The Intergalactic Hanseatic League // 2021 - Collusion

The Intergalactic Hanseatic League // 2021

01 – 31 OCTOBER 2021 // The Intergalactic Hanseatic League is a sci-fi, time-travel adventure that took place across King’s Lynn town centre and online at the-ihl.com. It’s part of Collusion’s GAME ON series of climate change themed projects exploring King’s Lynn as a centre for town-scale projection based artworks.

For full details about the project visit the project website.


The Intergalactic Hanseatic League // 2021

The IHL are a crew of three time travelers from 2225 – the Captain (played by Game of Thrones & Tinsel Town actress Kate Dickie), the Navigator, and the Computer who are urgently attempting to contact the people of King’s Lynn in 2021. In the 23rd century, ‘Earthport Lynn’, as it’s known, is a thriving, bustling spaceport as well as a culturally important holiday destination for intergalactic tourists.  A pivotal historical event in late 2021 called the MINDSHIFT changed the course of history – averting the climate crisis and leading to a thriving, happy planet and remarkable advances in time and space travel.  But, there’s been a glitch in spacetime. The IHL must fix it – if they don’t, the MINDSHIFT won’t happen, plunging Earth into an alternative future of climate chaos. That’s why they’re here: to find out what went right in Lynn 2021, so that they can save their future – and ours.

Mysterious TRANSMISSIONS from the crew of the IHL Discovery are appearing in King’s Lynn’s cinemas, shops and on social media. After dark, visitors can visit the IHL PORTALS to see more of the IHL’s story projected onto five historic buildings. At Greyfriars Tower, play the MESSAGE IN A SHUTTLE game to send messages into ‘space’ written by the town’s primary school children, then interact with the INTERGALACTIC SYNTHESIZER on the pergolas.

Throughout the project, the AGENTS OF CHANGE exhibition in the Old Argos windows shares the artwork of the 570 children who became Agents of Change for the project, with their designs addressing sustainable future living. You too can become an AGENT OF CHANGE – create your own designs for the future using our Resource kit and share you ideas with us on social media. And you can respond to the IHL challenge on Tiktok!

The IHL project has been in development for about 18 months, produced by Collusion with a team of 23  artists and creatives led by Director Gavin Toomey, plus  creative support 580 primary aged children and over 250 College of West Anglia students. We also had help from 22 local partners including the town’s museums, cinemas, arts organisations and even a shopping centre! Funding for the project came from the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, Arts Council England, the New Anglia LEP, Discover King’s Lynn, Norfolk County Council, the Audrey Muriel Stratford Trust and PEACH West Norfolk. See the full list of people and partners involved by viewing the Artists, Associates and Partners sections below.

Artists

Producers

Rachel Drury & Rich Hall, Producers

Liam Roberts, Associate Producer

Savannah Andrews & Jacob Barry, Assistant Producers


Core Creative Team

Gavin Toomey, Director, Co-writer and Filmmaker

Karen Eng, Co-writer and Communications Lead

Dan Silverstone, Lead Visual Artist

Michelle Brace, Engagement Coordinator & Datalog creator

Alex Johansson, Gaming & Engagement Artist – Tower game

Katy Marshall, Gaming & Engagement Artist – Tower game foot pedals


Actors

Kate Dickie, The Captain

Kahmal Sealey, The Navigator

Kat Kumar, The Ship’s Computer


Music, Film & Photography

CLIP, Composers

Gavin Toomey, Director, Co-writer and Filmmaker

Dan Silverstone, Lead Visual Artist

Reeta Varpama, Film Editor

Matthew Usher Photography, Photography and Eastgate film footage

Up Next Studios, Hampshire Green Screen Studio, Green Screen Studio Facilities


Additional Design & Production

Slade Design, Additional design (Datalogs, Vinyls, Site posters, YLP)

Sunny Luckhoo, Costume Design

Smelly Cat Creations, Greyfriars Production Artist


Agents of Change content creators

The Children of: Eastgate Academy, Greenpark Academy, Whitefriars Academy and Gayton Brownies

Students at The Workshop

Students at the College of West Anglia, Co-creators and User Experience Testing


Projection Sites

The Customs House, Alive Corn Exchange, St Nicholas’ Chapel, King’s Lynn MinsterGreyfriars Tower & Gardens


Hosts of High Street TV Screens

Hughes, Prontaprint, Jark Recruitment, Nice & Tasty Patisserie, Walkers News


Associates

  • Stories of Lynn

  • College of West Anglia

  • The Workshop King's Lynn

  • Hughes King's Lynn

  • Majestic Cinema

  • King's Lynn Corn Exchange

  • Prontaprint

  • Vancouver Quarter

Partners

  • BCKLWN
  • Arts Council England
  • New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership
  • Discover King's Lynn
  • Norfolk County Council
  • Audrey Muriel Stratford Trust