open call started by Upominki, gathered more than 15 people interested in the idea, yet first eight who reacted have been invited to participate at the end. (Text above is the original open call posted on the social media website.)

On the 9th of November the first group of co-re-curators started assembling the exhibition. Their task was to place the works in their most suitable positions. However because no work was physically presented to this group, instead each artist made an introduction on his/her piece i.e. the content of the work and some practical information (rough dimensions and the amount of equipment). Yet no visual material explaining the work or equipment being used was present during the artists’ presentations.

The second group of co-re-curators, invited on the 12th of November, was introduced to the project while the space was already filled with works according to the instructions given by the previous group. Surprisingly the focus of this team was mainly the conceptual part of the works, and how this could be highlighted in a group exhibition like this one. Such an approach resulted in the necessity of finding the most formal way of presenting each of the work.

On the 13th of November the last group came to co-re-curate ‘Ultimate Harmony’. While dealing with the two statements made already by their proclaimers, they managed to re-think the positioning of the works again, and found a way to communicate the entire exhibition with the audience. This group was asked by HARD-CORE to write a curatorial statement at the end.

The pictures below show the documentation of the very last set up. They are the result of curatorial decisions made by the last group yet with the consideration of all previous ideas.

Co-re-curators: Bas van Liempd, Dico Kruijsse, Georgie Harris, Jessica Tankard, Just Quist, Renée Staal, Roos Wijma, Rosa Sijben

‘Ultimate Harmony’ exhibition in three stages:

Eloise Bonneviot The infernal design 

Anne de Boer Icosahedron ico 1; Icosahedron ico 2; Icosahedron ico 3;

Hrafnhildur Helgadóttir An attempt to compose a self-aware art object

exhibition view

Daniel Dressel Untitled (detail)

exhibition view (on the right  Ada Avetist 6a: C.C. XIV 6b: C.C. XIII)


Our great exchange has been also expressed in money and objects both contributed by HARD-CORE. Upominki received €120 in cash, and some kitchen equipment also we earned €150 during our opening.




Paula Salas: Brought by the Rivers / documentation

September 20, 2012 posted in documentation, functional objects and materials, money, projects, research, residency

(Read more about Paula Salas’ project here)


Brought by the Rivers became an experience one of a kind; same for the artist who had the chance to be the first resident working and living at Upominki, as for the people living and working in the buildings around the space itself. Salas not only deliverd an amazing visual work with a temporal character, but especially, she managed to create an atmosphere, which will remain in our memories for a long time.


Brought by the Rivers was kindly supported by the University of Amsterdam and Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, Het Lectoraat Art & Public Space (LAPS).





In exchange, artist Joaquín Cociña (husband of Salas who also lived at Upominki for one month), shot a video for us that we will be presenting during our project at Kunstvlaai Festival of Independents | INexactly THIS (23.11- 02.12.2012)


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Jesse Walton / documentation

July 6, 2012 posted in documentation, money

acrylic on bandanas on canvas
325 x 120 x 20 cm

acylic on bandana, wood
60 x 10 x 130 cm


Exhibition views

Pictures by Ghislain Amar





wood, acrylic paint
120 x 120 x 4

Picture by Ghislain Amar



It’s simple Mathematics

May 28, 2012 posted in money

After My First Solo With… Upominki received €150 from the bar, and €75 from the meal sale.

(Delicious meal has been prepared by Upominki’s dear neighbor – Stanley)



God save the Queen

May 1, 2012 posted in money

On Queens Day during our spontaneous action with Beter Later Binnen Markt we earned €93.

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