The new food order – the art of raising chicken

the new food order - join the team and care about your food
the new food order – join the team and care about your food

CASAdelDRAGON is a social space, a think tank, an art hot spot in the province Castellon and a lab to improve new concepts of sozial art at all.

This is a story about raising chicken, doing social art, listening an australian prime minister, realizing the new world order of a global food chain and setting up a new working unit of our community in Spain.

i am what i eat, i eat what i sow, I sow what I like, i like what i am.

Juan Petry

It’s a story about lots of animals, lots of people, lots of screws, lots of recycling, lots of fun, and an unusual exhibition at the contemporary art gallery CASAdelDRAGON.

In the spring of 2022, a few friends of Familiafeliz got together to start a chicken farming project. That alone would not be the beginning of a new social sculpture, but a real verified interest of a target group is the motivation for the artist to start one.
Familiafeliz has been keeping chickens in the home unit in Germany for more than 25 years and has a lot of experience in rearing and caring for them.

A 28-year-old incubator has been waiting for its first use in the CASAdelDRAGON for many years.

the new food order - the old wooden incubator - re-use after 28 years
the new food order – the old wooden incubator – re-use after 28 years

First, hatching eggs from different sources were brought together. The new flock of chickens should show a high level of genetic variance in order to ensure diversity in the species and robustness and health of the brood later when rearing new generations.

the new food order - selecting eggs for the incubator
the new food order – selecting eggs for the incubator


Artificial brood is certainly the second choice when rearing chickens naturally, but it offers many advantages, especially when starting over. The absence of older animals prevents the transmission of many parasites, the animals are of the same age and grow up together, which reduces the stress of group integration. The controlled supply of the animals with high-quality organic feed right from the start guarantees health, well-being and vitality of the animals later.

The selection of the hatching eggs included the option of combining specific characteristics of selected breeds for later breeding. The choice fell on: Ayam Cemani, BiBlue, Sussez, Marans, Oliver Eggs, Araucana, Ameraucana, Rhode Island and local breeds with good adaptation to the local climate of the Maestrazgo.

the new food order - marking the hatching eggs for documentation
the new food order – marking the hatching eggs for documentation

Simultaneously with the beginning of incubation, several chick homes were built. The aim was to recycle as much material as possible from the large pool of 36 years of rebuilding the CASAdelDRAGON and 15 years of running the gallery on the ground floor of the house.

the new food order - building chich houses
the new food order – building chich houses

The simultaneous construction of several chick houses should allow a selection of the chicks according to size and breed right from the start. The design should take into account the natural needs of the chicks and at the same time offer the possibility of relaxed natural breeding with a mother hen (separated from the group).

the new food order - electrical installation
the new food order – electrical installation

The electrical installation served to connect a light source and a heating source.

the new food order - chick home with heat source
the new food order – chick home with heat source

Chicken eggs hatch for 21 days. Between the third and seventeenth day, the eggs are regularly turned, at least twice. In natural breeding, this is done by the mother hen.

the new food order - moving the eggs
the new food order – moving the eggs

The mother hen also pays attention to the signals from the eggs and sorts out rigorously what does not answer accordingly. After the seventeenth day, the eggs are no longer turned and the incubator is only opened briefly to check the humidity and temperature. Particular attention must be paid to a good supply of fresh air, because the chicks’ lungs start working long before hatching and breathe through the closed (porous) eggshell.

the new food order - preparing for the chikcs to move in
the new food order – preparing for the chikcs to move in

The goal is to hatch and raise healthy, strong chickens. The preparation of the chicks for the expected habitat and its challenges is an important moment. This also includes the contamination of the chick home with bacteria and germs that occur in this habitat. For this purpose we dug up topsoil from the garden and single grasses that are offered to the chicks from the beginning. Some larvae and beetles were also found in this natural soil, a very popular prey for the chicks.

the new food order - mounting the next exhibition
the new food order – mounting the next exhibition

An important aspect of a social sculpture is the interaction with the target group. The change to use the project for informal education was taken into account from the beginning.

the new food order - informal learning at its best
the new food order – informal learning at its best

The audience followed the hatching process attentively.

the new food order - happy birthday
the new food order – happy birthday

After 21 days, the chicks hatched. In artificial hatching, a hatch rate of over 60% is a success when the sources of the hatching eggs are not certain and thus the fertilization rate of the eggs is not clear. In the project we were happy about 32 healthy chicks, which corresponded to a rate of about 70%.

