Approach

Af/AP accompanies and documents artistic, urban and social practices of space occupation. These project spaces are realized through the occupation, sharing and reconversion of spaces that are most often neglected.
Since the communing of these spaces from which these practices originate, there has been a common organization of work as a production of commons (natural, informational, cultural, urban). These project spaces open up an intermediate field between public and private. The interstices they occupy are urban, peri-urban or rural.

The practices at work in these spaces take on many names: artistic sites, independent cultural centres, inhabitant’s collectives, hacker spaces, creative workshops, recycling, shared gardens, shared creation…
Experiences in the intermediate field have an impact on both spatial planning and creation, cultural democracy and heritage.

Built from these project spaces that we call “intermediate” because they are held between public and private initiative, between art and society, between culture and urban, our way of acting is based on a specific operating mode: intermediation.

Intermediation proceeds from the dynamics of the territory, the recognition of cultures and uses. Aiming to break down the barriers between actors, it relies on the spaces themselves, where trajectories intersect, where environments intermingle, where passages between practices and supports multiply: our method is based on the specific arrangement of intermediate spaces for intermediation and intermediation.

To continue on intermediation, read in particular this summary of the workshop held at La Briqueterie on 29 June 2016: What is an intermediate place? (in french) and find all the contents labelled “intermediation“.