Ars Memorativa títol



Original title: Ars Memorativa
Original Language: Catalan
Subtitles: Spanish and english
Production year: 2018
Running time: 00:21:15 (21’ 15’’)
Aspect ratio: 16/9
Exhibition format: DCP




Bernal Planes, a university professor specialising in Ramon Llull, starts suffering the first symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.


Professor Bernat Planes teaches Medieval Literature at the university. He specialises in the work of Ramon Llull, with great vocation and concern about the transfer of knowledge. When he starts noticing the first symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, finds moral support from his editor friend. He also finds continuity for his work in a former student currently working on her PhD thesis.


It seems obvious that memory has been an important/essential tool in transferring knowledge. It is not a coincidence that in the Ancient Greece, Mnemosyne (Memory) was the mother of muses. Without Aedes’ memory, it would not have been possible to transmit epic poems such the Iliad and the Odyssey. Although the relationship between the two has not been immutable.

The advent of scripture started to modify that relation between the transfer of knowledge and memory, even more with the invention of printing. At the present time it seems memory has been replaced by data bases, useful and easily accessible by most of the population. Nevertheless, for a medieval literature professor, individual memory as a tool, still reminds very important. Therefore, it turns in a special severity and anxiety generated by a disease that affects directly that memory.


Professor Bernat Planes is the main character; He loves his job and is a very committed man to his teaching duty. He gets pleasure in transferring his knowledge to his students, therefore, when the first symptoms of the disease appear, he worries not just for his own lose of memory but for the continuity of his duty as a professor and researcher.

Professor Planes’ PhD student, Helena, working on her thesis, will be the generational counterpart that will carry on with professor’s research and teaching duty.

The editor, the professor’s wealthy friend, is the rational voice, reflexive and reassuring that acts as moral support for him.


Choosing Ramon Llull as the professor’s study context, the theme to his research, the lessons and Helena’s thesis theme, has not been coincidental.

The fact that Llull is an author prior to the invention of the printer, confers in him a direct link with memory.

Similarly, memory was an essential subject in his work, achieving an important role as a tool of metaphysic knowledge.

Finally, we need to remember the importance that knowledge transfer had throughout his life, which he achieved with the use of vulgar language in facilitating access of his writings to a wider audience. His project of creating monasteries for teaching languages also helped to facilitate this task.