Special Program Proposals

PAF is open the whole year. For residencies and formation.

Every now and then PAF organizes also special events, like a winter or summer university, or whatever initiative is proposed by the participants of PAF.

During the special events PAF remains open for individuals or groups who want to work outside the frame of the special event.

SCHOOL FOR STUDY: 6-10 May 2013

'Organisation Studies: the 2013 residential seminars'
Hosted at the Performing Arts Forum
St Erme, France

May 6-10, 2013

The School for Study is a project originating with a collective of scholars and teachers at the Queen Mary School of Business and Management, at the University of London in the UK. The collective developed 'within and against' the university, within and against the disciplines, and within and against institutional pedagogy and research. At the same time our collective developed 'with and for' study, with and for collectivity, and with and for 'becoming student.' The School operates not just as a collective but as a pedagogical troupe, developing, rehearsing, and presenting ensemble forms of teaching that lead to forms of study.

The weeklong programme of teaching at the Performance Arts Forum, in St Erme, France (http://www.pa-f.net/) will be structured into two, two-day blocks with Wednesday devoted to the organisation of a publication based on the week, led by PAF's Marten Spanberg. Each teaching day will be collectively led by School members and based around a series of theoretical themes and thinkers. Participants must signup for the full five days. The cost per day is 32 euros for room and board. There is no tuition fee. Registration is by email to: The deadline for registration is December 31st.

Participating Members of the School:

Professor Denise Ferreira da Silva is Chair in Ethics, Dr. Amit Rai is Senior Lecturer in New Media, Professor Gerard Hanlon is Chair in Organisational Sociology, Dr Brenna Bhendar is Lecturer in Law, all at Queen Mary, University of London. Valeria Graziano and Tim Edkins are researchers at Queen Mary. Professor Avery Gordon teaches at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Professor Stefano Harney teaches at Singapore Management University.

More information: www.schoolforstudy.org

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SPRINGMEETING 2013, 28 March - 7 April

For the forth year PAF invites to a Spring Meeting that next to individual and group re- search and practices, process and production, classes, experimentation and hard work also offer a series of three seminars over nine consecutive days.

Nine days seminar with Tristan Garcia, Denise Ferreira da Silva and Ben Woodard.

This year the focus is on objects, slime and radical subjectivity, voodoo and speculation, passing from a processing of things and objects, to a deep survey of radical subjectivity in relation to our contemporary political reality probing the transformative and political potentiality of spiritual practices, and we end with three days devoted to an inquiry into the slippery territories between life and non-life, animate and inanimate and a philosophy against the human being – both the “human” and the “being” part.

The seminar format engage each lecturer three days in a row five hour per day with the intention to approach knowledge in ways specific to PAF, neither academic or artistic, di- dactic or democratic but as a shared journey into specific yet weak territories, in order to explore modes of understanding and thinking together, as well as to make it possible for a wide variety of individuals to engage on their own premises and simultaneously make the journey a challenge for the lecturer [everything is open except power point presentations, exercises, working groups and evaluation].

Apart from the seminar it is up to the participants to together engage and cross fertilize activities, interests, process and production from yoga practices to reading groups, from individual rehearsals to communal dance practices and showings, and to produce the Spring Meeting we want. As long as you don’t intend to set the place on fire PAF is open to the widest range of proposals and it is up to us to produce a curriculum, a daily routine and a politics of life.

During Spring Meeting our royal chefs Christian and Siri will provide meals three times per day, habitually, as you all know, as much as they produce magic it’s all an adventure [as usually the kitchen is open for informal collaborations and individual initiatives].

Spring Meeting Seminars are realized in collaboration with MA Choreography and Perfor- mance at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies (University of Gießen), Sandberg Insti- tute, and in association with Univ. of Dance Stockholm and The Swedish Research Council.

During Spring Meeting participation in meals are binding. Total costs per participant is 32€ per day (15€ per bed/room and 17€ for three meals including wine, coffee). Mem- bership (12€) is obligatory due to insurance reasons, valid for one year.

Limited number of participants. Reservations: Jan Ritsema: janritsema@mac.com

Biographies

Tristan Garcia (28–30 March) is a philosopher and novelist living and working in Paris. After publishing two novels next to studies in philosophy with Alain Badiou at École Normal Supérieure, he published a major philo- sophical work “Forme et Objet. Un Traité des choses”, that has stirred unusually strong reactions in the field. Or as Graham Harman proposes in his overwhelmingly positive review: “Tristan Garcia is most likely a name that we will all be pronouncing hundreds or thousands of times in the decades to come.”

Denise Ferreira da Silva (31 March – 2 April) is involved in several practices - writing, teaching, healing, painting - through which she hopes to help the project of expanding views of thinking and existing beyond the confines of modern western representation. Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After living and teaching in the United States for almost two decades, she moved to the East End of London in 2012. Presently, she is a Professor of Ethics and Director of the Centre for Ethics and Politics, at Queen Mary, University of London.

Ben Woodard (4 – 6 April) is a 2nd year PhD student in Theory and Criticism at Western University. His work focuses on Naturphilosophie (esp. that of FWJ von Schelling) and its connections to contemporary continental thought, analytic thought, the sciences, and popular media. He serves as editor for Helvete: The Journal of Black Metal Studies, Thinking Nature, and Prosthesis: A Journal of Theory and Criticism. His first b

Spring Seminar Now Running, note schedule changes

Aaron Schuster started up this years Spring Meeting on the 2 April with an extra ordinary talk where Delueze and Lacan seemed to run hand in hand towards the future leaving Badiou, Zizek and Hallward behind. Schuster's opened the session with a recollection of Kleist's writing on talking as a mode of thinking and the necessity of an address, opening a path where Kleist somehow function as a symptom for Freud. In short it was a great opener in the now famous Peakcock studio that this time collected some forty people. Out here at PAF the sun is shining and the community are up with the sun.
We are now looking forward to follow Aaron deeper into the turmoil where Gilles meets Jacques remixing them with levitation, squids and the curious life of W.R Bion, before we move on together with Randy Martin direct from New York.

Unfortunately we have to announce a late rearrangement of the schedule which is that Reza Negarestani will talk on the 5 and 7 April (instead of 4 - 5 April). We hope this will not create enormous inconvenience but that we can meet up with Reza at 11.00 on Thursday and Saturday. On the 8 April Luciana Parisi coming in from London will attack us with computation aesthetics and algorithmic neo-liberalism.

SUMMER UNIVERSITY 2013, august 5 - august 15

PAF SUMMER UNIVERSITY 2013 5/8/2013 – 15/8/2013 | PerformingArtsForum, St. Erme, France www.pa-f.net

The «Universities» at PAF are a project initiated in the year 2005 by a number of artists, theoreticians and practitioners during the initial meeting in PAF. The «Summer University» [SU] in August 2012 is the seventh. The «SummerUniversity» is organized in the building in St Erme.

The main interest of SU13 is to experiment with and to test the practices PAF is developing and will develop in future: areas of research, modes (methods, procedures, techniques) of production, frames of collaboration, types of projects, discursive engagement by all interested participants. In a few words: all activities that make up knowledge production in the arts, theory and cultural practice, open and specific.

«University» and participation «University» is the term that replaces «Academy» referring to the Renaissance principle of combining research and education in one location. Secondly, it is called «University» because PAF will be open to all areas of knowledge, even though art is the starting point.
SU11 isn’t an other international summer academy, offering workshops, lectures, panels etc. under a representative topic for which participants apply. The participants of SU13 are at the same time its organizers, in that they are proposing, organizing, and taking part in different projects and activities proposed by themselves. In contrast to existing academies SU13 isn’t based on the principle of «pay to learn and teach to earn». Every participant pays the same fee (the equivalent of food, lodging and technical organization) to take part, no matter what competence or specific knowledge he/she can offer. The access to SU12 is open, but more specifically determined by each project/activity. The aim behind the open access and self-organization is to enable parallel heterogeneous research platforms, to experiment with configurations, extensions, transformations, interferences, mergings and forkings of projects/activities.
Preparation & Programme: Everyone is invited to propose the project or activity he/she would like to organize within SU12. The only limit of choice is the capacity of the house.

During the SU13 we have a cook then, and those days we supply the food (obligatory) 3 meals plus coffee/tea and wine, for 17 euro a day.
This is above the room price of 15 euro per night, so 32 euro a day, during SU12.
Before or after the SU period you only pay the 15 euros per night per person when you stay longer than 5 nights. less than 5 nights the price per person is 17 euro.

From January 2010 on we introduce an obligatory membership of the association PAF for everybody who stays at paf, for security reasons, of a 12 euro membership fee for one full year. This is above the price for the room . Apart from how often one stays at paf one pays only ones per 12 months for the membership.

How to become a participant? It’s as easy as sending an email with or without a proposal to Jan Ritsema: janritsema@mac.com

PAF is an 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 responsbility.)

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 withdrawal, 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 documentary showing and/or by cleaning up and maintaining general space.
In other words: one does. This makes that the doer decides at PAF.

Contact & Information Jan Ritsema / PAF | 15, rue Haute | F-02820 St Erme Outre et Ramecourt T/F +33323801846 | mobile: +33642806901 email: janritsema@mac.com | skype: janritsema | www.pa-f.net

WINTER UPDATE MEETING, december 26th 2013 - january 2nd 2014

WINTER UPDATE MEETING
- It's not about me -
26/12/2013-2/1/2014

PAF invites you to the 8th consecutive Winter Update Meeting: “It’s not about me”

Winter Update Meeting is seven days of conversations, sharing of commons, exchange of knowledge and social togetherness, only this time you won’t be talking so much about yourself.

You are invited to present, talk about, show, copy, misunderstand, teach or even fake other people’s work. It could be people or works you know about and you find important or it could be a good excuse to know something/someone you didn’t know before or a way to present others with unknown objects or theories.
Take it as a holiday from self-promotion and a chance to shortly be busy with other people’s work more than your own, as Einstein used to say.

PAF in the winter welcomes a wide variety of Christmas-fugitives who possess all sorts of different knowledge, competences and obscure references that would be a pity not to share around youtube fires on laptop screens.
Having said that, the end of the year always comes with a certain slowness and a need to recharge batteries, so you won’t need to squeeze knowledge out of yourself, rather gently release it while pressing or brushing against each other.

It is in fact up to each and every participant to determine what will happen and PAF’s facilities are there to be activated in all thinkable ways. WUM is also open for collective proposals and activities.

As usually and wonderfully Marcus and Siri will make life better by cooking all those good things and so much, that oh, nobody will suspect you haven’t spent Christmas at home.

You can participate for as many days as you want, reservation is as easy as sending an email with or without a proposal to Jan Ritsema: janritsema@mac.com

You can stay longer before and/or after these dates; PAF is open the whole year.

[As food will be served during WUM, self-cooking is not possible. Apart from the price for the room, 15 euro a night, one also pays 17 euro for the food&wine, together 32 euro for a full day. A membership, valuable for one year, is obligatory (12 euro)]
Jan

Practical information.
- you can come as many days as you want in the foreseen period of the Winter Update Meeting or stay longer, before or after.
- participation in the costs: per person 15 euros a night
- food is organised (only during WUM)and obligatory and costs 17 euros a day (tell us when you are a vegetarian or fish-vegetarian)
- total sum per day: either 32 euros per person per day
- reserve by email: janritsema@mac.com
- no application is needed, but make a reservation soon, as the interest seems to be quite big and PAF can only host 50 people
- general information about PAF and how to arrive there under the chapter 'How to get to Paf'.
- from january 2010 we introduced an obligatory membership of the association PAF for everybody who stays at paf, for security reasons, of 12 euro membership for 12 months. This is above the price for the room . Apart from how often one stays at paf one pays only ones per 12 months for the membership.

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 and other guests left behind you/them. - do not colonize, space nor information (books, dvd’s etc.),(means do not keep this for yourself, in your room or such) - and keep information, materials, apparatuses and spaces available, organised 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 maintaning general space.
In other words: one does. This makes that -the doer decides at PAF.

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.

Jan Ritsema

An exchange of knowledge in the SUMMERUNIVERSITY 2011 5-14 of August and AGORA SEMINARS 10-20/8 2011

SUMMERUNIVERSITY (SU) 2011 5-14 of august and Agora Seminars 10-20/8

You are invited to attend this meeting.
You can propose a workshop, reading a book together, viewing films, show or discuss your work in progress or anything else you would exchange, share.
You can also do neither one of them and just attend the activities.

Stay is 14 euros per night (when longer than 5 nights, otherwise 16).
Food (obligatory) 18 euro per full day.
Together 32 euro per day.
You can stay longer or shorter. Food only obligatory during these 9 days.

From january 2010 we also introduce a membership fee, of 12 euros per person, valuable one full year, and every resident has to sign a paper for security and liability reasons.

Send an email (janritsema@mac.com) to reserve. Not so many rooms left.

PAF thanks the Kulturstiftung ALLIANZ (Munich) for their support.

From 10-14 there is some overlap with lectures organised by the Agora Project (subsidised by the ALLIANZ Kulturstiftung).
The Agora Project are performances of Jan Ritsema, like Oidipous, my foot (Kaaitheater, Brussels and PACT-Zollverein, Essen), Shakespeare's As You Like it, a body part (Steirischer Herbst, Graz). The lectures are open for anybody, as long as one commits herself to follow all lectures of one lecturer, no shopping.

Read the announcement for the Agora Seminars of Mårten Spangberg, hereunder.

Jan Ritsema

Agora Seminars, in connection to PAF Summer University 10 - 19 August

A new set of Agora Seminars will take place in connection to PAF Summer University. After a successful spring session it is time to take on new challenges with three fresh kick ass seminar hosts venturing into notions of political activism, upgraded Marxist thinking, biopolitics of war and finally to the cross-roads between the public and institutional.
The set up is simply and the usual 5- 6 hour per day, no images, and for the rest we offer you PAF's all energetic opportunities and self-organized magic. We start up at 15.00 on the 10 August.

10 - 12 August: Nina Power

Nina Power is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Roehampton University, London. In '09 she published One Dimensional Woman opening up for a new discourses around feminism, economy and politics. Her direct and sometimes militant style brings speed to thought closing in on action. Since December '10 she is strongly active in relation to new policies in respect of education in the UK.
Nina Power has been editor of bunches of book and writes for among other publications European Philosophy, atomism, pedagogy, art and politics, and magazines such as New Statesman, New Humanist, Cabinet, Radical Philosophy and The Philosophers' Magazine. Nina Power is fast, forward and no forgiveness.

