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 - 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: http://www.collusion.org.uk/kingslynn
Still Photographs by Matthew Usher http://www.matthewusherphotography.com
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)
SPIRIT WARRIOR (2016)
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.
INERTIA LOOPS VOL. 1
Performance: Esther Stanford
FIlmed, directed & music by Gavin Toomey
A 'fugue' narrative exploration with actor Esther Stanford