«Abandoned old houses and streets
its people, hidden behind curtains only lured out of their houses by shy sunshine or a fresh baguette from the bakery
steep paths lead into the forest, overgrown with moss
ponds, appearing here and there hidden in between trees
hands covered with soil
surrounded by flowers
loosing myself in the garden
loosing myself in deep silence»
«With that very feeling of remoteness that is accompanying me staying at Faucogney-et-la-Mer, I repeatedly experience times without too much fuss, that enable work as well as leisure time in an indeed raw and honest manner. Everything needed is to be found in and around the spaces of Villa Villekulla.»
«Waking up, fetching firewood, lighting a fire
in the studio, sanding wood, feeling the warmth
opening the gate, welcoming the sunlight, catching passers-by; «Vous êtrs sculpteur Monsieur?»
later in the day through the village and in the garden; «Bonjour, profiter du soleil!»
stoveside bench evenings.»
perception is shifting
time expands, time becomes viscous
time slows down
a fire flickers
in the stove, the smell of autumn
warmth deep down inside
mist the day after
rowing up by the street
«Propriété privée. I was sitting on this terrace with view on the school building, which every time anew sparks the impression of a rather unsuccessful homage to le Corbusier. I had lit a fire in front of me, the heat of the flames rising into the heat of the day. Well, I was neither cold nor was it dark, but I love the fire and its calming effect on my thoughts. A new arrival. I sat there, read texts I had written and then threw them into the flames. A simple action, though something I like to do again and again. Sometimes I find it extremely pathetic and romanticising to pursuit this sort of ritual. A‑rosé, ah a rose or just like somehow too many roses. Like our neighbour gardener, he must have a preference for roses, because his garden is overflowing. Now, however, a stranger has apparently dared to plant hemp in this overgrown garden. Well. Propiété privée only counts with lakes, here in this area. Suddenly there was a dog, and a man, with a slightly younger man, and about 20 seconds later a panting middle-aged woman (tendency towards later middle age) in my propriété privée Gärtli. Bünzli Gärtli Selina. After a language remix, long explanations about the fire ban not yet being lifted after all – the local warning by SMS still came in, two days ago – it turned out that the family cultivates the terrace garden directly below the one of Villekulla. Out of neighbourly love, the woman sent her son down there with Zack to fetch water to pour over the fire, in a somewhat encroaching manner however. Arroser, Arroser. Sun-bleached yellow watering can, forty litres of water and a spectacle of smoke in the sunshine, resistance was rather futile. After the accomplished and apparent feat, the three of them sat down with me on the bench, snugly, rolled a cigarette on the forlorn stone slab on the right hand side, and stared, somewhat less taken aback, together with me at the somewhat failed homage to Corbusier. »
«my main source of inspiration in and around Faucogney-et-la-mer is the forest, with its numerous smaller and bigger sized lakes and ponds, the moss and the fern. fairly perfect for those who appreciate the kitsch.»
Apply with the following application form. See images of the villa and residency conditions below
The Villa Villekulla – a place for artists. An antique house with space for living, studios, workshops and showrooms, located in the medieval nucleus of the remote village Faucogney-et-la-Mer (FR) amid the „Plateau des mille étangs“. The Villa facilitates slow living and serenity, thus space and inspiration to let artistic processes unfold and concise contemplation take place. A space with fertile ground for discourses, about vita contemplativa and activa, a space for temporary communities, a space for interventions and revitalisation.
The residents of the Villa mainly live in autonomy and by themselves. The facilities are taken care of by the current group of residents and with the according solicitude. Mindfulness and awareness are constant co-beings and from time to time, the pears need to plucked off the tree. However, to assist coordinating projects and spaces as well as to welcome newbies and wave farewell to the departing, beings from the collective will tag along the residents, sometimes.
The selection of artists or artist collectives is carried out by the collective Villekulla, after effective application and based on the principles of grassroots democracy.
The costs amount to CHF 220.– for the 4 week residency, CHF 330.- for the 6 week residency and CHF 660.- for the 12 week residency per person and aim to cover ancillary costs for the time of the stay. Personal guests of the residents are asked to undertake a solidarity contribution of total CHF 8.– per night and person. Visits of groups bigger than 5, are to be coordinated with the collective Villekulla.
Communication / Publicity
The residents are free to use Villa Villekulla’s blog and instagram-account to publish and promote work and are bound to do at least one contribution during a stay.
On arrival in Faucogney-et-la-Mer, one member of the collective Villekulla will be present to hand over the house to the incoming residents, and take it back before departure.
To use the workshops, an introduction must be made during the handover. In the event of confusion regarding the use of machinery or materials during the residence or in the event of loss and/or damage of furniture and/or infrastructure, the contact person must be informed and the relevant item be replaced upon agreement with the contact person.
The collective Villekulla does not assume any liability for the damage of any objects from and of the house, especially no liability is assumed for the loss or damage of private objects or in case of injury of residents by third parties. The residents are recommended to take out an adequate insurance in a sufficient amount. The residents commit to treat the provided infrastructure, the surroundings and the neighbourhood with respect and care. More information about the neighbourhood in the manual How to?.
Smoking is prohibited (except the courtyard).
During the residency, plants in and around the house may also be cared for, please water them. And dispose of anything mouldy or declared as waste: green container out on Tuesday and yellow container out on even calendar weeks’ Thursdays.
Before departure, all rooms used have to be cleaned (not only broom-cleaned) and put back to their original condition. Bed linen, rags and towels are to be washed and hung up to dry. Consumables in the kitchen (oil, vinegar, salt, etc.) are to be filled up from the ground floor storage.
Last but not least: We do have a lot of space for many things, but we do not want to become a Fundus. Therefore, please take all material back with you, we do not accept material donations – except by arrangement.