Brief update (4)

This summer, we stayed at the Foundry with up to twelve people; the space handled that number without problems. It will be permanently inhabited throughout the winter. Next year it will be ready for events.

By late spring or early summer we can probably host 15 to 20 people if some are ok sharing a room; many more if people camp. It would be great to do a thematic summer school or some workshops. If people have suggestions or want to organize something, please get in touch.

We might also end next summer with a larger festival. More info in the next few months.

Thanks to everyone for an amazing summer, and especially to the MamaSoil people for the terraces!

Brief update (3)

In May, we have:

-Made the big house rudimentarily inhabitable (about six rooms now have light and an electricity outlet, although the floor plan will change in the future).
-Isolated the floor in what was a kitchen and will be a library / working space.
-Cleaned up some walls (got rid of plaster to expose the stone).
-Started repairing the wood in one large room on the first floor.
-Made an outside kitchen, sink and hot shower.
-Worked on the garden.
-Gotten a bunch of matresses, washing machine, dishwasher.
-Navigated bureaucracies.
-Celebrated San Isidro with the local population.

Comfort and capacity are quickly increasing, though the focus is still on building and starting some sort of community rather than organizing events. Next construction push: July / August. Get in touch if you want to come; we can comfortably host about 10 people now, 15 if some share a room or sleep in the church (and of course way more if people sleep in tents).

Thanks to everyone who was there in May.

Brief update (2)

In March, we have:

-Cleaned up the site.
-Made paths.
-Set up a workshop.
-Built infrastructure (toilet, shower, barbecue).
-Planted fruit trees.
-Burned wood.
-Turned a church into a bedroom / pantry.

For now, the site is permanently inhabited. We warmly invite you to go and take a look. The next semi-organized construction push is scheduled for May, when we hope to start on the big house. There will be sleeping places for eight to ten people – get in touch if you want to be one of them.

Thanks to everyone who was there in March. It was amazing.

A late 18th century debate on the sustainability of capitalism

Raimundo Ibáñez, 1791:
“El sistema contrario (da mala política de montes) que la maledicencia querrá objetar de que las herrerías han destruído los montes, nada prueba, ni nada puede hallar protección sino en la ignorancia y en la barbarie, pues aunque es cierto que en la provincia de Mondoñedo han quedado a yermo algunas de aquellas fábricas por falta de leñas, y últimamente una en la jurisdicción de Bravos, distante tres leguas de la puente de Muras, no ha sido sino por el abuso y desorden de sus dueños, o más bien por el de sus arrendatarios, en cuya ambición no cabe otro interés que el de enriquecerse con avaricia.”

The Foundry, Founded

The Foundry was an iron foundry in the 15th century. Then there was a castle, which was destroyed by Napoleon’s armies in the early 19th century. Using the stones of the ruined castle, people built a manor house from which the surrounding farms were administered. Until, in the 1970s, everyone left.

The Foundry will be a space where intellectuals can do intellectual work without dealing with the university and where artists can work on projects that don’t fit the demands of a grant program; a heterotopia where motivations other than enthusiasm are subtracted.

But first we need to build it. People who sense an affinity with the project and want to contribute can get in touch. Renovation work will probably start late winter / early spring 2018. There will be free food and accommodation. Everyone is welcome; there will be a lot of work. We have a small church, a mill, a small house and two big houses, most of them in pretty bad shape. Once the space is inhabitable, we can start organizing events.

The Foundry will be a space where intellectuals can do intellectual work without dealing with the university and where artists can work on projects that don’t fit the demands of a grant program; a heterotopia where motivations other than enthusiasm are subtracted.

But first we need to build it. People who sense an affinity with the project and want to contribute can get in touch. Renovation work will probably start late winter / early spring 2018. There will be free food and accommodation. Everyone is welcome; there will be a lot of work. We have a small church, a mill, a small house and two big houses, most of them in pretty bad shape. Once the space is inhabitable, we can start organizing events.

If someone is good at building websites that would also be great.