Its all about love

happy birthday antje - 2024 - casa pacha mama - the moment before
happy birthday antje – 2024 – casa pacha mama – the moment before

This is the story of a great love, an old house, a deep long sleep and a wonderful awakening. It is the story of people who slowly but steadily pursue goals. It is the story of a community whose bonds are invisible but also mysteriously strong. It is the story of a staircase, a sculpture that has moved into Pacha Mama’s house. And it is the story of a time of reflection on the essential thing in life, love.

happy birthday antje - 2024 - casa pacha mama - structure - all the way down
happy birthday antje – 2024 – casa pacha mama – structure – all the way down

Casa Pacha Mama is a house of our community in the village of Cervera del Maestre in Castellon. The house is several hundred years old and yet one of the newer houses in the village. The development of a winding passageway between the houses of the Moorish settlement was expanded and gave space, hope and protection to a poor family from Catalunya in the late Middle Ages.

Several generations have repeatedly rebuilt the small house and adapted it to the current needs of their lives. Most recently, the first floor was partly used as a chicken coop and the terrace as a rabbit hutch. An old man was the last resident on the ground floor. He looked out of his kitchen through a window the size of a postcard. And went down into the cellar through a rotten wooden hatch in the hallway. After that the house was uninhabited. Nobody was interested in this house at the end of a cul-de-sac, squeezed between other large, stately houses. Then we came

happy birthday antje - 2024 - casa pacha mama - structure - the last step
happy birthday antje – 2024 – casa pacha mama – structure – the last step

After almost twenty years of temporary use for helpers in the construction of the large house CASAdelDRAGON, the time had come. We started rebuilding the house. The shell and the first phase of the interior work were completed in 2008. The construction had put a lot of strain on the budget and we first had to try to consolidate. In 2009, the basement room was part of the “Vuelta de Arte” and showed an installation by a Mexican artist.
Until the end of 2023, the building was only used as a warehouse and at times also served as a studio for art production. Then the plan was made to complete the interior expansion.

The spiral staircase as the central connection between the floors had to be built first. The staircase itself, made of iron and wood, was intended to underline the character of the house and was technically a challenge, as a four-level steel structure had to be built in a small space.

happy birthday antje - 2024 - casa pacha mama - oscar
happy birthday antje – 2024 – casa pacha mama – oscar

Many people helped. Of particular note is Oscar, who welded the central column and the steps together. Dirk and Tina helped make the steps and exits. And many others contributed to us being able to hand over this staircase to the owner as a birthday present on January 31, 2024. She knew nothing, nothing about how far we were, nothing about who had come to the celebration, and nothing about all the preparations for a big, milestone birthday.

happy birthday antje - 2024 - casa pacha mama - staircase to heaven
happy birthday antje – 2024 – casa pacha mama – staircase to heaven

Some details on these stairs are connected in a very special way to our community and our lives here in Spain. There was a grate in the basement of the house for over 30 years. We found this in an old garbage dump in the village. Whenever we drove away rubble and came back with something “valuable,” Antje shook her head. She was just happy about a little more space on the construction site and we immediately cleared the space full of treasures for the future… whatever future…

happy birthday antje - 2024 - casa pacha mama - structure with history
happy birthday antje – 2024 – casa pacha mama – structure with history

Our old friend Henk DeROOY closed his workshop many years ago. He gave us some objects from his collection. These also included castings with coats of arms and decorations. Henk was a very special person. We have a lot to thank him for. Ultimately, he said the decisive sentence that inspired our decision for this project and this place! Now his gift is a detail in this staircase, and anyone who uses it can notice it and ask about it. Then the birthday child knows the story, about Inge and Henk, about the buses, the furniture transport, the tenant changes in the summer and the old man and the sea (which took his brother from him).

happy birthday antje - 2024 - casa pacha mama - a symbolic hint to an old friend
happy birthday antje – 2024 – casa pacha mama – a symbolic hint to an old friend

Even after the celebration, construction work will continue. The staircase was a milestone on the way to completing this house and thus a building block in this work of giving friendship and love a place and allowing it to have an effect, in a beautiful village in Maestrazgo.

happy birthday antje - 2024 - casa pacha mama - ready for the visit
happy birthday antje – 2024 – casa pacha mama – ready for the visit

Life is a building yard. Love shows the way.

