With forty years of experience, the performing arts company La Fura dels Baus promotes the Èpica Foundation with the aim of leaving a legacy to subsequent generations, thus creating a center for experimentation and learning. Èpica is a space of knowledge transfer where, as in La Fura’s shows, all disciplines dialogue and interact based on a common goal. The hybridization between art, science and technology, the sum of talent and collective creation are the bases of its methodology, to which a social part must be added. Exploiting the possibilities of El Manresà, the neighborhood where the Foundation is located, and working with individuals at risk of exclusion to give them new tools and skills, are a fundamental part of Èpica’s principles.

La Fura dels Baus’ founding members are Miquel Badosa, Pep Gatell, Jurgen Müller, Àlex Ollé, Carles Padrissa and Pera Tantiñá.

Foundation team

Èpica Foundation’s team is the active staff of the center; all those people who manage the projects, workshops and activities of the Foundation in all its aspects to ensure their success.

PEP GATELL, president and artistic director.

FRAN IGLESIAS, manager and international relations.

NADALA FERNÁNDEZ, production and institutional relations.

PEDRO LORENTE, technology and network engineering.

RAMON TARÉS, technical chief.

HELENA MARTÍ, deputy secretary.

ARIADNA JOBANI, design and communication.

Council of Sages

The Foundation also relies on a Council of Sages, which ensures that the concepts and activities carried out by Èpica are aligned with the future of society. The Council is formed entirely by:

ANNA ALCANTUD, sociologist with more than 20 years of experience in evaluating public policies, citizenship, urban sustainability, energy efficiency and smart cities.

BARTOMEU ALORDA, Telecommunications Engineer and Professor Contracted Doctor of the Department of Physics of the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB). PhD in Physics from the UIB. Member of the group of Electronic Systems and Collaborator of the group of Architectural Constructions and construction engineering.

ANDONI LUIS ADURIZ, one of the most influential chefs of our time, owner of the Mugaritz restaurant in Errenteria (Guipúzcoa), internationally recognized as one of the best in the world.

JOSEP CASANOVAS, director and founder of inLab FIB. His main research areas are modeling and simulation, social simulation, Internet and information systems. He is currently the co-director of LogiSim (Logistics Systems Simulation Center) and coordinates the Severo Ochoa Excellence Program at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC-CNS).

DANIEL FERNÁNDEZ, Director of Edhasa, President of the Federation of Publishers Guilds of Spain (FGEE) and the Association of Book Chambers in Spain.

SERGI FIGUEROLA, director of technology and innovation at i2CAT and in charge of the different research areas, the innovation business units and the software engineering group.

LLUÍS FUENTIMILLA, cognitive neuroscientist and associate professor at the University of Barcelona. Researcher of the Group of Cognition and Cerebral Plasticity of the UB, of the Biomedical Research Institute of Bellvitge (IDIBELL) and of UB’s Institute of Neuroscience.

VICENTE GUALLART, architect in chief of the city of Barcelona and general director of Habitat Urbano 2011-2015. Guallart has been the founder of Guallart Architects and IAAC (Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia).

JOAN FRANCESC MARCO, cultural manager and former director of the Gran Teatre del Liceu and the National Institute of Performing Arts and Music (INAEM) where he was responsible for the theater and musical policy of the Ministry of Culture.

RAFA MONTILLA, creative director and executive producer for more than thirty years in advertising agencies and production companies. He has been awarded in Cannes, New York, Clio, El Sol, El ojo de Iberoamérica, and in 2015 he received the CdeC Honorific Award for his career.

PACO MORENO, Director of the Science and Technology Transfer area of the Botín Foundation. Founder of several companies specializing in business development services, competitive intelligence and knowledge management in the pharmaceutical sector and in the strategic evaluation of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology markets, management of pharmaceutical development projects and implementation of new technology platforms.

PILAR ORERO, full professor of the translation department of the UAB. She is the deputy director of the Center for Environmental Intelligence of Catalonia CAiAC at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Directs the European Master in Audiovisual Translation. It has more than 100 specialized publications in the field of audiovisual translation and accessibility to the media.

JOSEP MARÍA PIQUÉ, expert in management of non-profit organizations. Executive President of La Salle Technova Barcelona and international president of the International Association of Science Parks and Innovation Areas (IASP).

TERESA RIERA, Member of the European Parliament since 2004, was Deputy in the Parliament of the Balearic Islands and Councilor of the Council of Mallorca from 1989 to 1996. Deputy to the Congress of Deputies from 1996 to 2004.

MARTI SABALLS, journalist and expert in financial information, he has worked in media such as Actualidad Económica, Expansión, of which he is deputy director, or El Cronista, being a correspondent in cities such as New York, Lisbon or Buenos Aires.

FRANCESC SUBIRADA, Director of the Citizens Knowledge Initiative of the UPF and former General Director of Research of the Generalitat de Catalunya.

DARIA TATAJ, advisor to the European Innovation Commission, manager of Tataj Innovation and expert in global innovation networks. Daria Tataj helps governments and companies to innovate better and faster.

FERNANDO VILARIÑO, deputy director of the Computer Vision Center, professor at the School of Engineering and president of the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL).

YOLANCRIS, Sabadell-based designer Yolanda Pérez triumphs beyond our borders with the hippie style of the wedding and party outfits of this firm, which has attracted the interest of celebrities such as Shakira and Beyoncé, and triumphs in Great Britain, Italy, the United States or Japan.

