Collusion - King's Lynn

On Friday 29th September 2017, for one weekend only, Collusion presented a one-off showcase of four exciting, experimental arts projects working with the projectors in King’s Lynn town centre. Here's what happened.

Self-Shooting Director / Producer & Editor: Gavin Toomey

            Collusion Team:  Simon Poulter, Rachel Drury
                   Clare Green, Rich Hall, Marcus Romer, Lewis Anderson

Film production Company: Beautiful Train Ltd. 2017
Gavin Toomey directed/produced films and surround music for this experiment in volumetric projection / sound. It was part of a Collusion R&D challenge presented over the weekend of 29th Sept-1st Oct 2017, for one weekend only.
'Voyager' is a spatial narrative about an AI becoming sentient, based around, on and in Greyfriars Tower, a 13th century Franciscan Monastery in Kings Lynn, Norfolk. Gavin developed this concept over three Months as a collaboration with programmer/designer Pete Cleary and amateur journalist/historian Beatrice Bray.

Photographs by Matthew Usher
Voyager - Pergola Films
Film and Music/Audio by Gavin Toomey
Two films were created from footage Gavin filmed at the King's Lynn Town Hall Archives.
Interactive elements designed and programmed by Pete Cleary were later overlayed in real time over this film, to incorporate the visiting audience into the central hexagon, Voyager's eye, resonating with the tower's hexagonal structure.
This interaction was then reflected in the audience's 'data' being absorbed, triggering films - animated by Pete - onto the main tower.
The films led the audience on a circular story path to the Tower, with the narrative climaxing "Under the Tower" and an immersive, volumetric light projection using large smoke machines creating a hologram effect. The love story was based on a 6 line poem Gavin wrote, structured as palindrome verses.
Voyager "Voice": GToomey & Jenny Dowdell. Many thanks to Luke Shackell, King's Lynn Borough Archivist.
The in_collusion programme is supported by Arts Council England Ambition for Excellence fund, the Greater Cambridge, Greater Peterborough LEP, and tech partners, Arm and Cambridge Consultants. In addition, this project is supported by King's Lynn & West Norfolk Borough Council

Collusion - 1 minute 'Teaser' of the full film above

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