Deleuzabelli Variations2 was produced by ME21 at the Orpheus Institute (Ghent), in collaboration with the Royal Antwerp Conservatoire and HERMESensemble. In addition to the transcriptions written by Paulo de Assis, four composers were invited to write new variations, including musical comments, reflections or glosses. They are all researchers at the Orpheus Institute, affiliated to its research centre, or to the docARTES doctoral programme. Juan Parra Cancino (Chile) worked on electronically and computer-based comments on variations VIII (for guitar and live electronics) and XX (for bass flute, bass clarinet and live electronics). David Gorton (UK) wrote a set of three variations in replacement of variations XII (for flute, clarinet, viola and cello), XIII (for guitar, vibraphone and piano) and XIV (for flute, clarinet, guitar, viola, cello and piano). Bart Vanhecke (Belgium) composed a comment on variation XX (for flute, clarinet, percussion, viola, cello and piano). Paolo Galli (Italy) wrote a comment on the third part of the work, i.e., on the variations XXI to XVIII.
More than simple commissions these compositions are part of a collaborative endeavor that was build on a series of team meetings involving the core team of ME21, all the musicians of HERMESensemble, and the five composers. Additionally, the video artists Thomas Heiber and Gerhard Schabel (Germany) prepared a video installation placed outside the concert hall, as well as a documentary and a film on the whole process.