Life @ St-Martin-in-the-Fields Review

In our fast paced, non stop concrete world, it can often feel impossible to take a few moments to just stop what you’re doing, and live in the present moment – taking in the beauty of the natural world around us – of which we ourselves are apart of but far removed from. Inviting us to take a much needed pause, Luxmuralis’ video projected exhibition LIFE takes over the medieval confines of St-Martin-in-the-Field – an ASMR experience I’m hoping returns to the venue soon!

Starting on the courtyard of the church, projections beam across buildings as we queue to get into the premises – setting the tone for those ready to take on the experience, whilst causing intrigue from passersby fascinated by what they’re missing out on. Mesmeric patterns gradually fostering a feeling of calm – references to Balinese shadow puppetry, kaleidoscopic geometric motifs, ancient Egyptian references, astrological images, William Morris inspired floral designs both the exterior and interior of the exhibition all stunning editions that inspire the imagination.

A short video projected film screened in the main part of the church takes us even further into a safe haven of calm – Erasmus Darwin’s significant literary work Zoonomia; or the Laws of Organic Life (1794-96) the core of a virtual tour of the naturalistic world that makes one appreciative of the interdependence of everything. Bees buzzing, whales diving, tigers roaring, butterflies fluttering, various skies in states of brightness and storms amongst other visuals evoking the elements and stirring emotions within. Luxmuralis cultivating an experience indicative of the now – a fusion of the digital realm with the live realm that leaves it up to the attendee to take from it what they will. An enjoyable encounter to experience and highly recommended when I’m sure it returns!

Written by Lucy Basaba.

LIFE was shown from Tuesday 30th January until Saturday 3rd February 2024 at St-Martin-in-the-Fields. To find out more about the production, visit here…

Written by Theatrefullstop