Hectolitre is an art-space dedicated to artists and cultural workers who wish to delve deeper into their projects, experiment with transdisciplinarity and connect their art form/research to the neighbourhood. The artists living and working at HECTOLITRE are taking part in the project's community rings, together with involved neighbours, socio-cultural activists, and local and international artists/curators.
Hectolitre is also an unusual building in the heart of the Marolles neighbourhood undergoing a radical change of identity. Former swingers club, then storage for antiques, the space is filled with peculiar Art Brut interventions, resembling a kind of «memory forest». The visually and symbolically complex surrounding is not perceived as an obstacle but as a living system that accepts, associates, questions, and experiences. Hectolitre hosts exhibitions, performances, musical encounters, film projections, debates and other initiatives; the complementarity among its artists, curators, creatives and neighbours inhabits the place and catalyzes exchange.
The research should be an independent and site-specific initiative, adjusted for a 3 to 6 months residency. The outcome is free of a specific form and depending on the type of work and activities undertaken, it can come through a talk, performance, installation, screening, podcast, or web publication.
Each resident is assigned a private working space, which depends on the private residency unit and type of the activities performed. Aside from that, common working spaces are located throughout the building, being accessible via a shared calendar. Those are Trait d’Union (open community and workshop space at ground-level), Reactor (rehearsal and tryout space), Edit room (shared video and sound station), Other room (multifunctional spaces with podcast setup), and Meeting room.
There are two options for nighttime accommodation:
- Two “HouseAteliers” on the 1st and 2nd floor. These are 110m2 private units with two private rooms in each unit and a private working area for two residents to share. Both units have all private kitchens, bathrooms, and toilets and are equipped with basic everyday life furniture (beds, washing machines, refrigerators, cookers, cutlery, etc.)
- Two big rooms and one small room on the 4th floor. These three rooms share one private bathroom and toilet on the fourth floor, while the kitchen is situated on the 3rd floor, alongside an open working space, meeting rooms, an edit room and quite a crazy terrace.
There is also a bike local with one shared bike.
An atypical building with venues adaptable to shared studios, exhibitions, performing arts, encounters and presentation, vitrine art, co-working. The project’s audio-video equipment and material is available for use (projectors, sound system, podcast system, power tools, etc.)
Artists/thinkers-in-residence will have access to private working space at Trait d’Union (open community space), or a desk-based working station, depending on the nature of the work. Residency takes place at Studio Hectolitre, an hybrid living&working space oriented towards art, culture and film which is found on the 3rd and 4th floor.