BASIC INFORMATION ABOUT PAF

PAF is based in St Erme, 150km north-east of Paris, France, between Reims and Laon.
PAF (=PerformingArtsForum) is a place for the professional and not-yet professional practitioners and activists in the field of performing arts, visual art, literature, music, new media and internet, theory and cultural production, and scientists who seek to research and determine their own conditions of work. PAF is for people who can motorize their own artistic production and knowledge production not only responding to the opportunities given by the institutional market.

Initiated and run by artists, theoreticians and practitioners themselves, PAF is a user-created, user-innovative informal institution. Neither a production-house and venue, nor a research-center, it is a platform for everyone who wants to expand possibilities and interests in his/her own working practice.

PAF is
- a forum for producing knowledge in critical exchange and ongoing discursive practice
- a place for temporary autonomy and full concentration on work
- a tool-machine where one can work on developing methods, tools and procedures, not necessarily driven toward a product
- a place for experimenting with other than known modes of production and organization of work, e.g. open source production

Most importantly, PAF offers all these possibilities without imposing them. In other words, PAF depends on how you affect and are affected by taking an active part in shaping your own activity in your workplace.

PAF is a open and relatively free site (and)
PAF is a nomadic space
PAF tries to stay cheap
PAF has almost no staff
(When PAF would have a staff, the prices would be much higher and the highly appreciated autonomy offered to the participants now would be strongly limited. PAF would no longer make a difference but would become a normal well organised artists residency, where space and material belong to the staffs responsibility.)

Prices in 2019 are 18 euro per night when your stay is longer than 5 nights and 20 euro when under 5 nights. 475 euro for one month. Plus for everybody a membership fee of 12 euro, valuable for 12 months and a form to sign that PAF is not liable for any damage done to you.

As we have no staff anymore we can't pick you up at the train station any longer, that means that you have to order a taxi.
The taxi brings you for 6 euros to paf from st erme station and for 35 euros from Laon. The same price for a 3/4 person taxi as for a 7/8 person one. Before 7h and after 19h and the weekends 7 euro and 42 euros. They only speak french. Call them on beforehand as they have to come from st.erme. Inform them when you have a lot of luggage. Taxi Leblanc (St Erme) tel +33(0)323226909

PAF is a place for production; it is also produced and maintained daily by the people who stay here. PAF tries not to exclude, instead it wants to encourage all sorts of differences in resources, capacities, interests, backgrounds and knowledge. To avoid policing and hierarchical structures, PAF tries to create safety and care from within – this is an ongoing practice to be carried by all.

Whatever project you’re working on, PAF can only make it possible for you, if you make it possible for PAF too. The things in PAF are there for you and you are there for the things as well ( i.e. PAF or the coffee machine, a lecture, or a corridor is there for you as much as you are there for PAF or the coffee machine, the lecture or the corridor).

PAF wants to be an easily accessible and self-organised space. It has no selection, it is relatively cheap, its doors are open, it has no staff and is guided by four rules:

- Don't leave traces
Clean behind you in order to leave every square centimeter, that is not your private room, all the time available for everybody when you are not using it. Traces are unwanted or uninvited marks (material or immaterial) left in the space or in others.

- Make it possible for others
Think of this as an opportunity to open up space(s) by showing a rehearsal or a movie, giving a lecture, starting a discussion, cleaning a corridor, or helping somebody.

- The do-er decides
But not alone! Things are decided by the ones who do, more than the ones who talk. However, the opportunity to do is not without limits and action should be taken in consideration with others.

- Mind asymmetries
PAF is made of asymmetries. People come from different places, inhabit different bodies, have different experiences, are situated differently in power structures and have different boundaries. Take this into account, challenge your own position and let it be challenged, while respecting other people’s boundaries.

Think those rules as interrelated.

PAF aspires to be a space where intersectional, anti-racist and feminist analysis inform practice. Sexism, racism, classism, LGBTQ+phobia, ableism, ageism and any other form of discrimination or aggression are not tolerated. PAF fosters a practice of collective accountability and considers it everybody’s responsibility. More info available here.

PAF is a place for production and concentration For this reason it is not an ideal place to bring your pets and children. Yet exceptions can be made, please inquire with us beforehand.

PAF's relationship with the village is fragile. Paf is in a way semi-legal. Careful and positive relations with the villagers are necessary for its existence. PAF organises concerts, English conversation and a knitting group for the villagers. Please refrain from arty interventions or site specific events in the village and avoid loud noises in the night in the garden or the building.