Many thanks to: Corinna, Claudia, Holle, Jan, Tina, Dirk, Utz, Irene, Dörte, Oscar…

Horno de Vida en Cervera 2.0

Horno d Vida en Cervera - foundation
Horno de Vida en Cervera – foundation

This is the story of building an oven, and it is the story of non-intentional giving. It’s a story about a world without money, and it’s a story about pleasure.

Horno d Vida en Cervera - basic structure
Horno de Vida en Cervera – basic structure

When two friends began to move their lives from the big city to the country and when they began to create a large garden and when they began to collect and recycle materials, the desire arose to have an oven like the one in the Familiafeliz Art Camp to have to make bread in order to be able to prepare larger quantities of food.

Horno d Vida en Cervera - natural clay from the land
Horno de Vida en Cervera – natural clay from the land

So the wish became reality. The place to build the new stove was found in an old open fireplace with poor ventilation. In addition to ceramic shaped stones, little cement, a lot of lime and even more clay soil from the finca were used to build the oven.

The mixture of clay soil, lime, cement and a little water is suitable for both bricking and plastering the firebox.

Horno d Vida en Cervera - fire box wall protection with natural clay
Horno de Vida en Cervera – fire box wall protection with natural clay

Clay is a grateful and dimensionally stable building material if it can dry out in peace and is protected from too much rain.

The construction of the oven was a gift. The goal was to create another place nearby where people can also gather, where friends can meet, cook together, enjoy food preparation and meals together.

Horno d Vida en Cervera - fire box wall protection with natural clay
Horno de Vida en Cervera – fire box wall protection with natural clay

Many who visit Familiafeliz ask themselves where the community can be experienced. Often you only see a few people. Many people don’t associate this with community.

Horno d Vida en Cervera - combustion chamber - circulating hot air
Horno d Vida en Cervera – combustion chamber – circulating hot air

In moments like these, when you build a stove like this together, this feeling of community arises. Whoever is there will experience it. Most people come to it later. They are then more attracted to the good smell of the meals. But they no longer experience this special feeling of community. That was the feeling of people who give themselves unintentionally, who do something for themselves, with good consequences for those around them, who walk part of the way together.

Horno d Vida en Cervera - roof building
Horno de Vida en Cervera – roof building

The oven is suitable for all sorts of things: you can make pizza in it, fish and meat dishes, especially casseroles, and you can bake bread and cakes.

Horno d Vida en Cervera - front side building
Horno de Vida en Cervera – front side building

Since the temperature inside only drops slowly, it is also suitable as a drying cabinet for cooking food after use.

Horno d Vida en Cervera - front side with iron door
Horno de Vida en Cervera – front side with iron door

The clay body keeps cracking easily. In the first few months, work is carried out again and again and small hairline cracks are closed with a clay slurry. After a while, no further cracks will form. The clay body glazes a little at temperatures of over 650 degrees in the combustion chamber.

Horno d Vida en Cervera - front side with fire box door
Horno de Vida en Cervera – front side with fire box door

Such an oven dominates a place. He becomes a social magnet. People will always gather in front of it to prepare food together. He will always feed people, a furnace of life that connects people, also in the will to enjoy themselves.

Horno d Vida en Cervera - first test - first fire
Horno de Vida en Cervera – first test – first fire

Food is FOOD, a means of life…

Horno d Vida en Cervera - first test - first bread
Horno de Vida en Cervera – first test – first bread

You can’t buy an oven like this, you can only get it as a gift, like the friendship of the people who now care for it and use it. Friends who have created their own social space and share with their friends and families.