The chicks form a community by vocalizing even before hatching and agree on the moment of hatching. You can listen to them communicating and watch them break through the eggshell with the greatest expenditure of energy. Anyone who manages to do it on their own shows the absolute will to live and immediately sets out to explore the new environment.

the new food order - team building
the new food order – team building


The pack behavior is distinctive, provides protection and security, and creates trust for the habitat and its challenges.

This is the story of the chicks, and it is also a story of the people. On the day the first chick was born, Australia’s incumbent Prime Minister introduced legislation that could make food production in Australia difficult, if not impossible, for private individuals. This political initiative is just one of many to re-regulate global production, supply chains and conditions of food production. If, at the same time, the emergency slaughter or the house arrest of millions of animals are ordered because of the claim of a new wave of bird flu, the question arises as to who wants to push through which agenda to the benefit of whom. Nature usually responds to challenges with diversity, diversity in genotype and phenotype, diversity in habitat, food supply and climate.

Globalists strive for centralized solutions. They suspect the easier control. Kevin Kelly’s book “Out of Control” described many developments early on. The hubris of controlling nature remains a companion in the development of adolescent societies that have not yet made it out of their egg of presumption about the nature of their reality.

The egg doesn’t come out of the box (bought in a super market). It comes from a living being. And it needs people to raise it, nurture it, feed it, and be willing to share the fruits of their labor with others.

This article is dedicated to such people: Agnieska, Aura, Maria, Jens, Dilan and Francesca.

Most chickens are given names, which makes it easier to operate in day-to-day communication with each other.
The first chick that hatched also got a name: Dan.

Smart units – the better way of colaboration

smart working unit chicken farming - visit of the local primary school in CASAdelDRAGON
smart working unit chicken farming – visit of the local primary school in CASAdelDRAGON

At a time when everything is supposed to appear smart – cell phones, cities, governments – it’s time to show that there are real alternatives to classic economy: the smart working units of Familiafeliz, for example.

On Francesca’s initiative, Familiafeliz has started to set up a new working unit: chicken farming in the Spanish home unit. In the construction phase, we create the infrastructure for rearing and keeping the animals. The aim is to make the working unit autonomous and independent of other activities in color garden, according to our charter.
We are inspired by Cecosesola in Venezuela, a network of cooperatives with an extremely smart approach to establishing a new economy in communities.

The few rules of Cecosesola are: no hierarchy, everyone gets the same wage, plenum with consensus AND veto. Those who stay away permanently are automatically kicked out. 4 rules are organizing 43,000 people at Cecosesola, peacefully, without corruption, without police, judiciary and penal system. This can be a real model for the innovative organization of people beyond turbo-capitalism.

smart working unit chicken farming - Chick home for the first few days
smart working unit chicken farming – Chick home for the first few days

In our German home unit we have been raising chickens with one break for over 25 years. The experiences flow into the Spanish project.
We also provided the infrastructure in Germany. The chickens are cared for by several parties (families). This allows each individual team member to travel and does not permanently bind him to the place. All services provided by the members of this unit are gifts to the group. No one calculates who has worked for how many hours. A list is kept and all those involved enter their willingness to provide care in advance for the coming month. This list is available to everyone in the stable.
In this way, a direct contact can also be made at short notice if a team member cannot take care of the previously announced support on one day. It has emerged that individual members of the group have preferences, some being more concerned with logistics and finances, others more concerned with the animals. Everyone gives what they like and to the extent that they like. Rarely is a care time to be negotiated. It works, quietly, stress-free, just smart.

smart working unit chicken farming - the way of understanding - connect to nature
smart working unit chicken farming – the way of understanding – connect to nature

The poultry working unit in Germany offers the following products: eggs, hatching eggs, chicks, young animals, chickens, hens ready to lay eggs, selected cocks for breeding. In Spain, education will be added to encourage others to keep chickens.
In Germany, the eggs are offered at a reasonable market price, currently 50 euro cents.
EVERYONE has to pay this price, whether customer or team member. There is no strife between members of the group, and no conflict of interest between team members who have high egg consumption in their families and those who eat little or no eggs at all.
The income covers the costs, fodder, tools, hatching eggs, young animals from external sources to refresh the gene pool. The surplus money will be returned to the teams.
The balance after 25 years: no arguments, few discussions, always enough money for the first-class supply of organic feed, high-quality food, local recycling of food waste, and the development of an extended community of customers who regularly buy eggs and the animals with their visit children.

