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.)

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 2018 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

When the weather is nice you can also walk. The station is 2200meter from paf. Take the road between the Pharmacie and the café Cap Vert and follow the line in the middle. The road goes constantly up a little bit.

Look at the PAF website, under the chapter BASICS, scroll down to green sub-chapters to  'How to go to PAF' for the latest train schedules and travel information. 
There is a new bus/train connection directly from airport Charles de Gaulle.
And for scandinavians Ryan Air opened flights from Oslo and Stockholm to Paris Vatry airport, which is quite close to Reims.

PAF provides bedcover, sheets, pillow cover and towel. 

Payment in cash or  french chèque upon arrival, or in the first days of your stay. No creditcards, no banktransfer. There is an ATM machine in the Supermarket.

PAF has 3 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)
- Make it possible for others ( thought as to open up space(s) by showing a rehearsal or a movie, giving a lecture, starting a discussion or cleaning a corridor, or as to keep space(s) open by keeping them available and not occupied with traces from you)
- The do-er decides (things are decided by the one's who do more than the ones who speak)
(Think them interrelated)

PAF has 3 no's.
-no partners (unless the partner has a project to work on), no animals, no kids. Especially the last one is sensitive within the group of frequently visiting PAF. The main reason for this: PAF wants to be a place for to produce not a social one. It wants to be a place for to get work done and therefore it tries to avoid activity that distracts from this as much as possible, specially since many people working on different projects in the same building, from different professions already interfere, positively and negatively, in their preferred realm of concentration.

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.

PAF's relation to the village is very fragile. PAF is in a way illegal, they tolerate us. A nice and positive relation is necessary. We established this and we do a lot of effort to keep it as such. Therefore we organize concerts and english conversation and knitting for the villagers in PAF. Please refrain from arty interventions or site specific events in the village. Art only in the PAF compound. And please no loud noises in the night in the garden or the building.

To enhance the Taking Care For Yourself And For The Other, we experiment with a self-check-in. This is displayed 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.

Members of PAF created two open groups in facebook to announce requests and offers for transport.
A'dam-PAF for to go/from Amsterdam or Brussels and PAF PAF CAR (PARIS) for Paris-PAF and vv.

We wish you a fruitful time in PAF.