Horno d Vida en Cervera - first test - pizza
Horno de Vida en Cervera – first test – pizza

Silent Running – from Castrop to Cervera

SILENT RUNNING - EXPO CASTROP RAUXEL - CERVERA DEL MAESTRE 2009 - 2023
SILENT RUNNING – EXPO CASTROP RAUXEL – CERVERA DEL MAESTRE 2009 – 2023

To walk from Castrop-Rauxel in Germany to Cervera del maestre it takes about 50 days of walking (if you walk 30 km per day). In a human life, with everyday life and life that keeps coming in between, it can sometimes take 14 years.
In 2009, a friend offered to use a shop temporarily to initiate a small art show there. At that time, a few artists from the EL-DRAC network accepted and so the exhibition was set up in one day. Temporary use was and is always an option for art in the industrial region in constant upheaval. The shop was empty. The large shop window did not convey the colorful experience that the landlords wanted.
Again and again the art goes to off-spaces. This often sets in motion a dialogue that goes far beyond the actual location.
When contemporary art dives into the living environment of a changing society, leaving the apparently safe place of the studio, there are always exciting moments.
That was also the case in Castrop-Rauxel. The title of the show was defined as “Silent running”, the homage to an SCI-FI classic on the one hand, and the reference to the art’s quiet incursion into the former Roman camp on two strategic connecting routes.
A few years later, a few kilometers further south-west in Europe, two artists occupied an empty space. Between the exhibitions and other social events, the gallery in the Haus des Drachen was available for a “Flashlight”, a snapshot from the archive of two freelance artists. Again with no public funding and no advertising support, again quietly… and again there’s a chance that the universe will do something…unexpected, nice.

SILENT RUNNING - EXPO CASTROP RAUXEL - CERVERA DEL MAESTRE 2009 - 2023
SILENT RUNNING – EXPO CASTROP RAUXEL – CERVERA DEL MAESTRE 2009 – 2023

The exhibition is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free entry. There is something to discover from 14 years of contemporary art in Europe.
The people who often stand in the background and who are nevertheless so important for the success of such spontaneous actions should also be reminded here. Thanks go to Annette. She made that possible back then. And now, a few years and a few kilometers further… let’s not forget that. The journey continues: Silent Running 2.

Gallinas de Amor – a social sculpture in the colorgarden – part 2

gallinas de amor - a social sculpture in the color garden - heavens gate for the chicken house
gallinas de amor – a social sculpture in the color garden – heavens gate for the chicken house

This is the continuation of the story of the social sculpture “Gallinas de Amor” (part 1). It is the story of the continuation of a construction, the story of the people involved and the story of a community that pursues sustainable goals in times of uncertainty and strife. It is also a story of life without a lot of money but with a lot of contentment and happiness.

gallinas de amor - a social sculpture in the color garden - sand for the construction
gallinas de amor – a social sculpture in the color garden – sand for the construction

It’s all, once again, a matter of logistics and access to resources. Who would think that building sand is in demand these days and is a scarce commodity. The sand grains of the deserts of this earth are not suitable because they do not tilt well in the mortar, they are ground round by nature and wind. We can use a local producer and get the sand from nearby.

gallinas de amor - a social sculpture in the color garden - first wall
gallinas de amor – a social sculpture in the color garden – first wall

First, a barrier layer of bitumen mats was laid and bricked on top. This barrier layer later prevents moisture from penetrating from the floor into the walls. If this barrier layer is omitted, the moisture can later loosen the plaster and promote mold growth.

gallinas de amor - a social sculpture in the color garden - first wall with door
gallinas de amor – a social sculpture in the color garden – first wall with door

Inserting the front door with building dies before laying the actual wall is a typical improvisation, but it facilitates the use of recycled building materials like those on this door.
The welded anchors can be connected directly to the wall to be erected.