smart working unit chicken farming - the first team member - age 4 weeks
smart working unit chicken farming – the first team member – age 4 weeks


This team is currently being formed in Cervera. Familiafeliz continues to make the infrastructure available free of charge. We will not dictate how this working unit will ultimately organize itself (we will report!).
But after more than 25 years we can take stock: based on the innovations of Cecosesola, it works… smart.

Cervera del Maestre, capital del Arte, capital del futuro

Exoit - when healing begins - Expo 2022 - CASAdelDRAGON
Exoit – when healing begins – Expo 2022 – CASAdelDRAGON

Every state intervention in the organically grown reality of life in rural areas has consequences, some of these consequences are considered, some are not, some are desired, some are not. Anyone who feels responsible and wants to give rural areas an advantage is well advised to involve the population and keep an eye on their basic needs.
For a long time, villages have been competing for the people and no longer the people for the villages. Anyone who attracts investors drives away social coexistence. Optimizing the economy and social interaction leads to a conflict of interests. The neo-liberal school of thought opts for economics and claims that social interaction is a side effect. It is not so.

Exoit - when healing begins - Sculpture by Sonia Eva Domenech - Expo 2022 - CASAdelDRAGON
Exoit – when healing begins – Sculpture by Sonia Eva Domenech – Expo 2022 – CASAdelDRAGON

Integration and participation lead to generalization, to the socialization of added value. This is contrary to the desire to accumulate profits in the hands of the few.
Many rural villages have opted for industrial settlement or mass tourism. Both put a strain on natural resources and, due to their structure, cannot be sustainable. The sustainable added value for the local population is low.
Instead of attracting capital, it is subjectively attracting more successful people. Subjective, because fewer and fewer people are available. Regarding refugee policy as a human resource to fill in gaps leads to outrageous collateral damage when the act of helping goes beyond the unorganized initiative of individuals.
There are hard factors in a person’s choice of residence: food, security, work, space, mobility and their infrastructure. There are also soft factors: quality of life, culture, health, potential.
Contemporary art is a companion to contemporary culture. Contemporary art shouldn’t claim to know the right answers either, but contemporary social art can make a contribution, and this is aimed directly at the local people.

Exoit - when healing begins - new generation in town - Expo 2022 - CASAdelDRAGON
Exoit – when healing begins – new generation in town – Expo 2022 – CASAdelDRAGON

Rural areas as a natural resource form the basis of every society. The idea of concentrating people in megacities, producing food artificially and reserving rural areas for the elite of a society does not seem sustainable.
In a more and more online-based world, the permanent influx of young families with high cultural and economic potential will depend on soft factors. Anyone who invests in the satisfaction of their roommates today will automatically find new roommates. Nothing gets around faster than well-being. And word of that gets around, especially among those who make a difference in society.

Exoit - when healing begins - music performance - VERSONAUTAS - Expo 2022 - CASAdelDRAGON
Exoit – when healing begins – music performance – VERSONAUTAS – Expo 2022 – CASAdelDRAGON

The love of music and dance anchored in tradition, the rich culture and open commitment to this culture are a key to integration, but also to a necessary diversification.
Just as in education, it is important in local politics to do little to damage people’s own intrinsic powers and to promote them wherever possible.
This is exactly where contemporary art can make a contribution. She has long since emancipated herself from the elite and their desire for luxury. It strives for the creation of social space across the board, which is populated for the benefit of this very population.
What can contemporary art do in a village like Cervera del Maestre… it can create social spaces for togetherness. It can stimulate in the areas of education, architecture and health.

Social art imparts knowledge in the areas of health, nutrition, medicinal herbs and alternative agriculture. But social art also creates barrier-free access and handling.
Social art brings people of different nationalities together in groups. It provides this group with an identity-forming shared experience.
Social art questions values, views and dogmas, reduces fear, creates serenity in dealing with the stranger.
Social art optimizes social interaction. The prize arises from participation, it remains with the participant himself.

