Nous avons commencé les travaux en 2009 et les premiers résidents sont venus : philosophes, plasticiens….
Maison a une bonne bibliothèque en plusieurs langues, une salle de bal pouvant accueillir séminaires et ateliers divers.
Nous sommes en train de restaurer une vaste grange pour sculpteurs et plasticiennes aux imaginations grand format.
Vigne, jardin, verger, selon les saisons agrémentent l’ordinaire de la table.
Nous construisons des archives, collectionnant écrits, photos du village, de la campagne environnante, de la région, établissant un réseau d’échanges entre ici et ailleurs, hier et demain.
Chaque année nous organisons en partenariat avec le New York Nietzsche Circle un festival de trois jours réunissant philosophes, chanteuses, danseurs..autour d’un theme et d’un verre de bon vin.

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Project:

To explore works of art, literature, music, poetry, and philosophy in a communal, cosmopolitan spirit within the context of contemporary issues. To this end the Maison will bring together artists, poets, musicians, writers, and thinkers on specific themes.

Location:

Leigné sur Usseau is located in the historical region of Poitou-Touraine between Tours and Poitiers. It is a few kilometres from the famous wine region of France, the Loire Valley, which produces some of the best wines of the world. Surrounded by fields and vineyards, the village spreads peacefully across a plain. The battle of Tours/Poitiers between the Franks and the Saracens was fought not far from here, and some of the famous writers and thinkers are either from this region or spent part of their lives in this area. The first known troubadour, Guilhem IX, lived in Poitiers and ruled over his domain, Aquitaine; his mistress, a Vicomtesse, was from Chatellerault, the town that has the nearest train station. Descartes' home village is 20 kilometers to the east; Rabelais lived in Chinon to the north of here. Foucault did his schooling in Poitiers, and his family's summer estate is in Vendeuvre where he is buried, 15 kilometers to the west. Balzac lived in Saché located to the north.

Context:

Gai Saber is a cultural movement that was initiated by the poets, the troubadours of the Occitan during the High Middle Ages; this was a movement that brought different arts together, revitalized cultural re-creation, and played a significant role in the rise of modernity. Subsequently it influenced many generations of poets and thinkers from Dante to Emerson, without being fully acknowledged in the mainstream culture. And centuries after the last troubadour, the gai saber was made famous by Friedrich Nietzsche in his book, Die Fröhliche Wissenschaft, within the context of nineteenth century Europe.

Mission:

Inspired by this poetic movement and concerned with current times, the Maison Gai Saber intends to spark artistic and philosophical re-creation by bringing together artists and thinkers from different interests and backgrounds. Events: A three-day festival of arts, literature, poetry, music and philosophy will take place annually. Informal gatherings, reading of books and discussions. Visits to sights of cultural and historical significance of this region under the guidance of experts. Dégustation de vins régionaux, wine-tasting. Randonnées en vélo; country biking. Workshops...

Resources:

Physical: a main building, a café, art studios, library, ballroom, and winery. conceptual: building of an archive about the region and the work at Maison and establishing a network of exchange and access to existing global networks of creative thought∕activism.