gallinas de amor - a social sculpture in the color garden - first day of working on the wall
gallinas de amor – a social sculpture in the color garden – first day of working on the wall

The concrete blocks are easy to brick up and little mortar is required for the joints. This is no comparison to the natural stone walls.

gallinas de amor - a social sculpture in the color garden - two exits for the chicken
gallinas de amor – a social sculpture in the color garden – two exits for the chicken

The two exits for the chickens can be seen in the foreground. Later, two small wooden stalls will be separated inside so that groups of pedigree chickens can be kept together or separately in order to generate offspring in a targeted manner.

gallinas de amor - a social sculpture in the color garden - contemporary art with bottles
gallinas de amor – a social sculpture in the color garden – contemporary art with bottles

Art is probably not used in a normal cattle shed. In the chicken coop at Color Garden, art is the primary goal. The house as a concept and in its realization is an art project. It has both a social and an aesthetic component. The glass bottles in the wall later give a broken, colorful play of light inside and loosen up the architecture. But they are also a way to recycle material in an unusual way.

gallinas de amor - a social sculpture in the color garden - frames and windows in the wall
gallinas de amor – a social sculpture in the color garden – frames and windows in the wall

Old single glazed window frames have been refurbished and recycled and become part of the chicken coop.

gallinas de amor - a social sculpture in the color garden - heavens gate - the door first time open
gallinas de amor – a social sculpture in the color garden – heavens gate – the door first time open

The front door is already stuck in the wall and could be opened for the first time.

gallinas de amor - a social sculpture in the color garden - heavens gate - the height of the roof
gallinas de amor – a social sculpture in the color garden – the height of the roof

The roof height is reached after only four days.

gallinas de amor - a social sculpture in the color garden - heavens gate - the roof
gallinas de amor – a social sculpture in the color garden – the roof

Rafters are placed as a test and the distance is adjusted to the clay slabs. From this, the number and size of the panels are determined.

gallinas de amor - a social sculpture in the color garden - heavens gate - the main carrier
gallinas de amor – a social sculpture in the color garden – the main carrier

The main beam is embedded under the ceiling and later pressed against the rafters from below with building stamps. This creates an optimal connection and the subsequent roof load can be well distributed.

gallinas de amor - a social sculpture in the color garden - heavens gate - a work area for chicken exits
gallinas de amor – a social sculpture in the color garden – a work area for chicken exits

A lot of the work is done elsewhere. A work area will be set up here for the construction of the exits for the chickens.

gallinas de amor - a social sculpture in the color garden - heavens gate - chicken exits in progress
gallinas de amor – a social sculpture in the color garden – chicken exits in progress

The guides for the trapdoors for the exits of the chickens are being prepared.

gallinas de amor - a social sculpture in the color garden - heavens gate - wooden structures for the interior
gallinas de amor – a social sculpture in the color garden – wooden structures for the interior

Wooden constructions for the interior are provided, laying nests from old bee boxes, perches, covers for the compartments in the stable, exits for the chickens.

gallinas de amor - a social sculpture in the color garden - heavens gate - small mezzanine
gallinas de amor – a social sculpture in the color garden – small mezzanine

Below the ceiling, a small intermediate floor was installed on one side. This offers storage space that is always necessary for food and tools. This shelf is very solid and also allows heavy loads.

gallinas de amor - a social sculpture in the color garden - heavens gate - small mezzanine with tails
gallinas de amor – a social sculpture in the color garden – small mezzanine with tails

From the stock of ceramic tiles, a selection could be found that fits perfectly and will make regular cleaning easier later on.

gallinas de amor - a social sculpture in the color garden - heavens gate - the construction of the compartments for the chickens in the barn
gallinas de amor – a social sculpture in the color garden – the construction of the compartments for the chickens in the barn