13 - 15 August: Julian Reid

Julian Reid is professor at University of Lapland, Finland and the author of several books most recently The Liberal Way of War (with Michael Dillon), The Biopolitics of the War on Terror and forthcoming a volume on Deleuze and fascism in relation to securitisation, war and aesthetic. The war-machine is back but in a new costume.
Julian Reid brings Foucault up to speed remixed with Clausewitz on acid hallucinating rocket science over actors network.

17 - 19 August: Simon Sheikh

Simon Sheikh is an independent curator, writer and critic based in Berlin. He has published numerous books with a particular interest in the transformation of institutions since wwII and notions of public space, not rarely connected. His writing on institutional critique and it's gentrification gained great interest from the art-world as well as his more recent writing published by e-flux journal.
His writings can also be found in such periodicals as Afterall, AnArchitectur, Springerin and Texte zur Kunst.

Follow the seminar before and on a distance on agorapaf.wordpress.com

For further information Mårten Spångberg - mgn@martenspangberg.org, Jan Ritsema - janritsema@me.com

One restriction for attending these workshops: To be attended from beginning to end. No shopping.

Besides these organised activities:
You can also give a lecture yourself.
You can also propose a workshop, reading, viewing, work in progress or anything else you would exchange
You can also not do either one of them and just attend the activities.

Stay is 14 euros per night (when longer than 5 nights, otherwise 16).
Food (obligatory) 18 euro per full day (only until the 14th, after this it is voluntary).
Together 32 euro per day.
You can stay longer or shorter.

From january 2010 we also introduce a membership fee, of 12 euros per person, valuable one full year, and every resident has to sign a paper for security and liability reasons.

Send me an email to reserve. Not so many rooms left.

PAF thanks the Kulturstiftung ALLIANZ (Munich), mychoreograph and Choreography As Expended Practice.

**ELSEWHERE & OTHERWISE 24/6 - 1/7/2016 **

For the third edition of Elsewhere & Otherwise we decided to continue along the lines set on the last encounter and further the work on rituals, formalisation, the erotic, magic, and social practice. The collective study we begun with E&O has so far invoked a large and varied set of practitioners and thinkers busy with those matters, especially from queer and politically engaged perspectives. This year we decided to step away from the format of one or two invited guests that guide conversations and activities, and we would rather invite each and every one of the participants to share their thoughts, knowledge and practices.

It is time for a more radical approach in which the knowledge that is already there can take enough time and space to be rehearsed, shared, articulated, transformed or even discarded. As we understand study as something closely related to the practice of care and simply of being together, we are already sending invitations to the participants whose contributions we would really value and to shift from a seminar format to an independent study group.

Participants that have so far confined and topics we want to explore are: different forms of readings (tarot, coffee, poetry, chocolate, astrology, philosophy), spells & magic, writing, anatomical workshops, forest explorations, self-healing, metaformic theory, somatics, philosophical and mathematical analysis of formalisation as a tool for understanding rituals, scientific rituals (for example in physics), DJ'ing and remixing, gut feminism, phytotherapy and pop theory.

We are communicating E&O 2016 ahead of time in order to give everyone enough time and space to think about what they would like to share with the group. Valentina and Daniela are happy to gather all the proposals and arrange possible sequences.

As no fees will be paid we are happy to announce that the price can be lower then in the past years. That is also thanks to some participants who have agreed to ask for grants (and can thus pay more) in order to keep the general price for the 8 days as low as possible.

PAF costs 18€ per person per night plus a 12€ membership fee valid for one year. Food will either be self-organized (ca 10€ pp/pd) or we will arrange a coordinating cook (17€ pp/pd) depending on the number of participants.

If you are able to apply for a grant we are happy to help with invitation letters. Also we would appreciate it very much if you could apply for more than needed for your single participation (according to the kind of application you are able to submit) so to help others in different financial conditions to also participate (suggested: 400€).

If parents with children would like to attend the meeting we will try to make it possible by organizing some form of collective care. Please let us know ahead of time.

The meeting will take place in PAF - PERFORMING ARTS FORUM where everybody will be hosted.

To reserve your place please email: contactpaf@gmail.com

>> Elsewhere&Otherwise IV ** 23/6-1/7/2017 ** @ Performing Arts Forum <<

Once a year we live together. All bodies are possible and welcome: for the 4th time ELSEWHERE & OTHERWISE makes itself available as an experimental space to practitioners and thinkers who want to take seriously, share and question the erotic capacities of their practice and thinking. The erotic is intended here as the kind of power that circulates amongst bodies and ideas, beneath and against vectors of political oppression and generative of other possible material compositions.

The collective study and care we began around rituals, magic, formalisation, healing, poetry, the erotic and activism has been unfolding and strengthening itself through the years as a form of necessary on-going care. The internet before the internet we invoked in the past edition of E&O, has been established and sustains us - we meet again this year to keep on charging it and ourselves in it. The solidarity we established is not just a grid to fall back onto, or a large “we” of belonging, it is rather an active power we secretly carry inside as we move through the world on our own.

There is a lot to be done, we take the current crises as a clue, a departing point for possible and necessary experiments in the ways we organise our lives together and in the ways we go about knowing.

Programmed yet not filled in, this years edition of E&O will take place from June 23rd to July 1st, 2017. We will circulate and study quantum feminism, more imaginative orgasms, various form of readings (astrology, tarots, chocolate), a shoplifting/con-ing workshop, the making of feminism 101 cards, aphrodisiac cooking workshop, healing herbs, boxing, aggressive snuggling, self-defence techniques, as well as anything else you might want to share or experiment with.

As there will not be any invited speaker and no fees will be paid, we are happy to announce that we can keep the price to the basic costs for stay, food and membership.

PAF costs 18€ per person per night plus a 12€ membership fee valid for one year. Food will either be self-organized (ca 10€ pp/pd) or we will arrange a coordinating cook (17€ pp/pd) depending on the number of participants.

If you are able to apply for a grant we are happy to help with invitation letters. Also we would appreciate it very much if you could apply for more than needed for your single participation (according to the kind of application you are able to submit) so to help others in different financial conditions to also participate (suggested: 400€).

If parents with children would like to attend the meeting we will try to make it possible by organizing some form of collective care. Please let us know ahead of time.

The meeting will take place in PAF - PERFORMING ARTS FORUM where everybody will be hosted.

To reserve your place please email: contactpaf@gmail.com

NIGHT LESSONS ~ BDSM Theory & Practice ~ 9-14 February 2017

Here’s the description by the organizers, Norbert Pape and Austin Gross:

We are putting together a five-day course on BDSM. Every day there will be workshops and lectures, and every evening discussion and screenings. The workshops will cover a range of practices and the lectures will give a good basic understanding of the history of these practices and of the thought that has been devoted to them.

BDSM practices are first and foremost forms of consensual play hinging on power exchange. Of the techniques we’ll introduce, some operate more on a bodily/sensorial/tactile level (sensory deprivation, flogging, wax-play, rough play, play fight and similar), while others develop scenes, and make complex usages of space, theatricality, costumes, props, rules, and scripts (role play, dominance and submission, bondage, strip-tease). Putting these techniques and principles into play will mean refining sexual fantasies and characters, exploring the erotic potential of situations based on power relations in agreement, activity, passivity, visibility, invisibility, distance, and proximity.

BDSM practices played a major role in the thought of emancipation during the enlightenment and in the twentieth century, which we want to reactivate. Much of the theoretical work will aim at a kind of time-travel. In particular, we’ll go in depth into the origins of erotic bondage in Japan, and into the debates in 20th century French theory over the work of Marquis de Sade and Leopold von Sacher-Masoch.

Our approach to these ideologies, and to the practices themselves, will be one of curiosity, sympathy, and analysis, rather than of straightforward affirmation or personal affinity. The aim is to provide a safe environment in which basic techniques can be (re)investigated and, inebriated by theory, artworks, and historical materials.

We want this workshop to be interesting both to people who already engage in these practices, and to people who have never engaged in them. A desire for knowledge -- not a cold intellect, but lively sympathy and curiosity -- is enough to participate. It could be a very generative question: how is knowledge about an erotic practice relevant to people who don’t practice it in their intimacy? What makes such knowledge desirable? On what hypothesis, in what construction? The theory of natural polymorphousness is possibly the least interesting of such constructions, most of which are still to be invented.

The imagination is paramount for these practices, and for thinking about sexuality in general. Therefore, the site for this course couldn't be better: a former monastery on the edge of the woods near the Champagne region in the north of France. Reimagining the building with its cellars, attics, kitchens, refectory, chapel and surroundings will offer a surface for fantasy.

Rough plan: 5 days, 7 or more hours a day
Accommodation: 18€ per night (to PAF) plus a 12€ one-year PAF membership
Food is not included – there will not be chefs, so the teachers and students will just figure it out collectively (in the case of the BDSM course, part of the shopping will be done in advance.)
Teaching fee: 70€ total to the teachers
Location: Performing Arts Forum in Saint Erme, France
Places: limited to 20 participants per course. These will simply be the first twenty people to reserve, so if you want to come, reserve as soon as you can.

Make reservations at contactpaf@gmail.com

For questions about the BDSM course, you can get in touch with the instructors at norbertpape111@gmail.com or austing@gmail.com; and for inquiries about “night lessons” generally (if you want to organize one, for example!), email contact@nightlessons.io

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Norbert Pape works in the field of dance, performance and bodywork. Challenging the private/public distinction, curious about the tension between fantasy and the materiality of the body and interrogating power relations implicit in performance and performance-like situations – but also quite simply enjoying himself – he has also engaged in sex work and different sexual practices. His interest lies more in imaginative play and questioning the types of sociality that sexual practice produce than in the mastery of specific techniques.

Austin Gross is an independent researcher who works on psychoanalysis and ontology. He has been trying to reconstruct the question of the realization of desire in the history of libertinism, psychoanalysis, and militant thought.

PAF SUMMER UNIVERSITY 2014

4 in 1: MUSIC, PHILOSOPHY, DANCE, CONVERSATION

For almost a decade PAF Summer University has engaged artists, activists and scholars in a ten days’ gathering, sharing and comparing, doing and showing. The intention has been to offer a zone of autonomy where experimentation and recreation could mingle and where knowledge production can be practiced with open doors. The mansion in the French countryside has been an ideal context with its almost endless facilities, studios and nature. Housing up to a hundred artists and offering three meals these ten days has created a unique social and artistic situation.

Artists have created works during Summer University that gained international appreciation, uncountable friendships and collaborations have been initiated during the week in August, ideas have been created, discarded and transformed – not least during nightly conversations or brisk walks through the forest.
At PAF a certain equality is practiced: the doer decides, leave no traces and make it possible for others. Three simple guidelines that have the positive effect of giving space for individual needs and solitary practices as well as spontaneous sharing and opportunities to show and discuss work.

This year the Summer University will inhabit PAF in a slightly different way, extended to four full weeks where each week will be dedicated to an expression, art-form or urgency. Four teams have been brought together in order to energize, curate, rethink, bring together and shape one week each. The weekdays function as a form of open preparation for the weekends that in turn emphasize activities, become a festival, a series of concerts, seminars, where activities are programmed more or less from early morning until late into the night. The teams have been given free hands to design the seven days as they feel fit, gathering artists and scholars, commissioning works, inviting everybody at PAF to share and produce together weeks and weekends that celebrate our practices, giving them new frames to gain visibility, response and momentum.

For the four weekends, PAF offers three meals per day for a fixed price of 100€ including accommodation, starting at Friday lunch and ending with breakfast on Monday morning. During the weekdays the visitors themselves are responsible for food and PAF offers accommodation for the price of 17€ per night (details below). A yearly membership fee of 12€ applies additionally.

This year, PAF Summer University consists of four weeks of activities, more focused but it also offers opportunities to visit this remarkable place for a weekend of both recreation and in-depth participation. For you who are busy with your own project, PAF is of course available for use and sharing.

The teams have been brought together by PAF but are not attached to the organization. From now on we want to test a model where PAF as a structure is centralized but is distributed as an artistic platform and can hosts a multiplicity of initiatives. For Summer University the intention is to establish new teams each year but we also hope that teams can form that will initiate activities during the rest of the year as well.

Summer University 2014 opens with a week of preparation before the first weekend which will focus on music. The following weeks will repeat this structure in different forms: four to five days of preparation for a weekend that will feature showings, seminars, etc. We start with music, to be followed by philosophy and dance and finishing with a week that focuses on conversation.

PROGRAM

The Summer University opens its doors on the 4th of August and our last weekend together will end on the 31st of August.

8 - 10 August — Swimming in Music

After a few days of sharing – through discussions, band practices, playing together or individually, remixing pop with experimental, inviting lecturers, musicians, singers, machines and, hanging out by the pool, initiating a social frame for new forms of listening – the weekend is estimated to be an unimaginable mélange of sound and music. An emphasize will be placed on sound as material in correlation to contemporary philosophy and object oriented ontologies.

Prepared by Yoann Durant, Perrine en Morceaux, Sunna Ardal Rosengren

15 - 17 August — Philosophy: Time, Intelligence, Acceleration

After several years of organizing lecture series with international philosophers, critical theorists, etc., philosophy has developed into a strong current at PAF. Following seminars with Reza Negarestani, Steven Shaviro, Isabelle Stengers, Ben Woodard, Tristan Garcia and others, a team has crystalized that will prepare seven days of intensive studies, lectures, Skype discussions, and writings, next to all kinds of mind expanding practices. Focus will be somewhere between the techno-voluptuous thinking of Nick Land and Reza Negarestani’s later work driven by an obsession with intelligence, technology, cybernetics and time.

Prepared by Amy Ireland, Diana Khamis, Katrina Burch Joosten

22 - 24 August — Indigo Dance: rethinking forms, practice, expression

Dance oscillates between practice and expression, preparation and representation in unique ways. This week will experiment with tweaked, new and alternative ways of dancing, sharing and practicing dance, showing and talking about and with dance. Unlike other artforms, dance hasn’t experienced its emancipation from modern formats and expressions. Perhaps this is the moment when dance is leaving something behind once and for all, opening for an indigo approach where practice and expression, social and performed dance, body and mind mingle differently – and why stop there… Indigo Dance is also a social experiment where the dance studio is no longer disconnected from the kitchen, the disco from the stage and theory is something we dance and practice is a form of love. Including workshops, classes, score practices, baking, commissioned works, a festival, lectures, happy hours and so much indigo.