CASAdelDRAGON – nutrition workshop with a guest from Bahrain – Cervera del Maestre 2018

CASA del DRAGON regularly opens its doors to the public space. It invites the local population and it attracts people interested in culture from afar.
Nationalities meet in the workshops and seminars. Some of the visitors return later, some of them forever.
The Garden of Colors is the campus of the free university for informal education and a place for dance, theatre, music and culinary delights. He is connected to the cooperative, the school, the people of the village. But he is also connected to his visitors in recent years, and thus connected to all continents of the world.
Social art transports a message internally and externally, the experience of individual happiness as part of a community.

This is our offer to the village of CERVERA del MAESTRE as well as for other villages with interest in the benefit of social contemporary art (PDF, 22KB).

Cocina Comun

cocina comun - social art event in the house of the dragon
cocina comun – social art event in the house of the dragon

Sunday the 6th of march we meet in the CASAdelDRAGON and prepare some jams and cakes. This event is part of the informal education initiative and itself an event of art.

If you are interested to join this event please check out our application form here or write a mail to us (contact details here).

If you can not partizipate in this event but you like to be invited to the next, let us know (you could use the same communication channels).

Education – The greater Reset

APEAL summer school workshop Romania in 2018
APEAL summer school workshop Romania in 2018

If you can see social developments like the organization of education in a society as a NATURAL proces then you can apply the principles of nature to further development as well. Then:

Evolution instead of revolution.
Niche occupation before displacement.

From the first it follows that in the end there is no legal way to further develop of an existing system. Due to the system, innovation is declared to be an illegal activity.

colorgarden artist camp open kitchen 2019
colorgarden artist camp open kitchen 2019

And second, the occupation of a niche that cannot be reached by the system is a prerequisite for gaining strength and energy in order to be able to displace old systems in the subsequent step.

Organized education is an instrument of power. It was founded around 800 AD by Charlemagne. The goal was to create a unified class of officials with similar qualification in reading, writing and calulating to govern such a large empire.

penyaflor youth workshop 2019
penyaflor youth workshop 2019

Every subsequent social group has repeatedly viewed this educational system as a stable guarantee of its own survival and, if necessary, realigned its educational goals in the short term.

colorgarden stonewall workshop 2019
colorgarden stonewall workshop 2019

Anyone who talks about alternative education systems today should ask themselves whether he want to gain or stabilize power, whether he simply want to siphon off money from elites in a niche, whether he want to realign educational goals (with the hubris of making them binding for everyone else too) or whether he then wants to say goodbye to the idea of ​​organizing education in systems.

The strategy of the classic offers intends to focus on the educational content, but does not question the structure of the mediation. Anyone who withdraws access to their child must be tracked by the system. He does not question the educational content at a parents’ evening. He questions the system.

colorgarden anchient drawing workshop 2019
colorgarden anchient drawing workshop 2019

So it is first of all to define a niche as such and then to recognize one.

In a reorganized world there will be a tension between the will to virtualize and the access to matter. The relocation of educational offers into virtual spaces is a trend. But it is accompanied by the desire to get all human-machine interfaces under the skin.

The Internet of Things is becoming the Internet of Thoughts.

APEAL summer school camp literature workshop 2018
APEAL summer school camp literature workshop 2018

High infrastructure costs do not pay off in the area. So this niche will develop in an area of ​​low population density. The niche will also be found far away from mineral resources or other systemically important resources (like traffic routes).
Every instrument of power is subject to the laws of nature and also to the second law of thermodynamics. A consideration of the ROI for an investment will always lead to peripheral areas, which are not addressed in the first step. Niches will identify themselves as “too expensive” for the mainstream.

The escalation of violence to secure and expand power is also an escalation of the means chosen. Black powder is replaced by fact checkers.

colorgarden builders workshop 2021
colorgarden builders workshop 2021

Informal education is based on the natural needs of those who ask. These needs are difficult to predict. Nutrition seems to be becoming increasingly important.

