El Hondo

38.172949, -0.776441


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EL Hondo wetland

Costa Blanca - Spain

El Hondo

38.172949, -0.776441

Contemplating the wetland El Hondo from the wooden tower, with every senses wild open. Birds are coming from a multitud of horizons, ambassadors of a peacful world without frontieres. Looking at the sunset Ouest, the ibis are passing by, the night is falling, Water and Soil smell good, gratitude !


People and Nature

a wooden hut as a symbol for the encounters


This is the story of a liminal place, a wooden hut at the end of the road, the junction between nature and culture, a journey for environmental and social healing. This story inspired by the Oika project created by the ecologist Rich Blundell, is an intend to regenerate the roots of the local community with the wetland through a collaborative Art practice involving memories, dreams, emotions, sensations and the creativity.


The collection of feathers at the hut is a very important resource to introduce species of birds and exchange memories of observations and encounters. Sometimes some villagers and travelers carry some feathers they have found on the floor. Feathers have this extraordinary power of a strong poetical meaning of lightness, perfection and fly.


During several years we created a set of games and practices to facilitate the access to the intelligence of Nature. The process of gamification of knowledge is a way to emulate the excitment and the joy of being in nature. It is also a way to establish collabortive processes of learning and creating together.


An important part of the process of regeneration of the wetland is to identify the presence and status of species but also to identify the people bringing their knowledge, art and wisdom to the land. We use CGeomap, our open source based locative media editor we created, to geolocate public resources on an interactive app and web-app.


Get to know the wetland

a pilot program of Oika residencies

As an extension in Spain of the Oika Project, the aim is to give also to the Oika artists international network the opportunity to apply for a residence at the wetland El Hondo in 2022. Check the Exhibition page to discover the Permanent Creation Room .

initiation practice
"Expanded ID with Nature"

Getting to know the land is helping us to know us better and be in harmony with nature and people. Along the years of exploration of the wetland and the Vega Baja territory i discovered that it was also possible to help people to know the land at distance and identfy the challenges from here and there. This methodology i call "Expanded ID" is a online dialogue where two people ask for information and details related to the land of the other person. A set of collabortative cartographies emerge from the dialogue and help greatly to know each otther through our remote and shared senses. This practice is the first step towards a physical residence and creation at the wetland with an Oika grant.

Check the Residence program web page for more details. You can apply for this program even if you are not yet a member of the Oika community.

past and future visits

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2022 / 10

walking & ecotherapy artists

Stephanie Whitelaw & Elise Ashby

Residences page
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2022 / 12

artists in residence program

Clara Gari y Geert Vermeire

Residences page
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2023 / 02

Art collective


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2023 / 02

Art Director at Onírica Mecánica

Jesús Nieto

Residences page
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2023 / 03

artist, singer and educator

Chari Cámara

Residences page
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2023 / 05

artist, drawer and runner

Verónica Perales

Residences page


An Art Practice
with the Land

Creating with Nature, an original proposal by Fred Adam

A creative journey inspired by Oika*

Oika initiated by the ecologist Rich Blundell in the US, is a Science & Arts with Nature project. Oika redifines the meaning of the greek term Oἶκος (owning the land), as belonging to the land. Oika Spain coordinated by Fred Adam, is a proposal to apply the Oika concepts and practices in Spain.

Feather's Stories

exhibition at the hut in Januray 2023

listen to the audio on the map

This little exhibition features a selection of feathers people brought to the collection of feathers at hut, memories of a special encounter. The name of the person and the name of the birds are written with chalk along with a QR code to listen to the stories told by the protagonists, stories of love for Nature.

Naturalpha project

A serie of infographics with a snapshot in time of the local biodiversity embedded into the Alpha channel of the image.


Earth Stories

A serie of short spontaneous narratives reflecting a moment of immersion in Nature.


E.I NFT ecological intelligence
in the Blockchain

E.I NFT ecological intelligence in the Blockchain is a serie of gif animated by ecological parameters from Nature like the preservation of the specie, behaviours, visual aspect, mobility, climate and resilience.


whispering the wetland

  • Susurrando el Humedal

    instalaciones audiovisuales

As a bird watcher, i enjoyed several hours of contemplation of nature with other people. I really love how silence and whispering are the way we communicate to each other with awe. Whispering the wetland is becoming an art practice and project where i whisper to other beings and the water, my admiration and love for nature. In this serie of artworks i capture and project a moment of deep intimacy with the wetland in the space, where the wind and the air write the words of a sacred dialogue.




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Oika Spain Newsletter

We organize regular events at the wetland's wooden hut. If you want to know more about the wetland, we invite you to discover the Matruca yearly Stay tuned by joining the newletter!


Environmental regeneration from the Art practice
This project leaded by Fred Adam is counting with the colaboration of the oika.com american project, the city of Catral and the environmental association AHSA .