Collaborating experts

For its workshops and activities, the Èpica Foundation relies on all kinds of experts, companies and centers with which it establishes collaborations when carrying out common projects. So far, we have worked with:

ÅRHUS PRODUKTIONSSKOLE, Danish production school that offers a formation based on practical work. Its educational offer is aimed at young people under 25 years of age who, after having completed compulsory education, need guidance for labor market and advanced academic training. Its workshops are based on a personalized formation, where students receive a positive reinforcement in an inclusive learning environment that enhances their skills.

ARTS COUNCIL MALTA, which aims to promote artistic activities in the country through the development of knowledge, skills and competencies that allow citizens to engage in creative activities, also collaborating with other sectors and creating jobs related to the artistic field.

BADALONA SERVEIS ASSISTENCIALS, public organization that provides comprehensive health services and care for dependence in the population of Barcelonès Nord and Baix Maresme, in order to promote, maintain and restore individual and community health and promote the citizen’s well-being.

BAU, University Center of Design of Barcelona. Its purpose is to form contemporary, critical, creative and open designers, trained to understand social, cultural and economic changes, and committed to sustainable development to respond to the changing needs of society. The educational model of BAU provides a humanistic, cultural, artistic, technical and methodological training and is characterized by being a current education, connected with the professional world.

CVC, Computer Vision Center. Non-profit institution leader in research and development in its field. Its purpose is to carry out excellent research by generating quality knowledge and the transfer of technology to society, offering, at the same time, added value to companies. It is made up of more than 130 researchers and specialists from around the world.

UAB PHILOSOPHY DEPARTMENT, academic unit of recognized prestige in the national and international scope. Throughout its operation, it has been characterized by promoting an active work of research and teaching; always putting special emphasis on reflection on the fundamental problems facing our current society. It is a unit where interdisciplinary work is developed, oriented towards reflection and understanding of the human being and his culture.

COMPUTER SCIENCE SCHOOL OF BARCELONA (FIB-UPC), pioneering faculty in university-level computing in Spain that has led the progress in Catalonia in this field since 1977. Its contribution to society can be clearly seen by the number of high-level professionals it has produced, which are required by organizations seeking innovation and progress.

LA FORTERESSE, artistic creation platform located in Brussels. La FORTeRESse is a non-profit association that creates and distributes artistic and educational projects in various fields of art and culture. It welcomes the work of theater, music, audiovisual and visual arts artists, always pursuing training and research as objectives.

IDIBELL, Biomedical Research Institute of Bellvitge. Center of research in biomedicine with a research focus is cancer, neurosciences and translational medicine; research, innovation and society are the pivots on which IDIBELL works to improve the quality of life of citizens.

IN2UB, Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology of the University of Barcelona. IN2UB aims to promote the relationship between researchers and companies interested in the different applications of nanotechnologies, promoting joint projects aimed at meeting the technological demand of the business sector.

KAOSPILOT, Danish school of business and design that offers a multidisciplinary education in leadership and entrepreneurship. Their teaching programs are not designed simply to train students to adapt to the future, but to help them create it. They provide a space and a place where creatives can develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes and competencies they need to fulfill their values and visions. Its goal is to build the frameworks within which creative minds can become creative leaders.

MUGARITZ, Located in Rentería (Guipúzcoa), is considered one of the best restaurants in the world. Its Research and Development department specializes in innovation and gastronomic creativity, discovering new universes within the culinary world and working with unusual procedures and materials to achieve results that turn tastings into experiences and processes into true alchemical tests.

STARLAB, the main work areas of which are in the sectors of Space and Neuroscience, two key areas for the XXI century with a common element: the increasing availability of information flows. They provide technical solutions, products and services for governments, industry and downstream markets. And they create spinoffs as Neuroelectrics. 

TATAJ INNOVATION, strategy company for innovation communities that, in the business world, works to trigger exponential growth through Network Thinking. They work with networks and communities, multinational companies, venture capital financing companies and medium-sized companies, cities, regions, national funding agencies, universities and private equity research laboratories.

Collaborating companies

To make its workshops, projects and activities possible, the Èpica Foundation relies on the collaboration of:

ANIGAMI, company specializing in vertical works awarded by the Government of Catalonia and the Barcelona Provincial Council for its innovative nature and respect for the environment, Anigami Adventure is a service company of the XXI century, an advanced project on the symbiosis between people and nature, leisure and emotions: human experiences in the natural environment.

LA CAPSA DE TRONS, company of integral services of sound, audio-visual, lighting, musical theater, megaphones and installations for all types of shows and events.

CLIMA EVENTS, a company specialized in air conditioning and ambientation for events. With many years of experience in the sector, it makes all kinds of temporary air conditioning and ambience facilities to ensure the success of each event.

CUATRECASAS, a law firm with presence in 12 countries, with a strong presence in Spain, Portugal and Latin America and experience in all areas of business law.

D-TÈCNICA, technical office applied to cultural industries that offers a comprehensive and multidisciplinary high-level service, helping to outsource without lowering quality and optimizing investments and costs.

EASD PAU GARGALLO, School of Superior Art and Design. The foundation of the school is to initiate the student in the knowledge of art, design and image. At its core we find a coexistence between art and design, with a formative offer that goes from the modality of arts of the baccalaureate, happening through diverse Formative Cycles of Superior Degree of Plastic Arts and Design until Superior Studies equivalent to all the effects to the university degrees, specialized in the field of graphic design.

IGLOR, company of advanced audiovisual solutions that considers technology a common language to develop tailored technological solutions, be it audiovisual projects, events or local networks.

O ESTUDIO CREATIVO. O is a creative studio that represents directors, photographers and creative directors. They produce independent projects and commercial jobs for agencies and clients around the world.

TEMPUS FUGIT PRODUCCIONES, company dedicated to the realization of theatrical shows, audiovisual productions, exhibitions, small and large format events, congresses, presentations and press conferences.