Epicurus provoked the classical educational system of antiquity. Instead of erecting a new school building, he invited people to a garden. Instead of prescribing content, he created a space for the free flow of communication. Entering the room was linked to the acknowledgment of the principle of equality of the people who enter this room.
The niche will therefore be a social space in which the analogue dialogue is geared towards the needs of the communication partners. The teacher becomes a space builder. The conductor becomes the stage technician.

colorgarden builders workshop 2021
colorgarden builders workshop 2021

People’s strong urge to externalize their thinking, because their own thinking costs so much energy, leads again and again to the formation of roles. These roles (like that of a teacher) are adorned with privileges and burdened with conditions and restrictions. Above all, they are associated with a clear mission statement. The exemption from the task of gathering food is a hallmark of roles in a clan.

colorgarden birthday party 2017
colorgarden birthday party 2017

Leadership, healing, jurisdiction, defense are assigned to systemically relevant roles.
The niche will probably be characterized by the absence of roles… as well as the absence of rules.

Evolution is only recognized by those who remain behind.

CASAdelDRAGON - colorgarden living space 2019
CASAdelDRAGON – colorgarden living space 2019

The gift to the new generation will be expressed in a wish: please do not disturb.

Memories III – the roots of CASAdelDRAGON in Castellon, Spain

casadeldragon - memorias - and let there be light - the challenge at the end
casadeldragon – memorias – and let there be light – the challenge at the end

An event does not take place when everyone is finished. It takes place when someone says: NOW!

Juan petry

After we had announced the first exhibition in the CASAdelDRAGON three and a half years earlier, and after more than a hundred people were already waiting in front of the door, it was time to put the lighting system installed the day before into operation. The test failed. The tension rose.

casadeldragon - memorias - and let there be light II - the challenge at the end
casadeldragon – memorias – and let there be light II – the challenge at the end

In the end a decision had to be made, the light wouldn’t go on in one room. So we improvised there. The guests didn’t care. They hardly noticed. All other rooms were bathed in bright and neutral light. It later turned out that several errors came together: you can’t really go troubleshooting with a defective bulb in a defective socket.

casadeldragon - memorias - the first show goes on - Josi Ganzenmüller - director of a theatre company nearby
casadeldragon – memorias – the first show goes on – Josi Ganzenmüller – director of a theatre company nearby

Antje, translator and interpreter and in Cologne also tour guide in her role… the first exhibition was very well attended. We were also very pleased that so many residents from the village had come by. Local connectivity is important and will remain so. The CASAdelDRAGON is a house for European culture – and thus also for the very local and very valuable culture.

casadeldragon - memorias - the real heroes - Sardinian service by Gabriella
casadeldragon – memorias – the real heroes – Sardinian service by Gabriella

Gabriella, the Sardinian, who, among other things, embellished the Aquarius at the entrance to the gallery with broken tiles, in her pleasant way of helping quietly in the second row, with the eye for what is important, with the strength of her Sardinian ancestors.

casadeldragon - memorias - the guests from near and far - joy and astonishment after the announcement three years earlier
casadeldragon – memorias – the guests from near and far – joy and astonishment after the announcement three years earlier

Visitors came to the opening from near and far. Half were from the village or the surrounding area, the other half came from more than 1000 km away. From the very beginning, the gallery was also a meeting place, the best prerequisite for bridging cultures, for understanding and respect.

casadeldragon - memorias - the real roots of familiafeliz - so many thanks to Corinna
casadeldragon – memorias – the real roots of familiafeliz – so many thanks to Corinna

On that day, two founders of Familiafeliz were standing together in the gallery and didn’t even know that they were both laying the seeds for everything that would arise in the years to come around the house of the dragon. The idea of maybe buying a rental house together in Cologne was not implemented, but the successful founding of our decentralized community was. Sometimes you can remember the moments, they are often small decisions, and yet they lead to great adventures.

casadeldragon - memorias - the artists - esp - fra - ger - Amigos en Arte I
casadeldragon – memorias – the artists – esp – fra – ger – Amigos en Arte I

Barbara Rombach, German-French glass artist, stands next to Jose Caldes, Antje Kalisch and Peter Buch. Along with Genevieve Girot, these were the first five representatives of European contemporary art whose works were exhibited under the title Amigos en el Arte 1.

casadeldragon - memorias - the artist Jose Caldes - famous and humble - a gifted painter from Benicarlo
casadeldragon – memorias – the artist Jose Caldes – famous and humble – a gifted painter from Benicarlo

The well-known painter and sculptor Jose Caldes spoke about the risks and opportunities of a contemporary art gallery in the region. Caldes was the first artist who was able to sell a work – on the day of the opening – to an English art lover and collector. Caldes passed away a few years ago after a long illness, his work is remembered, and his friendship, his noble nature.

casadeldragon - memorias - the true soul of the casa - Antje Schultz - relaxed and happy - after the art coup
casadeldragon – memorias – the true soul of the casa – Antje Schultz – relaxed and happy – after the art coup

There are those who are at the front of the stage, whether they like it or not. And there are those who make all this possible in the first place, through their patience, perseverance, their will to create something positive and their willingness to give. Antje is such a person. Always the real center, quiet, present, for the gallery, the house, the community. Thank you.

