June 29, 2022

GraphCAT collaborates with Fundación Epica La Fura dels Baus in a laboratory of art and science

  • ICFO and ICN2 scientists dialogue with Fundación Épica about how graphene may impact the future of society

  • GraphCAT collaborates in La Fura dels Baus’s new project “Survival vs Resilience” aiming to address scientific challenges through the performing arts


GraphCAT, the graphene community of Catalonia, aims to act as a hub for graphene and graphene-based technologies and innovation in Europe. Within this mission members of the GraphCAT community are working to disseminate the impact of graphene-based innovations in Catalonia and to illustrate the potential of Graphene and 2D materials to have a positive effect on society through new applications and technologies.

GraphCAT has embarked on a collaboration with Fundación Epica La Fura dels Baus, a center that unites learning and experience derived from 40 years of creative work in Anticipatory Arts. Pep Gatell, president of the Fundación Épica La Fura dels Baus and artistic director of La Fura dels Baus, comments that science “molds the future, trying to change it by contributing its knowledge”. He further explained in a recent press conference that the Fundación Épica La Fura dels Baus has been working for five years through anticipatory arts, creating false realities of possible or probable futures. “We must be in constant contact with research centers that go hand in hand with science and technology: art cannot be left out of the equation, and we want to create a center for basic research in advanced arts.”

Through a series of “Diálogos Épicos”, researchers from CERCA centers ICFO and ICN2, both members of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology and partners in the GraphCAT community, converse with Pep Gatell and Nadala Fernández from Fundación Epica La Fura dels Baus. In these informal discussions, they examine the creative processes and graphene-based advances.


Diálogos Épicos with Dr Damià Viana, PhD from ICN2 and Neurotechnology Engineer at INBRAIN.


Diálogos Épicos with Lorenzo Orsini, PhD student at ICFO


The GraphCAT community is excited to participate in this unique collaboration with the Fundación Épica La Fura dels Baus which offers a new channel and method for explaining what we do: not only making an emphasis on scientific innovation but also on how it is communicated.

These dialogues create the framework for collaboration in the new project with Fundación Epica La Fura dels Baus on “Survival vs Resilience”. This activity, which will take place from July 11th to 24th, aims to address scientific challenges proposed by research groups through the performing arts.