Prepared by Linda Blomqvist, Emma Daniel, Anna Gaïotti, Adriano Wilfert Jensen

29 - 31 August — The Chinese Export Association

After three weekends focusing on expression, the final week will emphasize differentiated social frames where forms of conversation is brought to the fore. The entire week will be dedicated to open experimentation with non-linear social exchange. The group will investigate the position of the social in contemporary society, the condition of its co-option, how its recreational character today often turns into work and how it connects with notions such as technologies of the self. What happened with a non-disclosed concept of conversation and its particular address to time two decades after relational aesthetics? Can artistic practices today avoid engaging the social neither as socially engaged or engaging in the social but address certain social configurations as material and productive in themselves? Social configurations that aren’t about what is being said but how bodily proximity, spiritual connections and emotive intermingling open for domains of thought that are indifferent to production, interpretation, consolidation and identity.

Prepared by Jan Ritsema, Zoe Poluch, Mårten Spångberg, Christian Töpfner,

Each of the weeks will, after this general announcement, take on their own forms of distribution. Further information will be available through pa-f.net where different events, special calls, workshops, guests etc. will be announced.

PAF is looking forward to a new edition of the Summer University, to new form of creating, reflecting and discussing and most of all to see you here.

Practical Info: Weekends, Friday lunch - Monday breakfast, 100 euro, including accommodation, food and wine.
Weekdays, Monday lunch - Friday breakfast, 17 euro per night, accommodation, individual cooking.
Membership, 12 euro, valid 12 months.

CONTACT: Jan Ritsema or Valentina Desideri - contactpaf@gmail.com

PAF SUMMER UNIVERSITY 2015 - 4 in 1: MUSIC, PHILOSOPHY, DANCE, TXT

After last year’s success PAF invites you to the second annual Summer University. The month-long gathering brings together the unique opportunities that PAF can offer with four curatorial teams who will design and animate four different weeklong sections: music, philosophy, dance, text. Where these weeks will bring the participants should remain a mystery, as we consider curation to imply an invitation to a multiplicity of practices, processes, presentations, modes of documenting and sharing, dialoguing, discussing and talking. The motivation is to produce four shared adventures with the support of aesthetic expression and in-depth thought. We understand each week as a preparation leading up to the weekend where the emphasis is presentation, concert, performance, festival, fête, lectures or seminar that we build together.

The teams have been given complete freedom to design the seven days as they feel, gathering artists and scholars, commissioning works, inviting everybody at PAF to share and produce together weeks and weekends that celebrate our practices, giving them new frames to gain visibility, response and momentum.

During the weeks we cook individually or organise together and for the weekend PAF offers three meals per day (weekend price per person 100€ from Friday lunch to Monday breakfast and room). Come for a week+weekend (170€) or several or introduce yourself to PAF with a weekend of your interest. Everybody is welcome to contribute to the respective weeks in whatever way desired from teaching to sharing, to showing and doing.
The Summer University is for you who want to engage with all your resources in your special field of interest, but it is also for you who are curious about PAF and want a taste of what it is. The house will be boiling of practices and people but there will also be room for you who desire to create your own rhythm or just need a few days of recreation.
During the Summer University PAF will naturally function as it normally does. For you who have an individual project don’t hesitate to visit PAF also during August.

The curatorial teams have been brought together by PAF but are not attached to the organization. For Summer University PAF utilize a model where PAF as a structure is centralized but is distributed as an artistic platform and can hosts a multiplicity of initiatives. For Summer University the intention is to establish new teams each year but we also hope that teams can form that will initiate activities during the rest of the year as well.

PAF doesn’t charge for activities but only for accommodation and food. PAF is a non-profit, non-funded organization located in the French countryside north-east of Paris.

PROGRAM

Summer University opens August 4 with four days preparation leading up to the music weekend.

4 - 10 August - Talking Music

With a focus on navigating collectively through music and sound, the music week proposes new practices of listening, thinking, discussing and doing music. How can we use different perceptions of time, space and other parameters of music to mix up with and influence individual and collective practices of playing and thinking? This year emphasizes longer time slots dedicated to lectures and discussions intertwined with a program of experiments ranging from sensing time collectively to building a sound studio and rehearsing in known and new constellations.
The weekend will experience the second edition of POOF - pool of sound festival - transforming PAF to a boiling mixture of concerts, collective symphonies, live experimentation, choir adventures, a house of love or an exploration of the rainbow of room, colours, textures, acoustics and vibes all contaminating and stimulating your making and listening to music and sound.

Prepared by Sunna Ardal, Yoann Durant, Perrine en morceaux, Michael Schmid

11 - 17 August - Philosophy: (In)Formalizing the Outside: Sex, Mathematics, Cybernetics

Taint your horizons and decentralize thought by putting into question where philosophy happens. At PAF, philosophers transit between conceptual practices and situations to embody reason through an abundance of ruses, by amplifying the capacity to think alongside two or more incompatible perspectives at once. With the choice to go against itself and deepen the rifts of eroding neoliberal institutions, Philosophy must discover and explore the dynamics of new conceptual terrain, fractalizing void across a multitude of scales. Following on from last year’s rigorous week, with exceptional thinkers like Reza Negarestani, Nick Land, Lucca Fraser, Amy Ireland, Peter Wolfendale & Mark Fisher, this year's summer university will bring together practitioners and thinkers from contemporary fields of research in sexuality and gender studies, non-classical logic and mathematics, and next-wave cybernetics, in order for new contaminations to occur. The event will orient around two vectors. First, an examination of the conceptual histories of sex and cybernetics, suggesting a new thinking of libidinal politics. Second, a reopening of the questions of formalization and contemporary mathematical philosophy. What is it to think today? To let one field of thought be a virus for another. Our aim is not to prescribe in advance a synthesis of these strands, but rather to create a space of collision, making a ‘solid’ and ‘fixed’ notion of the Outside tremble.

Organized by Katrina Burch, Matt Hare, Alina Popa

18 - 24 August - Indigo Dance 2: Choreographic Practice In Bed With Abundance

Indigo Dance 2 explores the imaginary and potential by mingling domestic practice with aesthetic experience, conviviality with critical thinking and invention with desire and curiosity. With its open source and “peer to peer” structure Indigo Dance is a hawk that seeks new practices, concepts, methods and formats in a sharing, supporting and analytical manner. It provides “guns for dances” by building concepts and discourse around what we do. We believe in the aesthetic experience and the changes it can install and so by showing up, insisting and making things possible for each other we are convinced that we can build the softest army.
The second edition like its predecessor, proposes PAF as the setting for an extra luxurious and highly convivial week of rethinking practice, form and expression in dance and choreography. The week is an unfolding of workshops and activities altogether different that ends with a grand festival.
Indigo Dance welcomes you to share your works, thoughts, concepts, methods and practices. The team will invite guests, commission works, propose collaborations and open the mini-bar. A schedule will be prepared ranging from breakfast in the nest, techno telepathy and inner body dance class over cocktail hangout to concept invention and floorwork interviews to be contributed to, disobeyed or strictly followed.
The hyper fest of i-D 2014 gave a glimpse of the dark deep-sea forest that is the territory to be discovered, invented and forgotten this year. The adolescent has grown up yet stays forever curious and rebellious. Lets keep the daring and allowing attitude, enthusiasm and joy undead while allowing new things to surface.

Prepared by Linda Blomqvist, Emma Daniel, Anna Gaïotti, Adriano Wilfert Jensen

25 - 31 August – MEADOW (it’s all writing) - TXT In Contemporary Aesthetic Practices

Writing and text in all its forms is experiencing a meltdown. A meltdown that appears to fertilize and give birth to new relations to and practices – formats are taking on new costumes and losing them. What is a poem in 2015? Emails, transcription, translation, recitation and reading aloud, storytelling, novels, re- and de-formed conversations, ghost and algorithmic writing, song lyrics, text generating apps, OCR, gaming, learning by heart, inscription, genetics, recipes, poetry, poetry and I have a tattoo. It’s all writing and in this digital environment who knows who owns it, the words, the text, the TXT and the rest. This last week of Summer University focuses on writing and text particularly within aesthetic practices independent of expression or dynamic. We are all writers and we use text, in process or as representation, in choreography or cinema, in poetry or law, tweets or novels, social networks and emoticons, calligraphy and instructions. Let’s get together and we will for sure find out what will happen. The week will be loosely organised, emphasising the social and soft forms of exchange, cooking and having a walk. Yet the week implies the preparation for an event - perhaps a pilot to be practiced other places at other moments - that we together will unfold during last days.

Curated by: Mette Edvardsen, Alexandra Napier, Mårten Spångberg

Participants, lecturers, programs etc will be announced closer to the Summer University. PAF is a self-sustained privately run artist centre initiated 2005, located 150 Km north-east of Paris. PAF does not charge for participation and does not engage in a selection process.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

During the Summer University the weekends imply an intensification and we expect guests to visit PAF over weekends. Therefore, during the weekdays participants cook individually or self-organize. During the weekend PAF and its excellent chefs provide three healthy meals per day.
A full week plus weekend, accommodation and food: 170€
Weekend, accommodation and food: 100€
New visitors will further have to become a member of PAF, 12€

PAF SUMMER UNIVERSITY 2017 - PHILOSOPHY, INDIGO DANCE, MUSIC, POETRY - Aug 7th / Sept 4th

7 - 14 August
PHILOSOPHY - Upping the Ex-ante

Once more we try to shake out some dust and find the best neglected pages to ponder in a shared manner and collaborative mode. This week makes a wager on the ability to philosophise through uncertainty, where the minutiae of self-abolition propels thought and initiates its wandering. Always a messy process: the accumulation of philosophical ‘interest’ seems to remain problematically individual. This muddle might be why a kind of neo-existentialism is so evidently on the rise. The spontaneous philosophy of philosophers—elaborated currencies—should be questioned, opening vectors of ludic exchanges. Dialogue finds itself occurring in ancient texts and while washing dishes.

The tension between self-abolition (as an ideal) and individual presentations creates an urgency to realise what a sustained thinking together can do. Collective philosophising requires more than a few dice rolls, oblique strategies, and parlour tricks to get us out from behind our desks, our thoughts from out of our heads: lest we forget that philosophy was once peripatetic.

This year we go sans-speaker, clearing the board. Things will be immanently shaped by those present, so bring something to do, something to speak through or to speak through you, something to think-with—collectively. Or not. There is no obligation to prepare anything ex-ante (in advance). The board will fill with freshly-minted proposals—philosophical, musical, mobile, poetic, filmic. To share one’s work is to test past and future collective memory as much as map the current terrain of thought: we can draw different lines in the dust.

Food will be handled through a combination of collective organisation and nominated helpers. The format will depend on the number of attendees, but we expect it to be between €10-15 per person per day on top of the stay per night. Reservations at contactpaf@gmail.com
Prepared by Ben Woodard, Amy Ireland, Matt Hare, Katrina Burch, Lendl Barcelos.

15 - 21 August
DANCE - Indigo Dance Work

The last three years the dance week during the summer university at PAF was known as Indigo Dance Festival a highly convivial week with an extra luxurious attitude. These have been absolutely fantastical, but sometimes it takes closure to generate opening.

This summer at PAF we leave the festival business to the festivals, and go to work.
Instead of having a huge palette of proposals in a summercamp/work as leisure vibe, we ask what knowledges, dances and conversations can happen, when we work together and next to each other. This year we don’t do Indigo Dance Festival we do Indigo Dance Work.

The week will be organized in three activities: dancing, writing and rehearsing.
Dancing will be like in dance classes, tba.
Writing will be a writing studio/workshop facilitated by Ann-Christin Berg Kongsness and Chloe Chignell.
Rehearsals will be for one big dance piece choreographed by Emma Daniel and Adriano Wilfert Jensen, to be presented at PAF in the end of the week.
Everyone is welcome to invite themselves to join everything.
And for the rest PAF culture: The Do’er decides, Make it possible for others and Don’t leave traces.

Food will be taken care of by extra chefs during the week.
Prices: 18€ per night (+12€ yearly membership)
17€ for 3 meals a day and coffee and tea and wine
For the complete week 210€ including 6 nights in PAF, 3 meals/day incl. coffee & wine and PAF membership valid for one year (12€).
Reservations at contactpaf@gmail.com
More information tba at www.indigodancefestival.tumblr.com
Questions at emmadaniel@live.fr
his week is prepared by Emma Daniel, Linda Blomqvist, Adriano Wilfert Jensen

22 - 28 August
MUSIC - musiking, practicing, playing

Not knowing what to expect but being prepared to expose oneself, leaving our habits at home, contaminating the social, playing political, loving yourself enough to feel the need to betray it, i.e. taking risks individually and collectively is what PAF Music Week 2017 will be about. It concerns our respective practices of music, our ways of collaborating, our parts in the collective mood and organization, and our abilities to describe and discuss music together.
We will favor ideas, experiences, trials, initiatives, games, texts, collaborations, performances, lectures etc where personal habits and collective norms become the #1 materials and terrains of experimentation. We love PAF because it can be a blank score with the capacity to turn overnight into an unheard symphony by means of collective energy, unbound creativity and thorough thinking. The week wants to be this symphony.

We organizers decided not to organize but to foment it by proposing a frame and applying to ourselves exactly what we require from all participants. Therefore we have a plan, but no program. Here are the main orientations so far :
. There is no leader, no dedicated speaker, we all create the week.
. We favor ideas where music is played, displayed and thought in other configurations than the good old concert and where the economy of attention is being redistributed.
. We favor ideas where genres, tools and situations are being shifted, subverted, "détournées" in order to give birth to unexpectable results.
. We tend to favor collective endeavors, but see no dogma here..

Practically:
We will share as much information possible before August so that you know better the context and its ressources (spaces, technical equipment...).
On the first day, will take place a meeting of collective decision making where all ideas will be put on the table and discussed until a program appears.
The meeting will take place in PAF where everybody is hosted, in St-Erme, an hour from Paris.
PAF MUSIC WEEK starts on Aug 22nd for lunch at 2pm and ends on Aug 28th evening. We ask all participants to do their best to be there during the entire time.
For the complete week, price is 210€ including 6 nights in PAF, 3 meals/day incl. coffee & wine and PAF membership valid for one year (12€). Otherwise 18€ per night (+12€ yearly membership) and 17€ per day for 3 meals and coffee and tea and wine.
Reservation at contactpaf@gmail.com
For more questions, write to Ana anaberkenhoff@posteo.de, Perrine antre2deux@gmail.com and/or Fred homnimal@gmail.com
Ana Berkenhoff, Perrine Bailleux and Frédéric Bernier

29 August - 4 Sept
*** PAF POETRY WEEK ***

This year's Summer University at the Performing Arts Forum (Saint Erme, France ––http://www.pa-f.net/) will host a week dedicated to poetry. We invite you –– poets, theorists, activists, and other stranded cognitarians –– to actively participate during a week of presentations, performances, small workshops and interventions that will be scheduled more or less formally from breakfast to rave-time, alongside the lectures of three invited speakers: Peli Grietzer, Ed Luker, and Mia You (more details below).