Memories II – the roots of CASAdelDRAGON in Castellon, Spain

casadeldragon - memories - the view of the dragon - facing the north north east - as part of a sculpture on top of the artist residence
casadeldragon – memories – the view of the dragon – facing the north north east – as part of a sculpture on top of the artist residence

It is and has always been a challenge to keep the artist residency CASAdelDRAGON open for guests and activities. Decoupled from public funding, every action, no matter how small, is a big task. On the other hand, what has been and is being achieved under these circumstances is a success story and sustainable, since it is not dependent on political sensitivities or depends on the monetary drip of lobbyists.

casadeldragon - memories - the artist residence and think tank of social art in Castellon
casadeldragon – memories – the artist residence and think tank of social art in Castellon

The artist residence and think tank in early spring at 12 o’clock.

The dragon’s house is a gallery and workroom and offers 17 beds. It is inhabited by people who come together to participate in a social sculpture. Art is one reason to come, another is health, education, politics or economics. At the beginning of 2020, the house also became a place of refuge, rest and meeting of people who had left in very compact Echo Chambers. CASAdelDRAGON as a place to meet, to build bridges and to approach, a place to experiment, with the option of failing and starting again.

casadeldragon - memories - the German artist Jo Pellenz in his second visit of the artist residence
casadeldragon – memories – the German artist Jo Pellenz in his second visit of the artist residence

Jo Pellenz is certainly one of the most important contemporary artists from the cathedral city of Cologne. He has visited the artists’ residence several times and left clear traces in the art and culture of the village of Cervera del Maestre. His magnificent installation in the Ermita Sant Sebastian with over 650 unique paper figures remains unforgotten.

casadeldragon - memories - a detial of the Casa Pacha Mama in Cervera del Maestre - a second destination of art in the beautiful village in Castellon
casadeldragon – memories – a detial of the Casa Pacha Mama in Cervera del Maestre – a second destination of art in the beautiful village in Castellon

The second building in the mountain village of Cervera del Maestre, which is dedicated to art, is called CASA PACHA MAMA. Inconspicuous in a small street in the middle of the village, it shows a facade with mosaic and sculpture. You have to be almost exactly in front of it to see this facade. It was inaugurated in the vuelta del Arte in 2009 with an installation by the Mexican artist Rosana Velasquez.

casadeldragon - memories - detail of the first exhibition in the dragon house gallery in Cervera del Maestre Castellon Spain
casadeldragon – memories – detail of the first exhibition in the dragon house gallery in Cervera del Maestre Castellon Spain

The CASAdelDRAGON is dedicated to social art. At the opening of the first exhibition, the artist Juan Petry asked his guests to write down words that they wanted to give the place as “good wishes” along the way.

casadeldragon - memories - Neigungsgruppe Strom - core team of the helpers to open the first time the gallery of the artist residence
casadeldragon – memories – Neigungsgruppe Strom – core team of the helpers to open the first time the gallery of the artist residence

More than 150 people from all over the world helped to rebuild the house. In over 20 years they have rebuilt a 750 year old stone house and filled it with life. In the preparations for the first exhibition after 20 years of construction, these two friends in the “Electronics inclination group” helped assemble the installation for the professional lighting system. The material (ERCO – rails and lights) comes from a former department store in Isalohn (Germany) and was only purchased 6 weeks before the opening of the exhibition.

casadeldragon - memories - David Sales - friend and construction worker in final steps to finish the gallery space
casadeldragon – memories – David Sales – friend and construction worker in final steps to finish the gallery space

It was always the declared goal to bring the activities of CASAdelDRAGON together with the people of the region. The builder David Sales, friend, companion of the Casa and specialist in old building materials, helped to prepare the rooms of the gallery.

