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A Foundry, Confort 2000 (a household appliance store) and then a cultural center, the Confort Moderne is an industrial enclave in the neighborhood in Poitiers. A pioneering artistic ruin working since the beginning of the 1980's towards the de compartmentalization of perspectives and practices. A site of creation in the service of artists, a concert hall, restaurant, residency space, a vast exhibition space, a fanzinothèque (fanzine library) and a record store. The Confort Moderne inscribes itself in two traditions: that of “squats,” site occupations, cultural activism and alternative cultural activity from the 1980's and that of northern European “Fabrik” and Kunstverein, sites where art is made, exchanged and lived.

It is also an engaged and visionary association: L'oreille est hardie. Begun at the end of the 1970's, it made the town tremble with its avant-garde sound before moving to 185 rue du Faubourg du Pont Neuf. Since then, the layering of artistic and human adventures, concerts, exhibitions, unbridled experiments, parties and gatherings draw the outlines of an unwavering, generous, prospective and international artistic identity at the service of independent music and the art of today. Here, the benevolent relationship and proximity between artists, their works and the public are shared “live.” The organization is flexible, offering itself to artists so that they can project here without limit their visions of the world. A permissive and libertarian island, where desire, pleasure and independence act as a matrix for the construction of an original space, which is open and breathable, where all talents and energies are welcome.

Location: 185 rue du Faubourg du Pont-Neuf, Poitiers (F)
Footprint: 6500 square meters
Birthday: 1985
Transformation: 2016 (beginning of the architectural renovation of the site)
Atmosphere: Welcoming
Topography: Concert-hall, depot-gallery, bar, garden, courtyard, five practice spaces, record store, fanzinothèque (fanzine library), screen print lab, restaurant.
Programs: Monthly
Occupied: 365 days / year
Core tribe: 14 salaried employees
Expanded tribe: 50 volunteers
Artistic community: more than 4000 groups and artists have been invited since 1985
Diet: 50 000 glasses consumed / year
Sound volume: 105db