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 responsability.)

The highly appreciated autonomy can only be maintained when everybody takes part in the every day maintenance organisation.
In other words: -Don’t leave traces and put things back where you found them.
To be more concrete: - clean up the personal and general dirt you left behind you. - do not colonize space nor information (books, dvd’s etc.), - and keep information, materials, apparatuses and spaces available and moveable.
To say it differently: Make it possible for others, not by retreating, not by withdrawel, or by being modest, on the contrary, making it possible for others is thought as active participation. Through action one offers and opens spaces in which others can take part. One proposes participation in an open rehearsal, a lecture, a conversation, a film or documentairy showing and/or by cleaning up and maintening general space.
In other words: one does. This makes that the doer decides at PAF.

Prices in 2014 are 17 euro per night from 5 nights and 19 euro under 5 nights. 450 euro for one month. Plus for everybody a membership fee of 12 euro valuable for 12 months and a paper to sign that PAF is not liable for any damage done to you.

During SpringMeeting, SummerUniversity and WinterUpdateMeeting, when food will be served, one pays 17 euro per day extra for the food.

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 5 euros to paf from st erme station and for 30 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 5 euro and 40 euros
Call them on beforehand as they have to come from st.erme and sometimes they have to organize a driver.

Inform them when you have a lot of luggage. 
Taxi Leblanc (St Erme) tel  +33(0)323226909

When the weather is nice you can also walk. The station is 2200meter from paf. take the road between the Pharmacie and Cap vert and follow the line in the middle. the way is up a little bit.

Look at the PAF website, www.pa-f.net under 'How to go to PAF' for the latest train schedules. There is a new bus/train connection directly from airport Charles de Gaulle.

3 rules, 3 no's, 3 principles:

PAF has 3 rules.
- Don't leave traces
- Make it possible for others
- The do-er decides
(Think them interrelated)

PAF has 3 no's.
-no partners (unless the partner has a project to work on), no animals, no kids. PAF wants to be a production place not a social one.

PAF has 3 principles.
1. Reversibility: The things in PAF ( whether they are objects, subjects or institutions/organisations) are there for you and you are there for the things as well. I.e. PAF or the coffee machine, the other or a corridor is there for you as much as you are there for PAF or the coffee machine, for the other or the corridor.
2. Exchange. Of whatever Knowledge, Machines, Expertise, Spaces, Times, Things
3. Liquidity. You are kindly invited to make fluid what is fixed, whether this concerns your mental (I am like this) or your material property.

To enhance the Taking Care For Yourself And For The Other, we experiment with a self-check-in. This is laid out in the entrance hall. Please respect the free (green) or occupied (red) sign, even when a room seems to be empty. This might have reasons of planning on our side. You find your sheets and towel in the laundry room, please respect orderly piles.
The mutual use of the available studios is discussed and negociated between the colleagues when you are in PAF. The principles and rules are the guidelines for this.

We wish you a fruitful time in PAF.