casadeldragon - memories - Heide Schultz - friend and core helper and supporter of the artist residence working on a 750 year old wall in the gallery
casadeldragon – memories – Heide Schultz – friend and core helper and supporter of the artist residence working on a 750 year old wall in the gallery

Heide Schultz should be named as one of many helpers and should be remembered. She has supported the activities of the casa for years and of course also helped in the preparation of the first exhibition.

casadeldragon - memories - Margret - friend and core helper of the artist residence working for the finish of the gallery space
casadeldragon – memories – Margret – friend and core helper of the artist residence working for the finish of the gallery space

The floors of the natural bulges of the back walls are laid with river stones from the RAMBLA CERVERA. Margret had helped collect these stones and contributed a lot to the fact that we were able to open the first exhibition on time, three and a half years after we announced this vernissage!

casadeldragon - memories - installation detail of the gallery space - thanks to Björn working without any errors since more than 15 years
casadeldragon – memories – installation detail of the gallery space – thanks to Björn working without any errors since more than 15 years

This is a detail from the construction period. The cable harnesses all lead to a junction box that brings together all the house electrics. Thanks to Björn, a Cologne street artist and electrician, this installation is still working today without any failures.

casadeldragon - memories - living room of the artist residence - waiting for floor and finish - donated wooden beams from WESTERWALD
casadeldragon – memories – living room of the artist residence – waiting for floor and finish – donated wooden beams from WESTERWALD

The photo shows today’s living room of the CASAdelDRAGON, today a meeting place. Since then, more than 2000 (!!) visitors have entered this room, students, pupils, artists, creative people from all over the world.

casadeldragon - memories - peter buch and jo pellenz in dialog
casadeldragon – memories – peter buch and jo pellenz in dialog

CASAdelDRAGON is also networked with other important art venues in the region. A friend and mentor in the field of sculpture is Peter Buch (left). His “Jardi de Peter” is an impressive destination for the region’s contemporary art.

All these photos – and another 100 – were shown together for the first time in an installation in the rocket club in Cologne’s southern part. This was a social art event, a personal celebration and a music and theater event with Dj Joachim (DREAMS Koblenz) and many guests.

These photos will also be published as part of the Artsurprise art project and as part of an installation in Colorgarden, the CASAdelDRAGON campus.

El techo de Dilan – altar de feliz

el techo de dillan - altar de feliz - Dilan and his roof
el techo de Dilan – altar de feliz – Dilan and his roof

New artists are arriving in the color garden. Their smart take-over is welcome. Epicurs garden is a garden of education, a garden of art, a holistic approach, not to understand humans and nature as opposites but as unity in diversity. The garden experiences the great artists like Nora Valdez, who are active worldwide and give the project, the garden and the village of Cervera a sculpture. Likewise, the young artists come, the new generation of young people who will take over the power in a few years. The garden offers them a special kind of playground. They can try some handcraft activities and decide freely which activity they want to be part of, and with with fun. The garden as it is only offers space for development; it is up to the people to explore this space themselves and find out what is possible. The little and the smallest artists have no problem with that. They seize the opportunity directly and with full concentration. They watch others and do it. They observe, they try, they immerse themselves in the material and process. Doing things together is a space for them to develop. And they see the challenge as an opportunity.

the altar of happyness - a youth project in the color garden
the altar of happyness – a youth project in the color garden

The children stick colorful pieces on old ceramic plates from the ruins of the village Cervera dell Maestre. They are recycling valuable cultural assets. The ceramics come from houses from the last 500 years. There is a lot of energy in them, bound up in the manufacturing process. The reuse as an image carrier documents the respect for this material. This view is admittedly an adult view of things. But the natural handling and appreciation are immediately understood and adapted. And since the result, the altar of joy, will last a long time, there is also the chance of a return and a pause, to think about what happened back then, in the time of great change. The children’s hands immerse themselves in a 600-year history of the region and they build something that protrudes far into the future.

the altar of happyness - a 300 year old wooden bean for the new roof
the altar of happyness – a 300 year old wooden bean for the new roof

Dilan choosed an old wooden bean from the trash to give stability to the new roof. He carefully selects small natural stones that give the beam support and fix it in position.

dilans roof - using old creamic pieces and very old buildung techniques
dilans roof – using old creamic pieces and very old buildung techniques

Dilans work is a preparation for the upcoming next event in the color garden. Every family with kids is invited to join the event in the color garden. On the second weekend of construction work, the altar will be completed and inaugurated. Many small artists have announced themselves.