Following the configuration of the space and the collegial spirit of Summer University and PAF at large, the protocol we suggest is not the one of a poet on a stage reciting in front of a solemn audience (or not only). We’d rather go for a mode of experimentation with the methods that we use to engage with poetry: as performance, text group reading, showing the critical work that we strive to do and more, asking of poetry that it recover or produce singular powers of explicitation of potentially manifold extension, beginning with its own practice. As conversations start more easily when there is an imaginary centre to hold on to, without this setting the boundaries of the exchange, one of the questions we would like to put to the fore is that of the false dilemma between lyrical confession and formalism, shedding light on their relationship to contemporary modes of poetic subjectivation.

This is quite an endeavour, not in the least since there will be many languages at the table. But if we are successful, we will have established a new custom: a week of poetry at PAF!

Invited speakers:

*** Peli Grietzer is completing his PhD in mathematically informed literary theory at Harvard (Comparative Literature) and the HUJI Einstein Institute of Mathematics. His dissertation borrows mathematical forms from deep learning theory to model the ontology of "ambient" phenomena like moods, vibes, styles, sensoria, cultural logics, and structures of feeling, and goes on to deductively derive Modernist poetic practice from this premise. He is an on-and-off contributor to the ambient/archival literature collective Gauss PDF, and working on a feature film with video artist Tzion Hazan.

*** Ed Luker is a poet and a theorist. He is completing his PhD at Northumbria University on the politics of attention in the poetry of Ezra Pound, Charles Olson and J.H. Prynne. His theoretical writing has engaged with issues of lyric poetry, militant poetics, fantasy, labour and the work of Prynne, Olson, Sean Bonney and Connie Scozzaro among others. Ed's poems are published in three chapbooks: /Peak Return/ (Shit Valley Press, 2014), /Headlost/ (Rivet Press, 2014) and /The Sea Together/ (Materials Press, 2016).

*** Mia You is a poet, critic, translator and theorist, completing a doctoral dissertation on the influence of Gertrude Stein on contemporary poetry at the University of California, Berkeley. In 2016 her first collection of poetry, /I, Too, Dislike It/, was released by 1913 Press. Her poems also have appeared as a chapbook, /Objective Practice/ (Achiote Press, 2007), and an artist’s book, /YOU/ (created by Thorsten Kiefer, 2004). She is collaborating on a book of hours and movements with Lyn Hejinian, writes essays and book reviews. You was born in Seoul, South Korea, grew up in Northern California, and now lives in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Practicalities:

PAF Poetry Week starts with a welcome dinner at 9pm on August 29 and ends on September 4 with a lunch. Preferably, participants stay for the whole event, but it's up to you. You can always stay longer.

We estimate the total costs for the full week to be between 180 and 210 euros. [PAF asks a fee of 18 euro per night when staying for five nights or longer, 20 euro/night for short stays. Besides this, you will need a PAF membership of 12 euros, valid for one year. Food (3 meals per day, coffee/tea and wine) will be organized collectively and, depending on the number of participants, we aim to spend between 10 and 15 euros per day.]

Organizing group: Persis Bekkering, Silvia Mollicchi, Olivier Surel, Thea Porter.

PS V (a darktongues, kunning (poetics (& the occult))) ~ with Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh & Rebekah Sheldon ~ 9-14 March 2017

To devise an impenetrable expression, one need not compose an entirely new word. It can suffice to alter those already present in the language.
— Daniel Heller-Roazen

There are many conceptual corridors beneath the question of secrecy (those of delirium, cruelty, hallucination, whispering, doom), just as there are many shapes that secretive formations can assume (underground societies, forbidden aristocracies, rebel cadres, cult gatherings, urban gangs, martial arts orders, avant-garde movements, mystical or magical circles), just as there are many expert practitioners of the secret (the visionary, the liar, the sorcerer, the thief, the seducer, the assassin). All are instrumental to the larger cipher; all are necessary.
—Jason Mohaghegh

The most temporary membranes serve as shelter.
—Lisa Robertson

This PS, philosophy goes dark. It is time to explore a stubbornness of a different kind. Poetics and philosophy both hold pacts with secrecy but each has a different way of biting its tongue. Philosophy as project, poetry as form, and language as a constitutive constraint perpetually in tension with worlds, are wracked by ‘problems’ of obfuscation, ellipsis, encryption and ambiguity. With no desire to solve the puzzles of writing’s occultation, we propose a drift into the entanglements of poetics with techniques of camouflage, dissimulation, decryption, secretion, compression, and alliance. Over the four days of the event we will flirt with the prospect of losing ourselves in a sustained, headless excursion into a ,kataphysical nightside of thought.

9-14th March 2017 Thursday eve to Tuesday morn

Things begin with dinner on Thursday evening and end with breakfast Tuesday morning. We propose to gather together to think-with poems, aphorisms, sexts, txts, paratexts, code, recipes, scores, spells, numograms, indexes, etcetera. The event will be partially facilitated by Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh & Rebekah Sheldon who will help catalyze our thought throughout the weekend and feed the broader dialogue. On Monday, we will connect the occurrences of the previous three days with an open discussion. Let us see where a weekend-long conversation takes us...

Practical Information:
Staying up to 4 nights: €20 per night Staying more than 4 nights: €18 per night Plus €12 for yearlong membership
Food will be collectively organized at €10 per full day, so €50 if you join for the entire event.
Email PAF (contactpaf@gmail.com) with the dates you would like to attend.
Anyone who cannot come for the full event or would like to stay longer is welcome to do so.

We hope you can join us in March at PAF for these discussions.
&, as always, you are welcome to spontaneously add things to the program.

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Amy Ireland, Lendl Barcelos, Ben Woodard, Matt Hare, Katrina Burch

More information about PAF: http://www.pa-f.net/basics

PS: Stubbornness of the Empirical 2 — Space & Time — 3-7/3/2016

It doubtless seems highly paradoxical to assert that Time is unreal, and that all statements which involve its reality are erroneous. Such an assertion involves a far greater departure from the natural position of mankind than is involved in the assertion of the unreality of Space or of the unreality of Matter. So decisive a breach with that natural position is not to be lightly accepted. And yet in all ages the belief in the unreality of time has proved singularly attractive.
—J. E. McTaggart

We are happy to announce the second installment of “The Stubbornness of the Empirical” at PAF, in collaboration with Anna Longo, which will take place 3rd-7th March 2015. These events continue to build an inclusive philosophically-oriented community at PAF, investigating the co-creation of concepts and giving time-space for us to think & work collectively. Building off this past October's event which had Gabriel Catren and Dorothée Legrand as speakers, this second event will focus on the relationship between space, time, and the empirical.

Dates:
3rd-7th March 2015

Programme:
Things will begin with dinner on Thursday evening and end with an open discussion on Monday. We propose to have a weekend-long conversation together, around the blackboard, and see where this takes us. This will be facilitated by one talk of 2-3 hours each day on the three ‘main’ days (Friday/Saturday/Sunday), which can feed into the broader dialogue. Our three speakers for this event are Norman Sieroka, Francesa Biagioli, and Pierre Cassou-Nougès. The final day, Monday, we will connect the three days with a discussion turning towards the future of the project.

But anyway, here is a write-up as a thematic introduction for this installment:

Why space, time and the empirical? Whether space and time exist outside of human thought, and how they are accessed has been an ongoing debate in philosophical, artistic, scientific, and theological practice. Are space and time transcendental, physical, or constructed largely from human minds? If space and time are not absolute (Newton), nor purely dependent upon objects (Leibniz), does relativity (Einstein) properly account for spatio-temporal complexity and our access to it? Is Kant's transcendental account of space and time disqualified because of its reliance on Euclidean geometry (Carnap, Cassirer), or does this overestimate the unity of mathematics? Does naturalism upset any transcendental account of space and time since perception is species-specific (Longo), or is space and time unveiled only via a 'purer' form of intuition (Bergson)? Can it be argued that time does not exist at all (McTaggart, Barbour)? How does the purported fundamentality of physics relate to the need to support its concepts with representations (artistic, technological, conceptual) which lie in other domains of inquiry? To what extent are space and time always empirically mediated, and on what scale can we be sure of its universality or particularity?

We look forward to engaging these questions via our speakers’ work: Sieroka’s investigations into the relation of the continuous and the discrete across phenomenological and physical lines (both neuroscientifically and mathematically coded), Biagioli’s analysis of Ernst Cassier’s influence on the sciences and, in particular, the relation of 19th and 20th century empiricism to abstract geometry and the function of symbols between reason and unreason, as well as Cassou-Nougès theoretical and anthropological reflections on the sea-side as a unique spatio-temporal zone of phenomenal constitution.

The 3rd Installment of the Stubbornness of the Empirical will take place on the 2nd-6th June and focus on Sound.
Our programme culminates with Summer University philosophy week on the 8th-15th August.
More information will be sent in the coming months.

Practical Information:
Rates are as standard:
Staying up to 4 nights: 20 Euros per night
Staying more than 4 nights: 18 Euros per night
Plus 12 Euros for yearlong membership

Food we will collectively organise on site, and from past experience has come to around 10 euro per ‘full’ day with a little excess from that, so in the area of 30 for the extended weekend.

Email PAF with the dates you’d like to attend and bring whatever you’d like to the table (contactpaf@gmail.com). Anyone who would like to stay the Monday night or longer is, of course, welcome to do so, allowing an organic ‘tail’ to the event.
We hope very much you can join us this March at PAF for these discussions.

Anna Longo, Matt Hare, Amy Ireland, Katrina Burch, Ben Woodard, Lendl Barcelos
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More information about PAF: http://www.pa-f.net/basics

PS: Stubbornness of the Empirical 3 — Sound & Philosophy — 2-7/6/2016

PS: We are happy to announce the third installment of “The Stubbornness of the Empirical” at PAF which will take place 2nd-7th June 2016. These events continue to forge an inclusive philosophically-oriented community at PAF, investigating collective conceptual trajectories and giving us a board to sound off. Building off the two past events which explored phenoumenology, ethics, space(, )time, and more, this third event will focus on the relationship between sound & philosophy.

Programme: Things will begin with dinner on Thursday evening and end Tuesday morning. We propose to have a weekend-long conversation together, around the blackboard, & see where this takes us. This will be facilitated by a talk of 2-3 hours each day on the three ‘main’ days (Friday/Saturday/Sunday), which can feed into the broader dialogue. Our speakers will be Kodwo Eshun, Agnès Gayraud & Will Schrimshaw. On Monday, we will connect the three days with an open discussion.

Whether explored as a specific sensory modality; a real (or virtual) physical phenomenon; a region of the vibratory (dis)continuum modulating the social somatic; an inherently temporal experience guiding thot thru sciencefictional universes; an articulated tongue twisting ineffables into puns; a possibility-space initiated by inferential gestural circuitries; an audial xenotechnology engendering post-humanesis; an anadumbratable object of varied pareidolic interpretation; &or the affective politics of the (in)audible, the sonic poses specific contours for philosophy to trace.

We look forward to investigating the stubbornness of the sonic via our speakers’ work: Eshun’s poetic soniconceptronics, Gayraud’s ethics of aural aesthetics, & Scrimshaw’s real materialist infraesthetics.

Our yearly programme culminates with Summer University philosophy week on the 9th-15th August.

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Practical Information
Staying up to 4 nights: €20 per night
Staying more than 4 nights: €18 per night
Plus €12 for yearlong membership

Food we will collectively organize on site, and from past experience has come to around €10 per ‘full’ day with a little excess from that, so in the area of €30 for the extended weekend.
Email PAF (contactpaf@gmail.com) with the dates you’d like to attend. Anyone who would like to stay longer is, of course, welcome to do so, affording a longer decay.

We hope very much you can join us this June at PAF for these discussions &, as always, you’re welcome to spontaneously add things to the program.

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Lendl Barcelos, Katrina Burch, Matt Hare, Amy Ireland, Ben Woodard

PS: Surrogat(IV)e Autonomy, November 3rd-8th 2016

That is said to express a thing in which there are relations which correspond to the relations of the thing expressed... Hence it is clearly not necessary for that which expresses to be similar to the thing expressed, if only a certain analogy is maintained between the relations.’ - Leibniz, ‘What is an Idea?’

‘The great proximity between the ‘scientific’ metaphor and the ‘philosophical’ metaphor gives rise to the thought that each of the fields expresses two different, yet capable of being articulated, modes of intervention of allusive stratagems’ - Châtelet, ‘Interlacing the singularity, the diagram and the metaphor’

Year two. Where are we? Given that the empirical is still stubborn, it might be time to employ an allusive stratagem to dodge such truculence, and so we encounter the idea of surrogat(iv)e autonomy. Warning: this is a provisional chimera. The first notion is that of ‘surrogate’ or ‘surrogative’ reasoning (the conflation is already telling). In the literature (Barwise & Shimojima, Swoyer), this refers to the use of external supports in reasoning, or, generally, letting one thing stand (however partially) for another. This encompasses many phenomena, from the use of scale models, to projective geometry, to the fact that we use pens to write things (yes, that’s a genuine example). The notion has older roots, in Leibniz’s conception of ‘expression’: “the model of a machine expresses the machine itself, the projective delineation on a plane expresses a solid, speech expresses thoughts and truth”, and on.

One could ask whether such diverse cases can be subsumed under a structural concept. To point to one obvious (potential) division, is the process whereby one, say, uses a model of an airplane to model a real case of flight strictly analogous to the one whereby we use numbers to reason about measurements? Beyond, that is, the fact that both are, in the loosest of senses, processes of analogy? We touch then upon the problem of modelization, wherein we have to reason not only about the, so to speak, ‘problem at hand’, but recursively about the nature of the very tools we use to approach that problem. Such conceptual acrobatics can be both stymying and productive: it is no accident that surrogate reasoning is sometimes called ‘constraint projection’, and we hope to tackle both the positive and negative valences of the latter formulation. So there’s some thoughts on this broad sense of ‘surrogacy’, we’ll see where that goes.

