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PAF (france) :

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
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.

-many work spaces
-50 rooms to stay, 125 total beds
-some skills during renovation
-encounters/networking population
-mailing list

-money to cover expenses
-people to stay
-daily domestic care
-some renovation (repair weeks)


LES SEMELLES (france) :

Les Semelles is based in Charleville-Mézières, in the Ardennes, at the border with Belgium, between Paris (233km) and Bruxelles (190km). It is an open collective place dedicated to arts, philosophy and politics, it addresses itself both toward the people of the town, through weekly or monthly activities, and toward people from everywhere, who comes for residencies.

There is no selection for residencies : everybody, whatsoever they are doing, can come to work, for the period of time they need. The only restriction depends on the place we have to welcome people. There are two rooms : one with a double-bed, for one or two persons, and one dormitory, for 5-6 persons. It is possible, if you feel so, to present your work at any moment of your residency, either as a performance or as an exhibition or…
We will ask 8€ / day / person to cover the fees (if you can't afford this price, we accept a free price which will be determined by yourself), and an annual membership to the association Les Semelles (2€).

Important : Les Semelles is an open space, but is not public. It is a private place, which doesn't fit to the norms in order to publicly welcome audiences. Every performance which takes place in Les Semelles has the form of a private party on invitation.

There is no staff nor subventions for Les Semelles : the place is self-reliant and self-sustaining. If you come, please keep in mind there is no workers to clean, wash, cook, repair, maintain, etc.

The Semelles' ressources are as following :
- a collective kitchen
- a little town's garden
- a DIY workshop
- a painting workshop
- a rehearsal room (ca. 90M2), which can also be used as a music room with instruments an empty wild room which is still in process to be used
- the Nef (ca. 90M2), which is a multiple usable space : a library,a video-projector with a sound-system if needed, the Nef can be transformed into a performance space

Regularly activities implies :
- every thursday, a movie is presented and screened
- music workshop (every week?)
- reading groups
- every month, « Tête de Pieuvre », an open cabaret.

- a dance floor for the rehearsal room
- tools for bricolage
- good video-projector
- painting material
- money


KERMINY (france) :

Kerminy is a old manor from the 15th and 18th centuries located at the source of the Aven (river) near the village of Rosporden (Finistère, Brittany, France). The Manor is surrounded by fields and forest and the area is becoming a vegetable farm. From 2020, it is an artistic residency linked to the landscape thanks to workshops places for sound and electronic art, dance / performance / somatic practices, wood workshop, etc, through workshop times or personal projects. kerminy develops low technology for energy, food, transport… Artists are invited to contribute to the development and place improvements. Kerminy is 3 km from Rosporden train station (3 hours from Paris, 2 hours from Nantes & Rennes), 15mn by car from the Atlantic Ocean, and lots of hiking trails.
Kerminy develops vehicles (velomobiles,etc) to be connected with its close context and the network path.

- Place to stay (20 bedrooms, communal kitchen)
- Place to work (Ecosoma space for dance & body practices, Intermedia & self sufficient lab/wood/electronic/digital workshop & tools/lands for permaculture/gardening)
- Skills sharing (agriculture & gardening/intermedia/sound-art/electronic/mechanic/architecture & design/cooking/hacking & repairing)
- Surf & landcape practices resources (bicycle,vélomobile, canoe…)

- all kinds of contributions in relation to the landscapes, the inhabitants and the history of the territory
- volunteers to animate OPEN : the users' organization (non profit)
- volunteers to take care of the place (technical skills to animate the building renovation and farming/permaculture, volunteers for “repair weeks” and maintenance
- second hand furnitures
- food and products from other places
- money (with “Open” contributions) to pay the rent, charges & facilities (taxes, insurance, heating, water, electricity, equipment, furnitures …)
Prices in 2020 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.

PLACE ANNOUNCEMENT : Kerminy will open in April 2020. We are looking for volunteers to help prepare the place. Please see the website for more information.
WEBSITE : CONTACT : phone : +33-624634103

KRA (Czech Republic)

KRA – Kravín Rural Arts is situated in the Vysočina region of the Czech Republic – a hilly area of Železné hory (Iron mountains) – in a small village Hranice u Malče. KRA is establishing longer term programs with artists and other organizations in the countryside, interested in an ecological reconversion of the (media) arts as motor for rural development. Apart from its own thematic lines, KRA is welcoming individual and group initiatives that are conform with its mission, and are interested in artistic-ecological research and development with a strong multidisciplinary nature. There are frequent DIY workshops about ecology and technology, an experimental low-fi annual festival, and many other activities organized. Residents can apply continuously throughout the year.

- Place to stay (1 dormitory, communal kitchen and bathroom)
- Place to work (outdoors, in the cowshed, …)
- Skills sharing (not defined but always welcome)

- contributors to the place (technical skills for renovation, conceptual projects…) - artistic projects
- imagining a future

- 100€ per week - we plan together food and drinks - depending on the season: additional heating costs - everything can be negotiated according to the nature of the stay (communication is the mother of invention)

PLACE ANNOUNCEMENT : No annoucement now, so let us know what you have in mind

CONTACT : e-mail:


Bidston Observatory Artistic Research Centre is a not-for-profit study site that focuses on providing individual users and groups with a low cost, temporary place to dictate their own methods of work. The centre allows practitioners to come and stay together, to develop projects that require time and space in a flexible, non-pressured environment.

