Deus Digitalis by Hans Verhaegen & Jean Delouvroy

Deus Digitalis
An audiovisual installation

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Jean Delouvroy and Hans Verhaegen started there collaboration with the audiovisual installation ‘Deus Digitalis’ (2009). The basic elements consist of computer-steered animation of the recognizable distinctive human pattern by Hans Verhaegen and the inventive composed sound layers by Jean Delouvroy.

'Deus Digitalis' was first created and integrated in the characteristic context of the Orpheus Institute's concert hall in Ghent (Belgium) on November 12, 2009. In 2010 Deus Digitalis was exhibited for 'Small World Fair' at Metal in Southend (UK).

Visuals

The animation is based on a flash animation by Jared ‘Levitated’ Tarbell from 2001 and inspired by gothic glass windows. The computer continuously replaces the 81 groups of 25 Tetris-like people, group by group, and randomly chooses 5 of the 50 available dances for each group and arranges them symmetrically.

Music

The music consists of a 23 minute looped soundscape situated in a very low frequency range. This is the result of a complex manipulation via software of a self composed baroque fugue for a chorus. It could be interpreted as a group of giants singing in slowmotion with a endless breath like they are frozen in time. A layer of crackling sounds appears and disappears and triggers the visuals.

Installation

The work is meant to be adapted to the specific architectual characteristics of any location in situ. In Ghent it was projected on a large wall in a medium sized concert hall. In Southend the same work was fitted in a small square room. It can be projected on one or multiple screens or digital displays.

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Technical rider

A powerful laptop, a projector(s) or big digital screen(s).
A professional powerful audio system with 4 speakers (placed in a square), a small mixer (with Low, Mid, High Eq), a Cd player. Preferably a space without reverberation.

 

Jean Delouvroy
Music

Jean Delouvroy (°1967, Belgium) studied at the Royal Music Conservatory in Ghent (harmony, counterpoint, analysis, project contemporary music, jazz arranging & composition, electric guitar).
In 1988 he won the national jazz composing and arranging contest (Belgian Artistic Promotion Sabam). Afterwards he worked as arranger for the Belgian Radio Television Big Band, where also his interest in contemporary music was stimulated. Furthermore he makes use of electronics. He creates soundscapes by recycling his own acoustic material, mainly in cooperation with other art disciplines. He lives and works in Brussels.

Jean Delouvroy is a composer with a wide spectrum: contemporary classic music; drama, film & contemporary dance music; experimental electronics and soundscapes. He composed e.g.: Dark Room (2001) for the exhibition ‘Ici et maintenant’ (Thurn & Taxis, Brussels), the octofonic soundscape Buiten Beschouwd (2002) for an exhibition at the Flemish Opera Ghent, touch.same places (2002) for the choreographer Radek Hewelt, Stringquartet Nr. 1 (2003), the piano solo works Void Man (2005), Eisberge (2006) and Icarus’ Equilibrium (2008), the audiovisual live performance Teufelsberg (2004, Audiovisiva Milan/Filmfestival Milan) and an audiovisual installation for electronics and 12 projectors Der Regenbaum (2006, the 11, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam).

For the soundtrack of the short film Sound Miniature #1 he won the Leo award at the Braunschweig Filmfestival 2004.

Contact: jean(at)jeandelouvroy(dot)com - www.jeandelouvroy.com

Hans Verhaegen
Animation

Earlier work by Hans Verhaegen consists of figurative oil paintings, drawings, wall paintings and miniature collages but also posters, postcards, book covers and frontpages of imaginary magazines.

Recent work is characterized by Tetris-like human figures presented in clear grids or in complex abstract configurations. He works a lot with the computer. Short pieces of code produce animations that generate prints and videos. Experiments with shapes and colours somewhere between chaotic order and calculated intuition. The recurrent basic human form gives the animations and prints a very bright and often humorous tone but also betray a slightly darker vision on the human condition.

Hans Verhaegen (°1966, Ghent) studied graphical arts at the Royal Academy of Ghent (KASK) and Art History at the Free University of Brussels (VUB). Since 1994 he is invited regularly for group and solo exhibitions.

Contact: hans(at)hansup(dot)be - www.hansverhaegen.be