The second head of our chimera turns to face us: that of ‘autonomy’ as such, particularly with regards to the formal. Insofar as the impasses of formalization concern the dialectic of sufficiency and inadequacy with regards to the material formalized, we could say that the problem of ‘the autonomy of forms’ is the necessary double of the previous year’s considerations on ‘the stubbornness of the empirical’. But our question is not simply limited to the formal taken as an index of the mathematical, logical or symbolic. Rather, we wish to open up consideration of the purchase of a critical concept of autonomy with regards to forms and practices in an expanded sense: aesthetic, political, artistic, philosophical.

So, as a first point of purchase, beyond looking at the tension between formalization and the content formalized, we seek means of addressing how the ‘life’ of the concept, or the behaviour of the abstract, points to the non-intentional activity of the formal. As a second, we are asking whether autonomy is even possible, in what senses it might be, and, indeed - another question lurking in the background - autonomy from what? Might these two investigations have something to say to each other? And could ‘surrogacy’ be a useful notion in making this bridge?

With regards to our plan for this stew, the weekend will be, as before, a combination of talks, readings and discussion. Moving into the second year of doing this, we would like to focus on PS as a research platform, inviting active collaboration from all participants, new or returning. As such, this time we will experiment with providing some more - non-mandatory - readings in advance to focus the discussion. Alongside these will be two invited speakers, Elie Ayache & Anne-Françoise Schmid, who will feed into all of this. For Ayache, the very notion of writing, particularly understood as the writing of price, is an imperfect capture of the contingent behaviour of the market, a market divorced from the structure of possibility. For Schmid, a generic epistemology that cuts across fields as diverse as design, philosophy, and science, accounts for the generation of an object of inquiry that has no one-to-one correspondence in the world, but is the manifestation of a research program. Both then articulate complex epistemologies and ontologies that open onto the contingent and the generic, and in doing so place an emphasis on models, be they as self-generating structures or tools of partial bridging and construction.

Practicalities:

Thursday (the 3rd) will be the arrival day, departure on Tuesday (the 8th) morning.
Staying up to 4 nights: €20 per night; staying more than 4 nights: €18 per night. €12 for membership
Food we will collectively organize on site, and from past experience has come to around €10 per day. Email PAF (contactpaf@gmail.com) with the dates you’d like to attend.
Anyone who would like to stay longer is, of course, welcome to do so.
We invite all to come and participate in whatever this triggered for you. See you in November. Amazing.
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Philosophy Salo(o)n: The Stubbornness of the Empirical *** Oct 29th - Nov 2nd 2015

We’re very excited to be announcing a new philosophy initiative at PAF. Over the past years, PAF has increasingly become an important space where philosophy can move outside of the academy, both materially and in terms of the kind of thinking that can flourish here. In an effort to extend that, we’re going to supplement the two existing ‘big’ philosophical events (Spring Meeting and the Philosophy Week during summer university), with a program of more intimate, conversation orientated meetings over the course of 2015/16, to bring together both those who already have taken an interest in philosophy at PAF and some new bodies and minds.

We’re taking as a rough thematic for the year ‘The Stubbornness of the Empirical’, which will serve as an orientating pole for invited speakers and discussion, but should be viewed more as an inducement than an insistence. In general, we are interested in new ways to investigate the practice of philosophy, the possibilities for collective philosophical production, and in simply taking the opportunity to move at the speed of thought a little, and do so together, over an extended period.

We’re working out a lot of this as we go, as we want those who attend the events to feed in and help develop this project. For now however, this is the basic idea for the first of these events:

Dates: Thursday the 29th October - Monday the 2nd November. Things will begin with dinner on the Thursday evening and end with breakfast on Monday morning. The main ‘meat’ of the program will be the three full days (Friday/Saturday/Sunday) in between then. Two further events will follow in February/March and May/June respectively, with details to be announced at a later date.

Format/Content: We propose to essentially have a weekend long conversation, together, around the blackboard, and see where this takes us. This will be facilitated by one ‘programmed’ talk each day of 2-3 hours, which can feed into the broader dialogue. As things stands, we can confirm our first two speakers as Gabriel Catren and Dorothée Legrand both of whom we are immensely glad to be hosting. A third speaker will be confirmed later. Following an impromptu workshop period at the end of this summer, a few of us produced the following conceptual write up as an indication of what we’re orientating around with the theme. There is no reason that discussion has to be limited by this frame, but perhaps it can function as a useful ‘attractor’:

In many philosophical circles, the term ‘empiricism’ immediately brings to mind a naive or outdated way of approaching the world. While empiricism may have common sense use and applications, it fails to adequately ground or propel the rational, experimental or speculative enquiries required for philosophydefined as the boundless adventure of thought. Despite this, the conceptual bite of Hume’s An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding (1748) remains palpable in both discussions of the sciences and thephilosophical attempt to situate the reach of those sciences, and human knowledge, in general.
Given the fact that numerous strains of recent continental philosophy have broken away from linguistic, phenomenological or other purportedly anthropocentric moorings, a turn toward the empirical may seem a backward step. Many, if not all, of the basic tenets of empiricism tend to run against the grain of new forms of philosophy invested in the great outdoors (Meillassoux), the outside, or in returning to the more ‘adventurous’ spirit of philosophy. These speculative endeavors, which set the wet blanket of Kantianism aflame, too quickly equate empirical access with unreflective common knowledge, and epistemology with modernist vanity.

If recent moves towards new rationalisms, materialisms and realisms have made anything clear, it would seem that either the rash abolition or staunch reification of epistemological constraints leaves open a space between which empiricism would seem to have broad appeal and functionality. Given the sheer complexity of the world, regardless of the perspective taken, empiricism is not reductive or myopic but the proper articulation of where and how our conceptual capacities arise in a way already imbricated by the worlds in which we find ourselves. In addition, empiricism allows for pluralisms to be formed in an augmentative fashion rather than as merely a multiplication of solipsistic frames. Empiricism, in this regard, should not be taken as a naive filter, but as a practiced, yet headlong, dive in the depths of the pulpy world (Merleau-Ponty).

Further, the old opposition between rationalism and empiricism ought not to be seen as absolute. Indeed, a fractured genealogy spanning the transcendental empiricism of Maimon and Deleuze, the maximal naturalism of Schelling, Badiou’s welding of formal and phenomenal analysis into an ‘objective phenomenology’, and recent developments such as Catren’s ‘transcendental phenomenology’, can be seen to effectuate a problematisation of such a division on multiple fronts: bending ‘rational’ methods to gain new purchase on the empirical, tackling head-on the empirical and material grounds of consciousness itself, and extending the conception of the empirical itself across novel, even ‘impossible’, horizons.

Taken in this context, empiricism is not merely a taking for granted that which is self-evidently apparent, but a productive way of interlacing local methodologies with farther reaching rational and speculative concerns.

Other/Practical information: simply email PAF with the dates you’d like to be here and bring whatever you’d like to the table (contactpaf@gmail.com). Rates are as standard (20 euro per night + 12 euro membership if needed). For the full weekend 80 euro +membership). Food we will collectively organise on site, and from past experience has come to around 10 euro per ‘full’ day with a little excess from that, so in the area of 30 for the extended weekend.

Looking very much forward to having you, and get in touch with any questions that you have about the proposal,

Amy Ireland, Ben Woodard, Katrina Burch, Lendl Barcelos, Matt Hare

SPRING MEETING - 29 March – 7 April, 2014 - Reza Negarestani | Stephen Zepke | Isabelle Stengers

Three of our times' most exciting thinkers visit PAF this Spring Meeting to engage in three related yet not connected adventures. As much as these thinkers have coinciding interests they are at the same time intensely different in approach, modes of argument and notions of political theory, philosophy and aesthetics.

29 – 31 March Reza Negarestani

The nine days of seminar introduce the first longer seminar with the Iranian philosopher Reza Negarestani, known for his often dark, speculative approach. Reza will be present in person for this thorough introduction to his current work.

1 – 3 April Stephen Zepke

Stephen Zepke has written a number of books on Deleuze and Guattari’s engagement and relations to aesthetics. Zepke working and living in Vienna has in- depth researched relations between Deleuze and Lyotard’s interest in the sublime in relation to contemporary theories on beauty.

4 – 6 April Isabelle Stengers

The Spring Meeting will end with three days with the Belgian philosopher Isabel Stengers, one of our times most influential minds that through her work has widened the scope of philosophy into a wilder mode of conceptual thought. Stengers will this time focus on Whitehead and her 2011 book 'Thinking with Whitehead'.

Reza Negarestani has since the publication of his debut “Cyclonopedia” caused turbulence in the field of philosophy and critical theory. His philosophical writing can be said to be a tornado of thought where fiction overlaps fiction, becomes philosophy falling through an underlying archeology of politics or perhaps rather a politics of archeology. Reza Negarestani does not just reinvent philosophy but the practice of philosophizing itself as a comprehensive search for alternative modes of thinking and synthesis of knowledge.

Stephan Zepke is an independent thinker active in Vienna. He has published a number of books on Deleuze and Guattari’s aesthetics. Among his publications are “Art as Abstract Machine” from 2011 that open all together new doors to Deleuze understanding of the sublime in relation to ontology. Upcoming is “Towards An Aesthetics of the Future”, 2015.

Isabelle Stengers teaches philosophy at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. Her interests centre around both the constructive adventure of modern sciences and the problems born from the association of this adventure with power and claims to rational authority. She is working on the crucial challenge, both political and cultural, of an active ecology embedding our many diverging scientific practices in a democratic and demanding environment - against both the ideal of their sovereign autonomy and their submission to social demands.

Practicalities

The seminar format engages each lecturer three days in a row, five hour per day with the intention to approach knowledge in ways specific to PAF, neither academic or artistic, didactic or democratic but as a shared journey into specific yet porous territories to explore modes of understanding and thinking together.
Apart from the seminar it is up to the participants to together engage and cross- fertilize activities, interests, process and production from yoga practices to reading groups, from individual rehearsals to communal dance practices and showings, and to produce the Spring Meeting we want. PAF is open to the widest range of proposals and it is up to us to produce a curriculum, a daily routine and a politics of life.

During Spring Meeting our chefs will provide meals three times per day, habitually, as you all know, as much as they produce magic it’s all an adventure [as usually the kitchen is open for informal collaborations, individual initiatives and help].

During Spring Meeting participation in meals are binding. The total costs per participant is 34€ per day (17€ per bed/room and 17€ for three meals including wine and coffee). PAF membership (12€) is obligatory due to insurance reasons and is valid for one year.

So the total fee for the Spring Meeting is 318€.

Note, that thereis a limited number of participants so reserve as soon as possible. Reservations: contactpaf@gmail.com

PAF is only able to accept reservations for the entire 9 days.
In case the meeting very well attended guests will share room. If you travel with a potential roommate, please let us know.

Please don’t hesitate to ask further questions contactpaf@gmail.com !

SPRING MEETING 2015 (31 March – 9 April) Katerina Kolozova | Eleni Ikoniadou | Ray Brassier

For the 5th edition of Spring Meeting PAF invites you as one of the up to 100 participants. As usually PAF has invited three speakers that are asked to talk for five hours three days consecutively. This is a format that has shown equally challenging for the speaker and the audience, as it is both in- and outside of conventional seminar structure. Speakers have developed very different approach to the format and it is inspiring to experience how the format seem to emancipate knowledge as the amount and diversity of information tend to transgress the possibility to say “Do you understand?”.

Over the years Spring Meeting has been visited by a number of contemporary thinkers with a focus on speculative thinking, object oriented and materialist philosophy next to addressing Deleuze, Whitehead and in general aesthetics. The 2014 e.g. edition included Reza Negarestani, Stephen Zepke and Isabelle Stengers, an amazing experiencing where Negarestani’s neo-rationalism made surprising connections to Zepke’s engagement with Kantian aesthetics together creating a generous entry point to Stengers’ three days on Whitehead spoken over a long and exciting life in philosophy.

Previous Spring Meetings and other sessions at PAF has featured by among others Tristan Garcia, Steven Shaviro, Ben Woodard, Nina Power, Denise Ferreira da Silva, Pete Wolfendale, Luciana Parisi, Sadie Plant, Red Vaughan Tremmel, Stefano Harney, Randy Martin next to curators and art critics such as Aaron Schuster, Raimundas Maulasauskas, Simon Sheikh.

The situation at PAF is fairly simple. 15 hours that the speaker can prepare as they desire. 15.00 - 20.00 is our timetable and we most of all want these sessions to be as exciting for the speaker as it is for us. Can we all be, so to say on thin ice and try something out together? The speaker starts from where their thinking is today or perhaps a survey over their time in philosophy, an introduction to, or a question that takes 15 hours to answer, or maybe the speaker experiences PAF as a permission to talk about things not otherwise “allowed”, or why not think through association rather than structure. It’s all up to the speaker.

The only restrictions we have are; no images or video, no tasks and certainly no working groups. It is important for us to engage in exchange through listening and talking, and we are very good in asking questions that require very long answers.

For Spring Meeting PAF wish to apply a classical sense of academy and dwell in knowledge through a frontal asymmetrical format. This is possible, not only because the seminar is offered for free but more so because of the special context spending nine full days with up to a 100 participants sharing meals, endless discussion in the garden and long nightly sessions.

This year PAF presents three extremely exciting thinkers with rather different background yet connected through their philosophical rigor and fearless approach.

Katerina Kolozova is professor in philosophy at Skopje University specializing in among other things relations between identity and materialism, e.g. engaging in Francois Laruelle’s non-standard philosophy in order to re-envision Judith Butler’s non-unitary subject. Her recent book “Cut Of The Real” remixes strata in contemporary philosophy and critical theory that has previously been kept apart, approaching specific questions around universalism. Katerina Kolozova’s contribution will also introduce the foundations of Francois Laruelle’s philosophy.

Ray Brassier, who also have engaged with Laruelle’s non-philosophy is professor at the American University Beirut Brassier is one of our times most radical philosophers and he has been a defining thinker for the recent materialist tradition not least through his remorseless “Nihil Unbound” (2007), the Anglo-Saxon showdown with correlationism and meaningfulness. Brassier’s work pushes nihilism to its ultimate conclusion and there is where we will take off, hopefully gaining insight into his upcoming publication “That Which Is Not”. He has further taken strong positions, not seldom directly skeptical, in relation to e.g. speculative realism and accelerationism.

