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The Thinking Machine

Ramon Llull and the «ars combinatoria»

This exhibition explores the impact of the philosopher Ramon Llull (1232-1316) on the arts, literature, science and technology. This controversial man, admired and scorned by some of the most enlightened minds in European culture, has acquired a new importance in the current debate on the ways knowledge is shared with others. A topical figure today, he was also one of the leading lights in the intellectual circles of the late 13th century, in which Arab, Jewish and Christian philosophers and scientists alike participated.

Roger Manau

Roger Manau

Ramon Llull: return to reason

Soy Cámara online

The figure of Ramon Llull, now the focus of celebration on this anniversary, is visited in a film about his impact on contemporary artists and thinkers, coinciding with the CCCB’s exhibition about the man and his work. Llull continues to be largely unknown to us, and, despite insistent calls ...

"The Thinking Machine" Exhibition Report

This exhibition explores the impact of the philosopher Ramon Llull (1232-1316) on the arts, literature, science and technology. This controversial man, admired and scorned by some of the most enlightened minds in European culture, has acquired a new importance in the current debate on the ways ...

La rel de l’arbre és una roda

Perejaume

“The root of the tree is a wheel”, eight words that appear at the start of Ramon Llull’s book Principles of Medicine. The syntax of Llull’s entire body of work is truly forest-like, both in the repeated metaphor of the tree, with which he pictures the various areas of ...

Ramon Llull and Network Thinking

Anna Punsoda

What is the Arts Magna? What was the reach of Ramon Llull’s logical-conceptual system? What language did it speak? What world could be created on that basis? 

"Ramon Llull thought that all knowledge is networked”

Amador Vega, curator

Amador Vega, curator of the CCCB’s exhibition “The Thinking Machine” talks about the contemporaneity of Ramon Llull’s model of thinking. The show presents the works of creators influenced by the Mallorcan thinker such as Salvador Dalí, Perejaume, Tàpies, Oteiza,...

Llull the contemporary

Eva Rexach

Ramon Llull's thinking remains relevant today. Because, beyond his obsession with God, what he endeavoured to explain throughout his life (a new way of thinking) is still valid across many disciplines. That’s why, in order to gain a greater insight into Ramon Llull and his thinking, we have ...

Xcèntric screens: Geometric drift, Spiritual constructions and Love Torn in a Dream

Screenings to accompany The Thinking Machine. Ramon Llull and the «ars combinatoria»

Before artists worked with computers, a series of avant-garde painters such as Oskar Fischinger, Harry Smith and Jordan Belson created a form of non-narrative film that addressed geometry, the possibilities of mathematic combinations, and spirituality. After these visionaries, artists like John ...

The Thinking Machine

Ramon Llull and the "Ars combinatoria"

This exhibition explores the impact of the philosopher Ramon Llull (1232-1316) on the arts, literature, science and technology. This controversial man, admired and scorned by some of the most enlightened minds in European culture, has acquired a new importance in the current debate on the ways ...