New event 2021-11-07 - 10am
New event 2021-11-07 – 10am

The color garden is a social art project. Contemporary art creates space for social interaction. The encounter with others becomes an encounter with oneself. The altar of joy stands at the entrance to the garden. It will attract the attention of the visitors. It will remind you of the creative young people and their time in this garden. And it will offer space for a pause, a moment of rest, and then move on and explore the garden.

Living Community – The reason why

Living Commmunity - The reason why - The global tipping point
Living Commmunity – The reason why – The global tipping point

Teaching overestimates. Learning underestimates.

Juan petry

At times when mothers begin to hoard food, there is often little time to think about grand life plans. When the unsuspecting humans begin to suspect something, morality disappears. When common values are disappearing into the history books, when fear is stoked, when language is confused, societies deteriorate. The tension rises, it discharges into violence. In anger, the creator finds the strength to set the new and sets the seed for its later decline as well.

Living Commmunity - The reason why - Back to the roots
Living Commmunity – The reason why – Back to the roots

The condition for avoiding the danger hides the actual intention. The question of how one is allowed to belong becomes more important than the question of what one might belong to. The appeal is for the common good, the individual has to step back, it is “proclaimed” again.
No wonder that so many people are looking for new communities. Some find them in an alliance with the mainstream, others turn away and look for like-minded people in the off-space of society. After the industrial revolution comes the mental one. Who actually has the hubris to say it is the fourth?

Living Commmunity - The reason why - Harvesting donations from nature
Living Commmunity – The reason why – Harvesting donations from nature

Many communities promise protection, and so they join the chorus of carnival screamers who have salvation in their mouths and their own benefit in mind.
Offering protection from nature is a monstrous self-overestimation of the people, paired with the desire to drive a wedge between the inhabitant and the habitat, which has to be filled with products. These products make sense. Rationing opens up new possibilities.
The answer lies in dualism. As much as a person longs for community, he also desires individuality. Let’s do it together, then I’ll have more time for myself!

Living Commmunity - The reason why - To be or not to be
Living Commmunity – The reason why – To be or not to be


Familiafeliz as an open community offers a social space for individual happiness. The young people who enter the Color garden are breaking new ground. It is not the defined space of a training center, it is not the retreat of the do-gooders. It is a weak, flexible and open space in which the visitors dominate the action. Contradictions, disorganization and counterproductivity are indicators of the degree of freedom.

Living Commmunity - The reason why - Another research
Living Commmunity – The reason why – Another research


The children who visit the place deal with it self-consciously. They are aware of themselves. While the parents are still conceiving, negotiating and investigating, the young people have long been on their way, close to nature, close to the action. A Herakles who, under today’s circumstances, brings children into the world, accompanies and encourages them on their own path. It takes space and the understanding that it is easier to create and maintain this space together. The art camp in the garden of colors is such a place. And we are well advised not to pretend too much and to watch more where the journey will go.

Living Commmunity - The reason why - Another common sense
Living Commmunity – The reason why – Another common sense

Sometimes it is a place of searching, sometimes a place of finding. Sometimes it is a place of experience, sometimes of being. We hear Czech, French, Castellano and Catalan, English and German. In the mixture of cultures we can sense the new order. Our own socialization blocks our way to really recognize it, we cannot force it either. It will reveal, naturally.

Living Commmunity - The reason why - The new order
Living Commmunity – The reason why – The new order

Our ego searches for the truth, wants to do the right thing, exhausts itself in the justification. Even the recognition of the groundless justifies the action, and is communicated with regard to the algorithm: the reason for …

Recollect carob for a good reason

alternative-education-project-castellon-spain
alternative-education-project-castellon-spain

Carob was the oil of the Middle Ages, and in some ways it is likely to be the oil of the future. What used to drive donkey and horse carts is now valuable food. Alternative education is authentic if it is exemplified and can be accompanied. That is why CASAdelDRAGON invites parents to spend a cozy and effective morning collecting carob. At the end of the day we share the food we have brought with us and enjoy the social time together.
If you are interested, please contact us directly.