Eleni Ikoniadou is a Senior Lecturer in Media in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Kingston University and has a PhD from University of East London. Her research is situated in the intersection between sonic theory and philosophy with a particular interest in time. Ikoniadou’s approach is rooted in Deleuze’s philosophy but is also affiliated with e.g. Brian Massumi’s work on affect. In her recent book The Rhythmic Event she furthers her investigations on hypersonic sensation and the non-human in human perception. The Rhythmic Even has been described as a deep plunge into an aesthetics of experience expanded into pattern, perception and time, and onwards into an abstract viscerality. Her research in rhythm implies forms of explaining networked societies. Rhythm becoming an interface between humans and machines, between distributed minds and overlapping mediascapes where the expanded universe of digital rhythm invites mutations across networks. Ikoniadou is a crucial guide to the dark chambers of contemporary experience.

Apart from the seminar it is up to the participants to together engage and cross- fertilize activities, interests, process and production from yoga practices to reading groups, from individual rehearsals to communal dance practices and showings, and to produce the Spring Meeting we want. PAF is open to the widest range of proposals and it is up to us to produce a curriculum, a daily routine and a politics of life.
During Spring Meeting our chefs will provide meals three times per day, habitually, as you all know, as much as they produce magic it’s all an adventure (as usually the kitchen is open for informal collaborations, individual initiatives and help).
During Spring Meeting participation in meals are binding. The total costs per participant is 35€ per day (18€ per bed/room and 17€ for three meals including wine and coffee). PAF membership (12€) is obligatory due to insurance reasons and is valid for one year. The total fee for the 9 days Spring Meeting is 327€ including membership.
PAF has a limited capacity, it is therefore advisable to reserve early. The last two years the Spring Meeting has been very well attended, PAF therefore democratically accommodate participants in shared rooms. Couples and friendship is naturally respected. Reservations: contactpaf@gmail.com
For Spring Meeting PAF can only accept reservations for the entire period.

Please don’t hesitate to ask further questions contactpaf@gmail.com

The Sensing Salon: Experiments in Entangled Existence ^^ with Valentina Desideri and Denise Ferreira da Silva ~~~ 24-28 July 2017 @ PAF

Healing, as much as art, is a praxis. It is something to do and it does something: it restores. In our collaborative work, we explore healing as an art form, a praxis of sensing and making sense that includes studying, thinking, and restoring experiments that reach for the deepest level of our entangled existence.

For a few years, we have been performing Poethical Readings at several art venues. Drawing from our practices, we hosted a Sensing Salon – a studio for the practice of healing arts – at the Showroom in London. We would like to set it up as a permanent studio, where we will hold a more concentrated and perhaps regular meeting with people interested in learning those practices, experimenting with new ones, and engaging in study with us.

The first iteration will be a 4-day event held at PAF (Performing Arts Forum) in St Erme, France, from July 24th to July 28th, 2017. It includes experiments with practices, such as Reiki, Tarot, Herbal Medicine, Fake Therapy and Political Therapy, as well as private sessions on Poethical Readings *.

PAF costs 20€ per person per night (or 18€ if you stay more than 5 nights) plus a 12€ membership fee valid for one year. Food will be most probably self-organized (ca 10€ pp/pd) or if the number of participants requires it, we will arrange a coordinating cook (17€ pp/pd). We also ask an extra fee of 40€ to contribute to the buying of materials and our expenses.

To reserve your place please email: contactpaf@gmail.com

Provisory schedule

24 July:
Arrival day
Evening Conversation: Poethical Reading Performance (How to Image an Ethics With/out the Subject)

25 July
10:00 - 12:00 - Reiki & Fake Therapy
14:00 - 18:00 - Tarot Workshop

26 July
10:00 - 12:00 - Reiki
14:00 - 18:00 - Tarot Workshop

27 July
10:00 – 12:00 Study Group on entangled existence
14:00 – 20:00 Poethical Readings (Private Sessions - Individuals and Groups)

28 July
10:00 – 14:00 Poethical Readings (Private Sessions - Individuals and Groups)
Departure day

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(*) If you are interested in a Private Session, please contact valedesideri@gmail.com for booking a 60 minute-session

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Winter Update Meeting: 26/12/2015 - 4/1/2016

PAF warmly invites you to the 10th anniversary Winter Update Meeting, bringing an open conviviality together to form an exclusive community during nine days of recreation, conversation, cooking, sharing, togetherness and social activities.

Conviviality without content is this years devise. Instead of working towards something WUM emphasizes what can develop out of aimlessness, shared contemplation, engagement for no particular reason, specifics ways of being together without any other motive than the necessity to continue. This is not a matter of just having fun but rather an opportunity to explore the boundaries of artistic, social and political production in a society whose foundations are changing and where being together without aspirations is becoming more and more rare.

PAF acknowledge the importance of ending a year with a moment of reflection, evaluation, inner calm and unbounded contemplation. This years WUM wish to function as a few days of finishing a chapter, coming to an end and a recharging

WUM is a saloon rather than a theatre exercise, a good book rather than application hysteria, conversation rather than “Publikumsbeschimpfung”, ordinary rather than spectacular, coming along rather than critique, together rather than yoga class, a winterly promenade rather than dance class, somebody offering a short-story rather than reading group, I’ll put on extra jumper instead of showing muscle, a stay in bed instead of going jogging.

Still it is of course up to each and everyone what’s important. PAF don’t judge but make it possible for activation in all thinkable ways. Our time together implies an attempt at different kinds of progressive self-organization with no smaller ambitions than to ask questions that require new words. Individual and collective proposals can take place next to showing, screenings, listening or why not bring people together for a shared tête-à-tête about something curious.

As usually our chefs will electrify the kitchen, underlining also the social qualities of cooking, eating and doing the dishes.

The kitchen is one of those places where we don’t need to but can.

PAF is currently in a process of transformation. After ten years it is time to rethink what PAF can be, how the house and the community is maintained and how its people are made happy. A healthy moment of transformation that started a year ago this year’s WUM will continue with further discussions. Everybody is invited to be part of forming the future of PAF which is in our hands, the hands that use and care for PAF.

During the WinterUpdateMeeting participation in meals is binding. Total costs per participant are 35€ per day (18€ per bed/room and 17€ for three meals including wine, coffee). Membership (12€) is obligatory due to insurance reasons, valid for one year. You can stay for a longer or shorter period.

It is with great happiness and warmth that PAF welcomes you to WUM, a moment of being together in order to change what we can do.

Limited number of participants.

Reservations: Valentina Desideri - Jan Ritsema at contactpaf@gmail.com

^^ ELSEWHERE & OTHERWISE >> 31 May - 7 June 2014 ^^ SADIE PLANT | RED VAUGHAN TREMMEL

From particle scientists at CERN and shamans in the Peruvian Amazon to sexual practices and bio-activism, off the grids of dominant epistemology other forms of living and knowing are emerging and re-emerging.

Is there a way to develop precise strategies for sharing and disseminating other forms of knowledge that outgrow traditional academic parameters and disciplines? ELSEWHERE & OTHERWISE, with Sadie Plant and Red Vaughan Tremmel at PAF - PERFORMING ARTS FORUM (France), is an opportunity for us to explore alternate systems of reason and new ways, forms and methods to engineer our relationship to knowledge.

Often seminars reproduce the same power-structures they speak against, never allowing time for something else to happen, for participants and speakers to meet, for ideas to be put into practice or practice into ideas or let alone study.
If study is "what you do with other people”, as Stefano Harney and Fred Moten put it in THIS interview, then the whole meeting has to be considered as an instance of study: from the meals to how we encounter each other, to the modalities of presentations and their before and after.

Just like any form of information, knowledge is constantly being engineered, it is by nature always shared. It travels on transversal, diagonal and queer routes through times and spaces, bodies and minds, materialities and forms. Knowledge is not exclusively a capacity of the intellect, it is matter itself: permeable, liquid, always and already in relation with other matter, our bodies being the collective location through which knowledge circulates.

During ELSEWHERE & OTHERWISE Sadie Plant (techno-theorist/writer/translator) and Red Vaughan Tremmel (historian/gender and sexuality scholar/artist) will hold daily sessions to share their research, GGcooks will provide us with mood altering aromatic cuisine, a daily dose of meditation will be provided by Stéphanie and this is just the basic infrastructure to take us ELSEWHERE & OTHERWISE.

The meeting will take place in PAF where all of the participants and speakers will be hosted.

Initiated and run by artists, theoreticians, practitioners, and activists themselves, PAF is a user-created informal institution. It is a platform for anyone who wants to expand possibilities and interests in his/her own working practice.

PAF is located in a former convent school (6.400 m2), in a 1.2 hectare garden in the village of St. Erme, France, approximately 130km northeast of Paris.
The price is 350 EUR per person including seminar fee, accommodation, and all meals including coffee and wine during the whole meeting, 1 year PAF membership, usage of all facilities and Wi-Fi.

The maximum number of participants is 45 people. So please reserve as soon as possible.

PAF can assist you with invitation letters in case you plan to come with a grant. People who attend with a grant are kindly asked to pay 50 EUR more for E&O so the price for the others can stay as low as possible. PAF finances E&O (as everything else) without subsidies or grants.

SADIE PLANT
Sadie Plant is a British techno-theorist, writer and translator and lives in Biel, Switzerland. She has published several books in the 90's including the influential "Zeros + Ones - Digital Woman and the new Technoculture". She has a wide range of interests in the arts, philosophy, literature, communications technologies, urbanism, and cultural theory. In 1995 she set up the Cybernetic Culture Research Unit at the University of Warwick and until recently she was teaching at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design. Over the years she has written for newspapers and magazines as varied as the Independent, the Financial Times, Wired, Adbusters, and the New Statesman, as well as more specialised journals, books, and catalogues in the fields of architecture, the arts, and new technology. She has also made many appearances on radio and TV, including BBC programs such as Newsnight, The Late Show, and In Our Time, and has spoken at a wide variety of conferences, festivals, and symposia in the UK and around the world.

RED VAUGHAN TREMMEL
Red Vaughan Tremmel is a professor, filmmaker, performance curator, and installation artist who lives in New Orleans, Louisiana. Tremmel's work explores spaces of play and pleasure, including the body, as historically significant sites of social struggle where people negotiate complex constellations of power. He is particularly interested in the ways marginal erotic bodies (transgender, queer, stripper, etc.) and cultures function as sites of alternative and oppositional knowledge production, re/membering, and healing. He is the director and co-producer of the documentary film Exotic World and the Burlesque Revival (2012), the curator and producer of the Sissy Butch Brothers' live Gurlesque Burlesque shows (2001-08), and co-creator of Subjects of Desire: Objects of Resistance, a multimedia installation commissioned for dOCUMENTA(13). Tremmel earned his doctorate in American History from the University of Chicago. He is current fellow at the Newcomb College Institute and a past fellow of the Social Science Research Council; Columbia College’s Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media Program; the University of Chicago’s Center for Gender Studies Program; and the James Hormel Sexuality Program. In 2012, he founded the Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity at Tulane University, where he teaches history and gender and sexuality studies.

JOIN US AT PAF - ELSEWHERE & OTHERWISE
E&O is organized by Daniela Bershan and Valentina Desideri for PAF 2014

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^~~~~~~~ELSEWHERE & OTHERWISE 2015 | CA CONRAD & RED VAUGHAN TREMMEL ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~26/07 -01/08/2015

ELSEWHERE & OTHERWISE is continuing its quest to develop precise strategies for sharing and disseminating other forms of knowledge that outgrow the parameters of traditional academic disciplines.

For its second edition ELSEWHERE & OTHERWISE invites historian, sexuality scholar and artist RED VAUGHAN TREMMEL to carry forward his proposal from last year: the elaboration of different techniques to enhance our awareness of the material erotic dimension and its political implications. By shifting historical categories of private and public around - and by stimulating both our conscious and unconscious experimentation with the erotic - a promising collective practice of queer knowing started to appear during E&O’s first edition that asks for in-depth continuation.

Hooking into that is poet CA CONRAD's (Soma)tics: ritualized structures for writing where being anything but present is next to impossible. Geared to reveal the creative viability of everything around, CA’s poems and practice expose and explode integrated categories of thought, gender and language, turning poetry into a queering force of spiritual activism calling for the future wilderness.

And we’re ready for it:

The meeting will take place in PAF - PERFORMING ARTS FORUM where all of the participants and speakers will be hosted.

Initiated and run by artists, theoreticians, practitioners, and activists themselves, PAF is a user-created informal institution. It is a platform for anyone who wants to expand possibilities and interests in his/her own working practice.

PAF is located in a former convent school (6.400 m2), in a 1.2 hectare garden in the village of St. Erme, France, approximately 130km northeast of Paris.

The price is 350 EUR per person including seminar fee, accommodation, and all meals including coffee and wine during the whole meeting, 1 year PAF membership, usage of all facilities and Wi-Fi.

The maximum number of participants is 50 people. So please reserve as soon as possible.

PAF can assist you with invitation letters in case you plan to come with a grant. People who attend with a grant are kindly asked to pay 50 EUR more for E&O so the price for the others can stay as low as possible. PAF finances E&O (as everything else) without subsidies or grants.

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RED VAUGHAN TREMMEL
Red Vaughan Tremmel is a professor, filmmaker, performance curator, and installation artist who lives in New Orleans, Louisiana. Tremmel's work explores spaces of play and pleasure, including the body, as historically significant sites of social struggle where people negotiate complex constellations of power. He is particularly interested in the ways marginal erotic bodies (transgender, queer, stripper, etc.) and cultures function as sites of alternative and oppositional knowledge production, re/membering, and healing. He is the director and co-producer of the documentary film Exotic World and the Burlesque Revival (2012), the curator and producer of the Sissy Butch Brothers' live Gurlesque Burlesque shows (2001-08), and co-creator of Subjects of Desire: Objects of Resistance, a multimedia installation commissioned for dOCUMENTA(13). Tremmel earned his doctorate in American History from the University of Chicago. He is current fellow at the Newcomb College Institute and a past fellow of the Social Science Research Council; Columbia College’s Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media Program; the University of Chicago’s Center for Gender Studies Program; and the James Hormel Sexuality Program. In 2012, he founded the Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity at Tulane University, where he teaches history and gender and sexuality studies.