The construction of the compartments for the hens in the barn continued. These compartments will later be equipped with a multifunctional connecting door. This means that both areas can be used individually or together. Especially in larger groups with several roosters, it is an advantage if these roosters can avoid each other. It makes keeping multiple roosters easier.

gallinas de amor - a social sculpture in the color garden - compartments ready to go
gallinas de amor – a social sculpture in the color garden – compartments ready to go

No people were seen in these photos. Nevertheless, many were there and helped. And much remains secret for most. The rafters of this roof come from Germany, they were brought to Spain more than 8 years ago. They should actually be installed elsewhere, but the people who were out and about in the color garden back then are long gone. They left their dreams there. They have moved on, but their strength is also in these materials and we are giving them new life in a new project.
The windows also come from Germany from old houses. Many generations looked through these windows in a rough rural region in the Eifel before they were to be disposed of. We took them with us and kept them in Germany for years, and later in the color garden. Now they have found their place.

A special thanks to Maria and Jens for their help in building the roof and to Mario the builder who gifted us the main beam. These people help with their love and power to create such places. And the least thing is to name it.

Gallinas de Amor – a social sculpture in the colorgarden – part 1

gallinas de amor - a social sculpture in the color garden - the space
gallinas de amor – a social sculpture in the color garden – the space

It’s going to be a long story. We will publish them in several articles. This will be the first. It is the story of a dream of a single mother in Spain, of a desire to live close to nature with animals, and it is the story of its fulfillment, in times of violence and strife in Europe. It is a symbol of the power of a community to focus on the well-being of its members and to get involved for good. Food is the means of life.

As you can see, they see nothing. No buildings, no sculptures, no art, no chickens, just nature, which had temporarily reclaimed parts of the finca.

gallinas de amor - a social sculpture in the color garden - the door
gallinas de amor – a social sculpture in the color garden – the door

Four years earlier, Iris and Kai from Hanover had set metal posts for the chicken coop. After that, the construction site rested and we only occasionally deposited building materials. Clay stones and an iron door patiently awaited the start of construction.

gallinas de amor - a social sculpture in the color garden - the old shelter in the corner
gallinas de amor – a social sculpture in the color garden – the old shelter in the corner

The shepherd’s old shelter was almost invisible. Only the column that had been started and the concrete beams for a new roof construction protruded above the tall grass.

gallinas de amor - a social sculpture in the color garden - preparing the space - the beginning
gallinas de amor – a social sculpture in the color garden – preparing the space – the beginning

As a beekeeper we need to use part of the color garden as a storage. Beehives, tools, wood… large parts of the Color Garden are a space of possibilities. What amazes many visitors is the apparent disorder, the creative chaos of the artists. One factor is always underestimated. The seemingly disorganized storage of materials fuels the process of creative problem solving. Beyond public funding and without sponsors and patronage, we have to create many solutions from the recycled resources.

gallinas de amor - a social sculpture in the color garden - preparing the space - order
gallinas de amor – a social sculpture in the color garden – preparing the space – order

Logistics is a very important factor in site organization. Access roads, intermediate storage. All of this needs to be well thought out. The upcoming construction site requires good planning. The materials are heavy and therefore difficult to move, and unnecessary multiple movements cost a lot of time and energy. This organization is difficult for many lay people to understand and it requires experience to recognize its importance.

gallinas de amor - a social sculpture in the color garden - preparing the space - grass cutting
gallinas de amor – a social sculpture in the color garden – preparing the space – grass cutting

Then the grass was cut with a brush cutter.

gallinas de amor - a social sculpture in the color garden - preparing the space - more construction material
gallinas de amor – a social sculpture in the color garden – preparing the space – more construction material

More building material was collected. Among other things, the remains of drainage pipes for drainage were brought under the floor slabs of the chicken coops that were still to be produced. These come from a construction site in Germany and had waited 18 years for a meaningful use.

gallinas de amor - a social sculpture in the color garden - preparing the space - tree care - pruning
gallinas de amor – a social sculpture in the color garden – preparing the space – tree care – pruning

