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Science Friction

Living Among Companion Species

Is it possible to imagine other earthly stories? Can we conceive of other ways of living among different species? This exhibition explores these issues with the help of a selection of works of art and popular science. It proposes a change of mentality and sensitivity that questions the supremacy of the human species, opting for a view of the world understood as an ecosystem where all the planet’s species coexist.

Frictions in Reality

Elisabet Roselló

A reflection on the meaning of what is plausible in times of climate change and technological acceleration.

Marta Segarra and Gerard Ortín

Humanimal Encounters

Marta Segarra talks about language as a supposed border between human and non-human animals and dialogues with the artist Gerard Ortín about the fascination caused by its hybridization and how it manifests itself in the arts and sciences.

Pierre Charbonnier and Ester Jordana

An Ecological Transformation of Ideas

The philosopher Pierre Charbonnier talks about how political thinking has been based on an extractivist view of nature , and he dialogues with professor Ester Jordana about a new ecology of political ideas.

Estelle Zhong Mengual and Mariona Moncunill

Learning to See

The art historian Estelle Zhong Mengual speaks about how the living world is omnipresent in our culture and yet absolutely absent from it and, with the artist aMariona Moncunill, discusses the fact that perceiving it as a decoration, a symbol, or support for our emotions are ways of not seeing it.

Margaret McFall-Ngai, Ricard Guerrero and Carme Puche

The Legacy of Lynn Margulis

Ten years after the death of  biologyst Lynn Margulis, we talk about what advances have been made in the study of symbiosis and what questions remain to be answered about the origin of life and the symbiotic relationships among organisms.

The Movement for the Rights of Nature (2021), Jaime Serra

The movement for the rights of nature – whose origins can be traced back, at least, to the middle of the 20th century – has gained momentum over the last decade, particularly since the approval of the Constitution of Ecuador in 2008: the first legal text to take a biocentric approach and recognise non-human life forms as legal subjects.

"Camille & Ulysse", by Diana Toucedo

The philosophers Vinciane Despret and Donna Haraway join their voices in two fables that each of them had previously written: “The Camille Stories” in Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene, 2016 and Autobiographie d’un poulpe, Actes Sud, 2021. These stories raise the question about how we live together with absences ...

Thinking Like an Octopus

Maria Ptqk

Several artists in the "Science Friction" exhibition tell us about their relationship with scientific knowledge and how they incorporate it into their creative strategies. Their voices, alongside other reference points in the exhibition, open up possible paths on the long journey of interaction between species.

Time-Life-Time (2021), Jaime Serra


The installation Time-Life-Time by the artist Jaime Serra, produced by the CCCB for “Science Friction” exhibition, brings a historical perspective to the rise of biocentric thinking throughout the 20th century with a selection of key works, people, organizations and events. © CCCB, 2021 La Fotogràfica

Maria Ptqk: "Science Friction is between the art exibhition and a science museum"

Curator Maria Ptqk presents the creative, artistic universe of the exhibition “Science Friction”, a journey through works of art and science that proposes a change of mentality and sensitivity in inter-species relationships. With “Science Friction”, you’ll discover a view of the world as an ecosystem where all the planet’s species coexist. Because humans are no longer the centre.


Maria Arnal, María Sánchez, Irene Solà

A story of fish and nature, of drought and reservoirs, of stones and voices, based on the words of Donna Haraway.

Donna Haraway and Vinciane Despret

Companion Species

On the occasion of the inauguration of the exhibition “Science Friction” and the screening of the audiovisual piece Camille & Ulysse, by Diana Toucedo, the philosophers Donna Haraway and Vinciane Despret will speak about how to construct stories that weave new alliances between humans and the rest of the living species in a planet headed for an uncertain future.