CA CONRAD
Born on January 1, 1966, poet CA Conrad describes himself as “the son of white trash asphyxiation whose childhood included selling cut flowers along the highway for his mother and helping her shoplift.” He is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including ECODEVIANCE: (Soma)tics for the Future Wilderness (Wave Books, 2014); Philip Seymour Hoffman (were you high when you said this?) (Worms Press, 2014); A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon: New (Soma)tics (Wave Books, 2012); The City Real & Imagined (Factory School Press, 2010), with the poet Frank Sherlock; and The Book of Frank (Chax Press, 2009), recipient of the Gil Ott Book Award. He has also authored a book of nonfiction essays, Advanced Elvis Course (Soft Skull Press, 2009). A 2014 Lannan Fellow, a 2013 MacDowell Fellow, and a 2011 Pew Fellow, he also conducts workshops on (Soma)tic poetry and Ecopoetics: “Ultimately, I want my (Soma)tic poetry and poetics to help us realize at least two things. That everything around us has a creative viability with the potential to spur new thinking and imaginative output and that the most necessary ingredient to bringing the sustainable, humane changes we need and want for our world requires creativity in all lives, every single day.”

CHILDREN your bliss is at stake
CHILDREN listen carefully for the
lies your parents tell you
CHILDREN prepare for joy in ways
none of them will ever imagine
prepare to live with no regrets

From: Act Like Polka Dot on Minnie Mouse's Skirt
CA CONRAD, Albion Book Series 5, Volume 2

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SUMMER UNIVERSITY, august 1-10 2008

PAF SUMMER UNIVERSITY 2008 1/8/2008 – 10/8/2008 | PerformingArtsForum, St. Erme, France www.pa-f.net

The «Universities» at PAF are a project initiated in the year 2005 by a number of artists, theoreticians and practitioners during the initial meeting in PAF. The «Summer University» [SU] in August 2008 is the fourth «University» project organized in the building in St Erme.

The main interest of SU08 is to experiment with and to test the practices PAF is developing and will develop in future: areas of research, modes (methods, procedures, techniques) of production, frames of collaboration, types of projects, discursive engagement by all interested participants. In a few words: all activities that make up knowledge production in the arts, theory and cultural practice, open and specific.

«University» and participation «University» is the term that replaces «Academy» referring to the Renaissance principle of combining research and education in one location. Secondly, it is called «University» because PAF will be open to all areas of knowledge, even though art is the starting point. SU08 isn’t another international summer academy, offering workshops, lec- tures, panels etc. under a representative topic for which participants apply. The participants of SU08 are at the same time its organizers, in that they are proposing, organizing, and taking part in different projects and activities during SU08. In contrast to existing academies SU08 isn’t based on the principle of «pay to learn and teach to earn». Every participant pays the same fee (the equivalent of food, lodging and technical organization) to take part, no matter what competence or specific knowledge he/she can offer. The access to SU08 is open, but more specifically determined by each project/activity. (See the programme on the website) The aim behind the open access and self-organization is to enable parallel heterogeneous research platforms, to experiment with configurations, extensions, transformations, interferences, mergings and forkings of projects/activities. Preparation & Programme Everyone is invited to propose the project or activity he/she would like to organize within SU08. The only limit of choice is the capacity of the house. The proposals for the SU08 will be announced on the PAF-website: www.pa-f.net

How to become a participant? It’s as easy as sending an email with or without a proposal to Jan Ritsema: janritsema@mac.com

Report/«press conferences» A proposed format for sharing knowledge and information is the so called «press conference». Somewhat old-fashioned and too official for the informality of these meetings, «press conferences» can be used as a format for reports made by a group or individual to the others, either on regular basis or by special appointment. Do you need to make a proposal to take part in the SU08? No, you can take part without making a proposal. Expenses The participation fee is 11 EUR per person per night plus 15 EUR per day for food (three meals a day). Period 1–10 August 2008 is the core period of SU08, but it is possible to come earlier or stay longer or to join SU08 only some days within this main perdion.

Contact & Information Jan Ritsema / PAF | 15, rue Haute | F-02820 St Erme Outre et Ramecourt T/F +33323801846 | mobile: +33637031645 email: janritsema@mac.com | skype: janritsema | www.pa-f.net

PROPOSITIONS so far: -

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SUMMER PROGRAM 2008

Summer 08 Program Here under, you can download the program for the summer 2008 in PDF.
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WINTER UPDATE MEETING, december 24th 2007 - january 4th 2008

WINTER UPDATE MEETING AT PAF
24/12/2007-4/1/2008

At the “Summer University” of 2007, at which 70 people took part, we decided to rebaptize the “Winter University” into a “Winter Update Meeting” (WUM).

What is in the name? We will see what is in the name. But the Winter University of 2006 contained less (workshop) proposals and functioned more as an updating and exchange of each others artistic and/or scientific activities. So we decided to call it accordingly.
Still proposals for collective activities/projects are welcome.

“Winter Update Meeting” [=WUM] is a project initiated by the participants of the Summer University held in PAF in August 2007. A number of practitioners (artists, theoreticians, cultural workers, informationtechnologists etc.) who gathered for this Summer University in the house in St. Erme.

The main interest in organizing WUM is to exchange, experiment and test the practices participants of PAF are developing and/or will develop in future: types of projects, areas of research, modes (methods, procedures, techniques) of production, frames of collaboration, discursive engagement by all interested participants. In other words: all activities that make up knowledge production in the arts, theory and cultural practice, open and specific.

WUM isn’t another international gathering, offering workshops, lectures, panels etc. under a representative topic for which participants apply. WUM isn’t based on the principle 'pay to learn and teach to earn'. Every participant pays the same fee (the equivalent of food, lodging and technical organization) to take part no matter what competence or specific knowledge he/she can offer.
WUM can act as a minimodel of PAF: an intensification, a furthering, a confrontation and an intereference-plus-cumulative-effect of all projects, activities, concepts and initiatives, which are either in progress, or about to take off in future, or subsist in potentiality.

Practical information.
- you can come as many days as you want in the foreseen period of the Winter Update Meeting or stay longer, before or after.
- participation in the costs: per person 10 euros a night (unless one stays less than 5 nights, then the price is 15 euros per night).
- food is organised (only during WUM) and costs 15 euros a day (tell us when you are a vegetarian or fish-vegetarian)
- total sum per day: either 25 or 30 euros per person
- reserve by email: janritsema@mac.com
- no application is needed, but make a reservation soon, as the interest seems to be quite big and PAF can only host 50 people
- general information about PAF and how to arrive there on
www.pa-f.net

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

Jan Ritsema

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SUMMER UNIVERSITY, august 3-12 2007

PAF SUMMER UNIVERSITY 2007 3/8/2007 – 12/8/2007 | PerformingArtsForum, St. Erme, France www.pa-f.net

The «Universities» at PAF are a project initiated in the year 2005 by a number of artists, theoreticians and practitioners during the initial meeting in PAF. The «Summer University» [SU] in August 2007 is the third «University» project organized in the building in St. Erme.

The main interest of SU07 is to experiment with and to test the practices PAF is developing and will develop in future: areas of research, modes (methods, proce- dures, techniques) of production, frames of collaboration, types of projects, discur- sive engagement by all interested participants. In a few words: all activities that make up knowledge production in the arts, theory and cultural practice, open and specific.

«University» and participation «University» is the term that replaces «Academy» referring to the Renaissance prin- ciple of combining research and education in one location. Secondly, it is called «University» because PAF will be open to all areas of knowledge, even though art is the starting point.

SU07 isn’t another international summer academy, offering workshops, lectures, panels etc. under a representative topic for which participants apply. The participants of SU07 are at the same time its organizers, in that they are proposing, organizing, and taking part in different projects and activities during SU07.

In contrast to existing academies SU07 isn’t based on the principle of «pay to learn and teach to earn». Every participant pays the same fee (the equivalent of food, lodging and technical organization) to take part, no matter what competence or specific knowledge he/she can offer.

The access to SU07 is open, but more specifically determined by each project/activity. (See the programme on the website) The aim behind the open access and self-organization is to enable parallel hetero- geneous research platforms, to experiment with configurations, extensions, transformations, interferences, mergings and forkings of projects/activities.

Preparation & Program

Everyone is invited to propose the project or activity he/she would like to organize within SU07. The only limit of choice is the capacity of the house. The proposals for the SU07 will be announced on the PAF-website: www.pa-f.net

How to become a participant?

It’s as easy as sending an email with or without a proposal to Jan Ritsema: janritsema@mac.com

Report/«press conferences»

Aproposed format for sharing knowledge and information is the so called «press conference». Somewhat old-fashioned and too official for the informality of these meetings, «press conferences» can be used as a format for reports made by a group or individual to the others, either on regular basis or by special appointment.

Do you need to make a proposal to take part in the SU07?

No, you can take part without making a proposal. Expenses The participation fee is 10 EUR per person per night plus 15 EUR per day for food (three meals a day). Period 3–12 August 2007 is the core period of SU07, but it is possible to come earlier or stay longer or to join SU07 only some days within this main perdion.

Contact & Information

Jan Ritsema / PAF | 15, rue Haute | F-02820 St Erme Outre et Ramecourt T/F +33323801846 | mobile: +33637031645 email: janritsema@mac.com | skype: janritsema www.pa-f.net

PROPOSITIONS so far: MANUELA ZECHNER At PAF Summer Unviersity, there will be a presentation of the future archive project (see below) and an ongoing series of future conversations taking place.

future archive

a topology towards futurity

www.futurearchive.org

The future archive is a project that issues a series of responses to the problem of how to perform futures. It engages interview- conversations that are set in possible times and spaces to come, which two or more people performatively inhabit as proposed versions of futurity. From there, contemporary society is remembered. Upon every conversation, a different future is at stake.

Aiming to offer spaces for carefully developing vocabularies and gestures which might point towards potential ways of thinking, acting and existing, the project encourages articulations of hopes and desires for future ways of co/existing, negotiating the space between a remembered present and a potential future, as well as facing up to the problematics of the proposals and imaginaries at hand. With the questions of transformation and the social as its starting point, the future archive generates a map of divergent scenarios and tactics, focusing on connections as well as points of disagreement between interlocutors.

While there is an interviewing party and an interviewed, what is engaged is working together to make a movement towards what could be/ go beyond contemporary language, problems, politics, etc- never a great success, but more of a negotiation-play with imagination and responseabilities. Conversations are video recorded and become part of an online platform that acts as archive as well as space for exchange and discussion, offering all material as open content.

At futurearchive.org, all material (audio/video/text etc) generated in the framework of the project becomes available for download, commentary and non-commercial use.

In 2007, the future archive brings forth a series of collaboratively curated activities, pertaining to thematic strands within the project, that take the form of discussions, performances, screenings, and so forth. In a relevant institution or open space, collective transformation of a present space into a site of futurity is attempted.

to get in touch, email manuela@thisappearance.org

Proposal for contributions to PAF SU07 of Joannes Vandermeulen (computer-specialist)

Joannes Vandermeulen jv@namahn.com +32 476 62 62 46

Workshop – The user-centered design of digital products A run-down of industrial practice in designing user interfaces for interactive software applications in order to make them appropriate to the intended users • Practical - Nine participants at most (because of interactivity) - Six hours

Seminar – Mental models: how people shape their understanding of how things work People are profligate interpreters of their environment. What are the cognitive processes involved and how can an understanding of these processes be useful in product design. • Practical - One-hour lecture with discussion

Seminar – Navigation: how people navigate real and virtual spaces Animals move about in space with great ease; it is fundamental to their survival. How can designers help people move through software spaces (and not just Second Life) with equal skill? Which navigational mechanisms are fit for human consumption? • Practical - One-hour lecture with discussion

Seminar – Where technology will take the great apes As our mastery of physics (the very small, the very fast) grows, technologies can continue to profoundly change the way we inhabit our world, for the better, probably.

Discussion – ‘Forget about it’: technological utopias and dystopias Technological utopias are equally numerous as technological dystopias. What makes technology so controversial? Because it is important? • Practical - Half-hour lecture with hour-long discussion

FLORIAN MALZSACHER: i will bring the movies of alexander kluge, especially the early ones (they have english & french subs i think) and maybe someone wants to join watching them. i also would like to have a look at his books, but i tried to find something in english, but didn't manage so far. and i have his interviews with heiner müller which are really amazing. i always wanted to get deeper in this, but didnt manage so far: so i don't really know a lot about it but if people want to join in finding out, it would be nice.

ALICE CHAUCHAT: EVERYBODYS/ OPEN SOURCE GROUP

One of the basic motivations for Everybodys is to consider Open Source as an artistic strategy for the Performing Arts, to develop ways of sharing knowledge and producing specific discourses on the Performing Arts in order to refine the conditions of work in general, the parameters of exchange (collaboration/ process-product-usage-share-audience), to produce heterogeneous works, to escape the restricted accessibility to work, to deviate traditional conceptions of authorship etc.

One line of work is the development a Workshop Kit, encompassing tools and interview-games, which enables discussion on our work. This Kit is meant to be developed by the "integral feedback" of usage, in order to enhance its possibilities.

As an input for everybodys' research on the implementation of open-source methodologies into performance practices, we propose to those who are interested to take over and share the development of générique. A basic concept and toolbox for its realisation already exist, and it is a perfect moment for the project to take several forms, so that the 1st finalisation already is more than one. We would like to work in the same time on an internet platform for its spreading and the possibility for feedbacking, i.e. reworking the toolbox along its use.

Générique is an offer to reconsider the theatrical frame as a place for sharing and complicity. Traces and absent parts give space for a common discourse and imagination to arise, tangling levels of reality and fiction through multiple possible interpretations. Each performance is a specific combination of generic items. These items address issues such as quotation, adaptation, signature, everydayness and virtuosity.It is made up from the scraps that survive. In the creation process, the body simultaneously becomes a receptacle, a vessel, a processor and a generator.Thanks to the use it makes of incorporation in the creation process, it is also a true metaphor of memory.Through complicity the performers produce an informal unison."

Everybodys” also continues to discuss modes of sharing, formats of distribution and exchange and stategies for development of the field of performance on a more general level. Discussions around publications and alternative formats (magazine, book, dvd, cd) understood as venues will take place during the PAF summer university.

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Winter University 26 december 2006 - 4 january 2007

“Winter University” [=WU] is a project initiated by the participants of the Summer University held in PAF in August 17-27/2006. A number of practitioners (artists, theoreticians, cultural workers etc.) who gathered for the first Summer University in the house in St. Erme.

The main interest in organizing WU is to experiment and test the practices PAF is developing and/or will develop in future: types of projects, areas of research, modes (methods, procedures, techniques) of production, frames of collaboration, discursive engagement by all interested participants. In a few words: all activities that make up knowledge production in the arts, theory and cultural practice, open and specific.