Tree care offered itself before the actual construction began. The wild olive trees are still waiting for later refinement. Now a strong pruning was announced.

gallinas de amor - a social sculpture in the color garden - micromanaging the humans
gallinas de amor – a social sculpture in the color garden – micromanaging the humans

The dog Lulu is managing the scene.

gallinas de amor - a social sculpture in the color garden - strip foundation
gallinas de amor – a social sculpture in the color garden – strip foundation

The excavation for the strip foundations represents the first actual start of construction.

gallinas de amor - a social sculpture in the color garden - strip foundation - more
gallinas de amor – a social sculpture in the color garden – strip foundation – more

And more…

gallinas de amor - a social sculpture in the color garden - strip foundation - and more
gallinas de amor – a social sculpture in the color garden – strip foundation – and more

And more…

gallinas de amor - a social sculpture in the color garden - strip foundation - and more
gallinas de amor – a social sculpture in the color garden – strip foundation – and more

And more…

gallinas de amor - a social sculpture in the color garden - strip foundation - and more material for the foundation
gallinas de amor – a social sculpture in the color garden – strip foundation – and more material for the foundation

For the foundation, concrete blocks were brought in for living formwork (formwork that will later be part of the structure).

gallinas de amor - a social sculpture in the color garden - strip foundation - and more material for the foundation
gallinas de amor – a social sculpture in the color garden – strip foundation – and more material for the foundation

The stones were stored close to where they would later be used to facilitate the work.

gallinas de amor - a social sculpture in the color garden - strip foundation - rubble to fill up the subsoil
gallinas de amor – a social sculpture in the color garden – strip foundation – rubble to fill up the subsoil

Rubble to fill up the subsoil was approached. Hard-working helpers from Germany and Spain lend a hand. A social sculpture is a social activity where people can have a special experience. The “Gallinas de Amor” project goes back to Francesca’s desire to keep chickens in the Color Garden. Familiafeliz as a “facilitator” provides the resources and organizes the infrastructure.

gallinas de amor - a social sculpture in the color garden - strip foundation - thanks to Kim from Germany
gallinas de amor – a social sculpture in the color garden – strip foundation – thanks to Kim from Germany

There is an agreement with local construction companies that they can dump construction waste on the finac. We then look for valuable building material and the construction companies later drive the rest away to the dump. This saves you money, because disposing of rubble is expensive. And we receive valuable materials free of charge, natural stones, old clay tiles, ceramics for trencadis…

gallinas de amor - a social sculpture in the color garden - strip foundation - Mixer ready
gallinas de amor – a social sculpture in the color garden – strip foundation – Mixer ready

The rubble has an important function. It reduces the volume of the concrete slab to be poured. It creates cavities for ventilation under the concrete slab and allows the drainage pipe to collect moisture from under the concrete slab and release it to the outside.

gallinas de amor - a social sculpture in the color garden - strip foundation - gravel to start the foundation
gallinas de amor – a social sculpture in the color garden – strip foundation – gravel to start the foundation

About 70% of the work on a construction site is accounted for by the preparation and follow-up of the actual work.

gallinas de amor - a social sculpture in the color garden - strip foundation - foundation finished
gallinas de amor – a social sculpture in the color garden – strip foundation – foundation finished

After two hours in the early morning, the concrete slab was ready as the foundation for the first chicken coop.

gallinas de amor - a social sculpture in the color garden - strip foundation - best wishes
gallinas de amor – a social sculpture in the color garden – strip foundation – best wishes

In times like these, when many people are losing their social contacts, it is a joy and a zest for life to achieve goals together. This foundation weighs over 7 tons, houses a message in a bottle for the future, and will become the base of the new chicken coop.

Thanks to Antje, Corinna, Dilan and Kim. And a big thanks to Francesca for the tireless work in the sun and the strength to make this dream come true.

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.