This is a site for research and experimentation, primarily directed towards cultural production and supporting the development of communities. The Observatory does not look to lay claim to work produced here, and the space is not for public presentation per se. Work here is mainly co-initiated rather than steered by traditional modes of curation.

The Observatory also hosts seminars, events and workshops and is open to a range of academic and non-academic discourses; from politics and social sciences to philosophy, bodywork, collective choreography or chat; where discussion can flow from kitchen to sound recording studio, and ideas can bounce between the domes and basements. The Observatory welcomes a diversity of fields and is a forum where different types of knowledge can be tested, shared and extended. The resource is kept running (we hope!) by a nightly fee of £15 per person. The fee solely goes towards sustaining this project.

- Place to stay (beds for 22 people, communal kitchen)
- Place to work (sound and wood workspaces,etc)
- annual general events

- contributors to the collective place
- artistic projects
- active memberships

PLACE ANNOUNCEMENT : No annoucement now


MASSIA (Estonia) :


MASSIA is a residency that welcomes individuals or groups from any field - artists, activists, researchers, practitioners, scientists etc. - to follow or create their own modes of work and knowledge production. MASSIA offers itself as a platform to research, experiment and take risks with your work. As a direct offshoot of PAF, MASSIA is founded on the same ideas and principles and tries to stress the notions of self-organisation and autonomy in a hospitable and easily accessible space. MASSIA has (almost) no staff, offers low cost stay and no application is necessary.

With Massia Officinale, the ideas extend to the living surroundings and the notion of thriving in co-existence with differing others, in alliance with more-than-human worlds. The project evolves around MASSIA's medicinal herb garden and spans a communal apothecary and a growing library of knowledges. Massia Officinale generates exchanges for people within the intersections of plant practices, artistic research, science, theory and everyday practices. Creating an alternative research site and community for cultivating ways of studying, practicing and sharing knowledges.

MASSIA is located in Massiaru, on the coast of southwestern Estonia, right in between Tallinn (180 km) and Riga (140 km). 12 km from here is the Baltic Sea and its sandy beaches. 5 km from here is Nigula, one of the oldest bog reserves of Estonia with swamp forests and lakes. The area is mainly inhabited by non-human nature, forests, fields and wetlands. Prices in 2020 are 11 euro per night when your stay is longer than 4 nights, 12 euro when under 5 nights and 300 euro for one month. To enter the space you have to become a member for 12€. This membership is valuable for 12 months. Cooking will be collective and cost 8€ per day.

- 15 bedrooms, 30 beds, 2 communal kitchens
- Studios to work, big theater hall, small library, herbal apothecary, garden with medicinal herbs and vegetables - projector, soundsystem, bikes, car

- continuous flow of stayers/participants
- active memberships - art/research projects
- money to cover the running cost
- repair and maintenance work
- wish list for building projects: sauna, compost toilet, watering solutions for garden, polytunnel, forest garden

PLACE ANNOUNCEMENT : Massia Spring Meeting, 10.04.-26.04.2020



PHONE: (optionel) +37259823344

FRITZ (Germany) :


- Place to stay
- Place to work

- contributors to the collective place
- artistic projects
- active memberships

PLACE ANNOUNCEMENT : No annoucement now




The Foundry is a non-profit space for intellectuals, artists, artisans, and anyone who seeks to work outside of the institutional confines of market and university. Against the abstraction and commodification of intellectual labor, the site stresses that critical thinking is a way of living rooted in engagements with one another and with the environment.

The Foundry occupies an ensemble of old buildings in a valley in rural Galicia at 10 kilometers from the Atlantic coast. The project was started in 2018, and we are currently renovating the houses, building a permaculture garden, and organizing the first events. This is a communal effort, and we welcome those interested to join us in Spain or to propose an event.

The Foundry is open for anyone who wants to come. We try to keep it as cheap as possible; in 2020, accommodation fees will be 10 euros (and free for those who help out with construction or organize an event). The Foundry has no staff, so people are expected to clean up after themselves.


Right now, we have about 20 beds, divided over 5 individual rooms and some larger spaces where people can sleep. The basic facilities (heating, kitchen, bathrooms) are in place, and another six bedrooms should be finished by spring 2020. In the future, we should have about 15 individual rooms, plus some attic spaces with sleeping places.

We have a permaculture garden, a workshop, and some bigger spaces (including a chapel) for people to organize events.


-Volunteers to help with construction.

-People to organize events (on the website you can propose events).

-Money to cover expenses.


This summer (June or July 2020), we will make a 90 m2 theater / performance space. We need to make a new floor, stairs, etc. Any help is welcome, especially from people with some carpentry experience!




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