Labyrinth of a Life was an interactive exhibit held for 2 nights on 26th-27th of April. The free event that took place at University of Lincoln’s Project Space Plus, was imagined and created by Level 2 students from the theme ‘Maze’.
Based on the imagined story of Karl Robbins, a 67-year-old man who falls into a coma and is taken to hospital, the audience was invited to enter Karl’s mind, going on a journey to explore his life and the wide palette of emotions triggered by the various memories.
As the public navigated through the maze of Karl’s thoughts, they physically moved through a large maze devised by the students and built by LPAC’s technical staff. They were accompanied by original music and sound composed by the students and were brought into different spaces including a dark room with a worrying sound track coming from two separate land line phones devised by Joe Dickinson and Lewis Haynes, a light space with dancers against a backdrop of a slow-motion video and an optimistic yet thoughtful composition by Cameron Brown, a contemporary electronic DJ set conceived by Sam Swannack and mixed by Alex Kent, a 1970s bar with live performances by Heather Nichols and Anneli Tiirik and two films created by the students.
Composer Lewis Haynes imagined a short 3 minute film using extracts of different compositions to illustrate the process of the show, from its conception to its completion:
The level two students not only created a show but also learned the administrative implications of putting on such an event including budgeting, marketing and working towards a deadline.
Some of the issues explored related to mental illness, in particular schizophrenia and depression, leading the students to support the charity MIND to raise awareness of these everyday struggles.
The show was a success, eliciting curiosity and positive comments from the audience.
We look forward to next year’s show with a completely new concept!