Spot Saint Paul

Spot saint paul How to show the link between the cartoon and the tapestry ? How can we share that relation with visitors ?We propose an immersive experience into the martyrdom of Saint Paul.


Don’t be afraid of darkness just come in and lets be “converted” !

Light spots in the museum room – all in darkness – on the cartoon and the tapestry in order to focus attention on some details. The experience will be highlighted by hearing and touching.

Enter a room, all in the dark and sweetly, lights zoom on details of the cartoon and the tapestry. Ten stops sweep the representation and highlight details of it, until the ultimate climax: Saint Paul’s decapitation. In the same time, contemporary music and sounds complete this 5 minutes’ immersive experience.

Step 1: enter the dark room, you may take a sit on the pillars or stay up

Step 2: a light turns on and focus on 10 successive details in the cartoon and in the tapestry. Sounds are triggered in the same time. 5 minutes of experience.

Step 3: take a postcard to get a souvenir and try to find the details of your postcard in the cartoon and in the tapestry.


Intentions & Processes

We propose an immersive experience into the martyrdom of Saint Paul.

The martyrdom of Saint Paul is an unavoidable theme in the 16th art. The Brussels Museums presents 2 wonderful artworks : a cartoon, made by Pieter Coecke around 1530 and a tapestry inspired by the cartoon and made in the 17th century. 100 years later, historical context and taste changed… as well as the representation. What about looking for differences and similarities? A good way to watch more carefully all the details of the image.

Don’t be afraid of darkness, just come in and lets be “converted” !

This project is an opportunity to take your time and enjoy. Maybe you’d like to let your shoes outside the room (WE FINALLY DECIDED NOT TO) or sit on one of the pillars on the floor. Anyway, once the lights turned off, take a flash light and explore the tapestry by yourself.

The prototype is conceived for: 5 minutes long and it restarts every 10 minutes. For the afternoon, we decided to restart only twice per hour so we’ll have time to discuss with the visitors and answer questions.

After the experience, you can choose a postcard. We prepared 4 of them, with corresponding details of the cartoon and the tapestry. Look at your detail and try to find it in the artworks!


  • 2 lampes poche
  • 4 Cerveaux moteurs HS4222
  • 10 tasseaux de bois
  • 5 planches de bois
  • Vis et L en métal
  • 2 morceaux de tissu noir semi-opaque
  • Coussins et tapis
  • 10 lampes de poche
  • Enceintes
  • Imprimante 3D
  • 2 cartes SD
  • 1 interrupteur
  • 2 arduino duemile
  • 2 wave shields
  • 2 system pan & tilt
  • Chevalet
  • Panneau d’introduction
  • Agrafeuse


  • Mediation: Xavier Depauly
  • Design: Silvia Baldan
  • Communication: Aline Damoiseau
  • Content: Stefania Tagliaferri / Claire Lignereux
  • Programmation: Samy Rabih
  • Fabrication: Noémie Verstraete
  • Facilitation: Eléonore Duchêne