University and participation
“University” is the term that replaces “academy” here referring to the Renaissance principle of combining research and education in one location. Secondly, it is called “university” rather than “academy” because PAF will be open to all areas of knowledge, even if art is or remains the starting point.
So, WU isn’t another international winter academy, offering workshops, lectures, panels etc. under a representative topic for which participants apply. The participants of WU are its organizers, in that they are proposing, organizing, and taking part in different projects and activities during WU. In contrast to existing academies WU isn’t based on the principle 'pay to learn and teach to earn'. Every participant pays the same fee (the equivalent of food, lodging and technical organization) to take part no matter what competence or specific knowledge he/she can offer. The access to SU is open, but more specifically determined by each project/activity. (See the programme further)

Preparation
The preparation of WU has already begun from the moment the project was discussed. Only by organizing preparation as process, rather than by planning a representative programme, can WU act as a minimodel of PAF: an intensification, a furthering, a confrontation and an intereference-plus-cumulative-effect of all projects, activities, concepts and initiatives, which are either in progress, or about to take off in future, or subsist in potentiality.

A proposed format for sharing knowledge and information is press conference. Somewhat old-fashioned and too official for the informality of these meetings, press conferences are optional, not obligatory reports made by each group to the others either on regular basis or by special appointment.
Everyone is invited to propose the project or activity they would like to organize within SU. Or to propose a discussion about a project you are working on. To make a presentation when you want to have it discussed, etc.
The only limit of choice is the capacity of the house.
The aim behind the open access and self-organization is to make possible parallel heterogeneous research platforms. To experiment with configurations, extensions, transformations, interferences, mergings and forkings of projects/activities.

Documentation
A special attention will be given to the issue of documentation. How can we make sure that the different research, projects and events are documented and published in a way that enables others to use them for further investigation? Projects/activities are encouraged to automatically reflect their own documentation. Naturally, information will also circulate wider than SU, in ways that PAF won’t be responsible for.

How to become a participant?
It’s as easy as sending an email to jan.ritsema@pa-f.net and wait for a confirmation.
No appplication is needed.
Neither is a proposal obligatory.

You can also stay shorter or longer than the Winter University period.

Expenses
The participation fee is 250 euro for the 10 days, consisting of 100 euro for a room, 150 euro for food (three meals a day, incl. wine). When you stay less days you pay accordingly. So a 4 nights stay would cost 100 euros

For more information about PAF go to www.pa-f.net where you can also find the information about how to get there (http://pa-f.net/node/10).

Programme (the program at PAF is always flexible and optional)
For now the programme is an open list of proposals:

*works asking for more feedback and more discussion – those people who are looking for more feedback discussion on their work are invited to organize such a session.

* ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS, VIENNA
COMING TO PAF WINTER UNIVERSITY 26.12 2006 (until 31.12. 2006)
Post Conceptual Art Practices
Students of the Class and professor Marina Grzinic and assistant Gerhard Gleich
with guests from Vienna Manoa Free University, Vienna, Theory that Walks, Belgrade, Kontekst Gallery, Belgrade, among others

The research trip to PAF by the Post Conceptual Art Practices, AKBILD, Vienna is connected with the 2006/2007 school year project: PRODUCTION OF KNOWLEDGE. This project researches the system of contemporary education, with an emphasis on open source and (self) organizing models of knowledge and activities. A special focus is given to the question of construction of history of art and connection of art practices and activist theory. The class already went for a trip to Prishtina, Kosova in November 2006.

One of the educational goals of the Post Conceptual Art Practice is taking part in research and exchange trips. In such trips students actively present their work and activate a platform of debates with other students and the general public. Post Conceptual Art Practices from The Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna has accomplished several research trips in the last three years: Ljubljana (Slovenia), Bratislava (Slovakia), Split (Croatia), Belgrade (Serbia), Usti nad Labem (Czech Republic) and Dresden (Germany). In all these cities we had a program of lectures, performances, screenings, happenings and presentations. The exchange is established between the Class and other Academies or cultural centers in connection with artistic and cultural projects.

THE PROGRAMM of the Vienna Fine Arts Academy:

AKBILD/Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna
POST CONCEPTUAL ART PRACTICES
Prof. Dr. Marina Grzinic

http://t4.antville.org/

RESEARCH TRIP TO PAF PerformingArtsForum
St. ERME, FRANCE //

PAF Winter University Program
25. DECEMBER to 31. DECEMBER 2006
Visit Paris: 28.12.2006

PROGRAM/OUR INTERVENTIONS:
Presentations, discussions, reading, cooking…….
Self education, self organization, democratization of knowledge

Students Akbild/PCAP and the Belgrade branch: Theory that Walks, Kontekst Gallery

Lina Dokuzovic; Kevin Dooley; Eduard Freudmann; Can Guelcue;
Ana Hoffner; Chaim Jackler; Ivan Jurica; Koloman Kann; David Kellner;
Christoph Kolar; Lisbeth Kovacic; Martina Lunzer Brem; Katharina Morawek;
Michael Poetschko; Lillo Reissert; Henning Schorn; Lukas Tagwerker;
Christina Trachta; Tilman Wagner; Ruth Weismann; Tina Wimmer;
Stephanie Winter; Regina Wuzella; Ivana Marjanovic; Miljana Peric
Marta Popivoda; Ana Vujanovic

Gerhard Gleich
Marina Grzinic

PROGRAM PAF prepared with the Belgrade Branch
VISIT TO PARIS a program proposed by Natasa Petresin, Ljubljana, curator, writer and Ph.D. candidate at EHESS in Paris (www.ehess.fr), co-organizer of the seminar "Something You Should Know: Artistes et producteurs aujourd'hui" at EHESS (http://www.ehess.fr/ue/2006-2007/ue1250.html)

26 DECEMBER 2006/Tuesday
PAF: Jan Ritsema guide through the house, its history and current formation of
paf; self-introductions of all of us, presentations, points of
researches in the fields of education, learning, knowledge
(production) etc

27 DECEMBER 2006/Wednesday
Discussing the work similarities and differences:
COOKING EVENT with presentations of the works: screenings,
performances, lectures from Vienna, from Belgrade group
with talks about problematical, critical, unusual, specific, unknown,
differential points in others' works; the points could be recognized
better by the people outside than by those who are in; also
discussing concepts such as - difference, other, particularity,
normativity, communication, disagreement

28 DECEMBER 2006/Thursday
PARIS

PROGRAM proposed by Natasa Petresin, Ljubljana, curator, writer and Ph.D. candidate at EHESS in Paris (www.ehess.fr), co-organizer of the seminar "Something You Should Know: Artistes et producteurs aujourd'hui" at EHESS (http://www.ehess.fr/ue/2006-2007/ue1250.html)

At 9.00 departure St. Erme to Paris

*At 11.00 - 12.30
Le Plateau, Paris
Address: Le Plateau, Place Hannah Arendt, 19. Department (intersection between Rue des Alouettes and Rue Carducci)
Website: http://www.fracidf-leplateau.com/

Presentation of the Le Plateau, meeting Gilles Baume, organizer of pedagogical activities at Le Plateau, with Natasa Petresin, Thomas Boutoux (Métronome Press) and Francois Piron (Work Method)

PRESENTATION of the project Société Anonyme (to be realized in March 2007).

Meeting Maria Klonaris and Katerina Thomadaki
http://perso.orange.fr/astarti/artsite.htm
Maria Klonaris and Katerina Thomadaki are media artists of Greek origin based in Paris since 1975. They produce films, videos, multi-media installations, performances, photographic pieces, sound and texts.

*At 13.00 to 14.00 LUNCH at PALAIS DE TOKYO

*At 14.00 -15.00
PALAIS DE TOKYO
Address: 13, Avenue du Président Wilson, 16. department
website: http://www.palaisdetokyo.com/
Meeting Benjamin Bardinet, responsible for public programme; visiting the exhibition program Palais de Tokyo

*At 15.30 - 16.00
gb agency, Paris
Address: 20 rue Louise Weiss, 13. department
website: http://www.gbagency.fr/

Meeting Dominique Petitgand, artist, at his show at gb agency.

*At 16.00 - 16.30
in situ Fabienne Leclerc
Address: 10, rue duchefdelaville, 13. department
website: http://www.insituparis.fr/accueil.asp

Visit of the exhibition "Ah, les belles images" with Walid Raad, Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige, Renaud Auguste-Dormeuil. Meeting with Hélène Chouteau.

see this link for the info on exhibition: http://www.paris-art.com/event_detail-7793.html

*At 16.30 LATEST departure for Brétigny

*At 17.00 - 18.00
CAC Brétigny
Address: Espace Jules Verne, Rue Henri Douard, 91220 Brétigny s/Orge
telephone: +33 1 60 85 20 76

website: http://www.cacbretigny.com/

Meeting the director of CAC Brétigny, Pierre Bal-Blanc

see the attached document for the plan of the trip from Paris to CAC Brétigny, Brétigny s/Orge

At 18.00 departure to St. Erme
At 20.00 Dinner at St. Erme

29 DECEMBER 2006/Friday

First resume of the exchange events, works, discussing the
Vienna program in diether theater and reading of two texts; a full day on
discussing ideas, theses, references, political and theoretical
points in our works/ researches; also talking about their socio-
political conditions and "causes" in different social contexts and
institutions; also discussing concepts such as - common, collective,
multitude, community, general intellect, agreement.

Text proposed by Belgrade branch: Bojana Cvejic THEORY, POLICE AND DISAGREEMENT

30 DECEMBER 2006/Saturday

FINAL RESUME of the whole event, program that will document the
events: book, fanzines, DVD and the Bg meeting and summer academy.
Deadline to get money for the book and other things in Vienna is on 12.1.2007.

Departure to Vienna early afternoon.

For more visit the Post Conceptual Art Practices/ Akbild, Vienna BLOG http://t4.antville.org/

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Call for SELF-EDUCATION at PAF, april 1- october 1 2007

SELF-EDUCATION AT PAF
PAF | PerformingArtsForum, St. Erme, France
www.pa-f.net | self-education@pa-f.net
Acall for not yet professionals and young artists
Period 1 April – 30 September 2007

SELF-EDUCATION AT PAF offers the opportunity for a non-hierarchical, self-motorized learning process. In contrast to other educational programmes based on instruction, SELF-EDUCATION AT PAF focuses on:
– learning how to identify your own interests, and how to set up the means to develop your own curriculum of study
– encountering other young professionals from different backgrounds
– sharing your work with other artists, theoreticians and cultural practitioners in residence at PAF.

Activities are structured in various formats determined by students, guests and other PAF residents: presentations of work and feedback sessions, discussions and debates, film screenings and lectures, classes and workshops. PAF provides a large amount of working space, studios of various sizes, spaces for communal activities and a mediatheque. The peaceful surroundings support full concentration on work.

In a double structure of both self-motorized, self-guided individual/group study, and intensive exchange with other artists, students can expand their knowledge and learning process. The particular emphasis of the research practice at PAF is on investigating artistic methodology, creating tools to design working
processes, and developing skills beyond those already established.
Briefly, learning at PAF means engaging in a dialogue that may challenge your artistic goals, methods, and visions of art in contemporary society.

SELF-EDUCATION ATPAF is six months long (1 April – 30 September 2007)
and includes Summer University (10 days in July/August 2007) and students exchange period (21 May – 1 June 2007). For more information about PAF and its program see www.pa-f.net.

SELF-EDUCATION AT PAF : CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS IS OPEN NOW!
Period 1 April – 30 September 2007 | Fee: €250,– per month for accom-
modation and working space | For participation please send a project
description and a CV to: janritsema@mac.com
Initiated and run by
Carla Bottiglieri, Elke Van Campenhout, Alice Chauchat, Bojana Cvejiç, Annie Dorsen, DD Dorvillier, Thomas Greil, Sandra Iché, Mette Ingvartsen, Krõõt Juurak, Florian Malzacher, Xavier Le Roy, Berno Odo Polzer, Marta Popivoda, Nikolina Pristas, Sergej Pristas, Jan Ritsema, Petra Sabisch, Eszter Salamon, Ana Vujanoviç.

PAF | PerformingArtsForum
Contact & Information
Jan Ritsema / PAF
15, rue Haute
F-02820 St Erme Outre et Ramecourt
T/F +33323801846 | mobile: +33637031645
email: janritsema@mac.com
skype: janritsema
www.pa-f.net

PerformingArtsForum (PAF)
Basic information

AMission Statement
PAF is a place for the professionals and not-yet-professionals in the field of performing arts, visual art, music, film, literature, new media, theory and cultural production, who seek to research and determine their own conditions of work.

PAF is for people who can motorize their own artistic and knowledge production, not only responding to the opportunities given by the institutional market. Initiated and run by artists, theoreticians, practitioners and activists themselves, PAF is a user-created informal institution. It is a platform for anyone who wants to expand possibilities and interests in his/her own working practice.

PAF is located in a former convent school (6.400 m2), in a 1.2 hectare garden in the village of St. Erme, France, approximately 130km northeast of Paris.

PAF is
– a forum for producing knowledge in critical exchange and ongoing
discursive practice
– a place for temporary autonomy and full focus on work
– atool-machine where one can work on developing methods 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
– a place for distraction, retreat and conviviality

PAF is not a venue which has the budget to produce, promote and distribute projects, but it is a house offering generous space and unlimited time, a possibility to shape your own conditions of work, as well as contact and exchange of content and other modes of production with the artists and theoreticians working at PAF.

PAF is an institution which continues to develop on the basis of what each person brings through his/her engagement. It has no other aim but to operate on the principles of self-organization, whereby one assumes the responsibility for creating and organizing his/her own work and activity in PAF. One can be working alone in PAF. But PAF also offers spontaneous ways to interact with others, without forcing collaboration.

Who can come to PAF?
You don’t need an invitation to come to PAF. PAF isn’t a closed group. It’s enough that you write an email explaining what you would like to do in PAF, and then you will negotiate the time of your stay and all other practical matters.

What can I do in PAF?
You can come to work on whatever you choose to. This entails a wide range of activities: personal projects, but also projects you would like to initiate, organize and involve more people, such as conferences and all other kinds of meetings.
If you don’t have a concrete project, purpose or intention, you can also come and visit PAF. In PAF you will probably find a number of artists, theoreticians and other practitioners – the information about the persons and activities is updated monthly on the website. There is a growing mediatheque with technical equipment where you can view videos. The whole place is covered by WIFI. There is a lot of studios, working spaces and other communal places, including a park.

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