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).
Deus Digitalis also featured in 10 online exhibitions on the Rhizome Artbase.


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.


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.


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 or sample player. Preferably a space without reverberation.


Jean Delouvroy

Jean Delouvroy is an independent composer based in Brussels. His instruments are guitar, piano and electronics. The output of his work can be found in various [short] films, installations and audiovisual live performances. He composes soundscapes-soundtracks-experimental-drone-dark ambient-piano-guitar-electronics-psychedelic-abstract & contemporary music.
He won the 'Leo award' at the Braunschweig Int. Film Festival 2004 for best combination music/visuals for the German short film Sound Miniature#1 directed by Johannes Braun.
In the 80s he was a member of the heavy metal band Purple Haze. Afterwards he worked as an arranger for the Belgian radio television jazz orchestra and studied musical composition at the Royal Music Conservatory in Ghent.
Screenings and performances of his work took place at Venice Biennale, Film Fest Dresden, Flemish Opera, Milano Film Festival, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Int Film Festival Ghent,...

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

Hans Verhaegen

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. Short pieces of computer code produce animations that generate prints and videos. These experiments with shapes and colours seem to float 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 -