Deus Digitalis

So I actually find this piece online media art really awesome and interesting. Usually I shrug off Flash-player-made online art as being designed by programmers, not having much meaning, etc. But not this time. Deus Digitalis, an audiovisual installation, by Hans Verhaegen and Jean Delouvroy is not only fun to watch, but also has a good deal of thought and meaning behind it.

The animation made from the old school version of Flash at first may appear to be one of those old screen-savers or graphics from a 1980s video game. But upon looking closer at these highly recognizable patterns and standard computer graphics colors, you see that the moving figures are actually symmetrically arranged people in groups of 25. The project seems to explore the symmetry of human motion and how motion in itself can create art.

Further, the artists got their inspiration from visiting a cathedral in Germany, and sought to recreate stained glass colors and patterns in the realm of new media. The fusion of old gothic art with that of new media presents the viewer with something novel. I surely have never seen moving and interactive stained glass before. In this case, I believe that the creation of internet art was effective and original.

Beyond the purely aesthetic or entertaining, these artists put much thought into the inspiration for their patterns and the symmetry behind them.


About kbless

From the 410, but spending the next 3 years in a lovely little town called Chapel Hill. Love a mix of the fun and the intellectually stimulating.
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2 Responses to Deus Digitalis

  1. a.ealib says:

    This was very interesting to view. Even though it gave me a headache and it was difficult to focus one part of the image due to the constant variations of the little squares of what seem to be jumping people. I can definitely see the German Cathedral inspiration undoubtedly I have never seen stain glass that exciting.

  2. Cody Whyland says:

    You can see this work “live” in Southend-on-Sea (UK) until October 24th. See information about this:

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