ART INSTALLATION :: Rain Room by rAndom Internationalby ams on Oct 5, 2012 • 11:24 am
Visitors can play in the rain without getting wet in this installation by interactive designers rAndom International at the Barbican in London.
Rain Room is a perpetual rain shower where visitors feel the moisture in the air & hear the sound of rain while remaining untouched by drops of water.
Cameras installed around the room detect human movements & send instructions to the rain drops to continually move away from visitors.
The water drips through a grid in the floor where it is treated before being sent back up to the ceiling to fall again.
UPDATE October 8,2012 // SHORT VIDEO by The Guardian :
‚ÄúRain Room is the first time that we‚Äôve extended the level of our experimentation to the huge public space that is The Curve at the Barbican,‚Äù rAndom International told deign blog Dezeen.
‚ÄúOur other work has performed on a more intimate scale in terms of size and engagement, but what‚Äôs common to most of our projects is that they extract interesting behaviour from the viewers,‚Äù they added.
Their proposal to create a rain shower inside the gallery didn‚Äôt faze the curators. ‚ÄúThe curatorial team around Jane Alison has not blinked once in view of the actual implications of realising the Rain Room at The Curve ‚Äì a never-done-before project featuring thousands of litres of water above a BBC recording studio and right next to a theatre and concert hall in a public art gallery.‚Äù
The designers have also collaborated again with British choreographer¬†Wayne McGregor, whose Random Dance company will perform short ‚Äòinterventions‚Äô in the Rain Room to a score by¬†Max Richter¬†on selected Sundays during the exhibition.
‚ÄúWorking with Wayne and Random Dance has always been very rewarding, as his perspective seems to complement our way of working extremely well,‚Äù said the designers. Earlier this year Dezeen featured¬†their collaboration for the Future Self project at MADE in Berlin, in which a lighting installation mapped and replicated human movement.
Check out other weather-related art installation to appear on the Dezeen blog ‚Äì a moving cloud of raindrops in a Singapore airport¬†and¬†an LED sign in a London park displaying yesterday‚Äôs weather.
Rain Room by rAndom International at The Curve, Barbican Centre, London
4 October 2012 ‚Äì 3 March 2013
rAndom¬†International are represented by Carpenters Workshop Gallery, London and Paris.
An overview of their work, Before the Rain, is on show in Paris 8 September ‚Äì 21 December 2012.
Prior to this they have exhibited at Tate Studio at Tate Modern, Pinakothek Der Moderne, Munich and Museum of Modern Art, New York. They have won a number of awards including Designer of the Future 2010, Prix Ars Electronica ‚Äì Honourable Mention, CR ‚Äì Creative Futures Award, Wallpaper* Award and were listed in the Observer‚Äôs Top Ten Creative Talent in the UK. Earlier works form part of the permanent collections at the Frankel Foundation for Art, the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.