Ramon Llull (1232-1315) was a controversial philosopher, logician, writer and religious convert who created an innovative debating and reasoning tool called the ars combinatoria. He is heralded by some as the founder of modern computing, who claim that his system of logic was the beginning of information science. The ars combinatoria was a paper machine made of concentric circles that rotated and, in doing so, combined symbols, which represented universal ‘truths’ about the world. His concept of reality was, therefore, formed by combining ideas from across all the knowledge fields of his day, including philosophy, theology, science, politics, astronomy, medicine and law. The use of this mechanism, and its aim to unify the various branches of knowledge, was intended to create peace between religions by means of deduction, demonstration and dialogue. His way of thinking has gained a new relevance today, and this exhibition combines historical documentation with pieces from more recent artists who have been inspired by his work.
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