MY SPECTRUM HEART - Projection Installation (2019) 

A projection artwork I made for the 11th Hour Festival, King's Lynn, Norfolk and

presented 'for one night only', 11th October 2019 in the cellar of Bank House, King's Staithe Square, King's Lynn.

'My Spectrum Heart' follows my previous experiments with minimal volumetric projection.

Splitting a single projector's red, green & blue channels via mirrors, these layers reform on 3 semi-transparent screens, parallel in space.

Based on water flows I'd filmed (from single drips to waterfalls) this installation accompanied my building projection, 'ascension'

presented on Custom House across the square. I designed both to resonate upon the same themes, spiritual , spectacle and symbolic.


1x Projector & USB media player - 2x Mirrors, 1x Smoke Machine - 3x Muslin Screens 2.5m length - 3x Overflow Pipes (White 21.5mm x 3m)

My work was accompanied by Laica's (David Fleet) 6 speaker immersive audio installation 'Final Tide'.

ASCENSION - Building Projection (2019) 

A building projection artwork I made for the 11th Hour Festival, King's Lynn, Norfolk and

presented on the 11th October 2019 on the Custom House, Bridge St, King's Lynn.

My first experiment in public building projection. I filmed the 'ascension' footage travelling between Norfolk to Norway

and composed the music utilising samples of the local Norfolk coastline.

11thHour Festival website:

Above: Ascension projected on Custom House, King's Lynn

Below: Ascension (the video projected onto building as above)

Voyager - View of Pergola 2

Voyager - View of Pergola 2

Photo by Matthew Usher

Voyager - Pergola 2 with Interaction

Voyager - Pergola 2 with Interaction

Photo by Matthew Usher

Voyager - Route "Under the Tower"

Voyager - Route "Under the Tower"

Photo by Matthew Usher

Voyager - Volumetric Projection

Voyager - Volumetric Projection

Photo by Matthew Usher

Voyager - Visitors "Under the Tower"

Voyager - Visitors "Under the Tower"

Photo by Matthew Usher

Voyager - Volumetric Projection

Voyager - Volumetric Projection

Photo by Matthew Usher

Voyager - Under the Tower

Voyager - Under the Tower

Photo by Matthew Usher

Voyager - Archive detail projected

Voyager - Archive detail projected

Photo by Matthew Usher

VOYAGER - Art Installation

'Voyager' was a spatial narrative concerning 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 cross disciplinary collaboration with programmer/designer Pete Cleary and amateur journalist/historian Beatrice Bray.

Voyager was 1 of 4  projection projects selected for the Collusion King's Lynn R&D challenge presented over the weekend of 29th Sept-1st Oct 2017, for one weekend only.

Please see a documentary I shot/directed of the scheme, in the 'documentary' tab above.


The films/audio 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, hexagonal poem I wrote, structured as palindrome verses.

I filmed & photographed the source material / footage locally in King's Lynn, around the Greyfriars site. The majority I filmed in the

King's Lynn Town Hall Archives with the kind support and assistance of Luke Shackell, the Borough Archivist.

Collusion King's Lynn website:

Still Photographs by Matthew Usher

Archive Photography,  Films & Music, R&D Story 'poem' & Audio: Gavin Toomey

R&D, Programming & After Effects design / Tower VFX animations: Pete Cleary

R&D, Historical / Archival: Beatrice Bray

Voyager 'Voice': Gavin Toomey and Jenny Dowdell

Many thanks to Luke Shackell, the Borough Archivist.


in_collusion is a not-for-profit programme 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.

VOYAGER - Trailer

Shot, Directed & Audio by Gavin Toomey

Trailer released as a teaser for the art projection installation 

VOYAGER - Pergola "Verse" Films 1 & 2 (2017)

Shot, directed & audio/music by Gavin Toomey

Interactive elements designed and programmed by Pete Cleary were later overlayed in real time over film 2 (not shown here), to incorporate the visiting audience's "depth map" silhouette into the central hexagon, Voyager's eye. This interaction was then reflected in the audience's 'data' being absorbed, triggering animations by Pete onto the main tower.


Filmed, directed & music by Gavin Toomey



Filmed, directed/produced & music by Gavin Toomey  

Cast: Keaton Makki & Amanda Lara Kay








This is a clip (from DVD) of one of the films I made to accompany my live music performances as "Vessel" circa 2003-04.

This sequence was created with the kind assistance of Inferno artist John Sharp.
Original track on my album 'Vessel - Dreaming in Pairs" (2002)







Filmed, directed & music by Gavin Toomey

Styled & Executive Produced by Finchittida


Camera/edit/music: Gavin Toomey






Carrier / Source (1995)

Created on a Quantel "Henry" system in 'downtime' when I was a runner at Framestore. Raw Dub from original VHS.







Filmed, directed & audio by Gavin Toomey


An experimental promo utilising vintage analogue tube cameras. All effects are live 'in camera' utilising screwdrivers... 

Directed & Produced by Gavin Toomey  

Cinematography by Tom Debenham

The musical artists remain anonymous. My use with their kind permission.







Performance: Esther Stanford

FIlmed, directed & music by Gavin Toomey

 A 'fugue' narrative exploration with actor Esther Stanford

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