~ rAndom international// rain room at the barbican

I have been looking forward to experiencing the Rain Room by rAndom international at the Barbican and as a testament to it's popularity I haven't been able to as yet due to the 2hr long queues - I should have read that part prior. Hopefully this week & I'll be able to post my experience of the installation here.

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It looks amazing though, if you had to described it...a room where it doesn't rain on you but all around you, tracking your movement through the room and adjusting and responding to your chosen path using cameras placed around the room, sounds like an old-school cartoon in reverse - where the dark cloud follows the character around.

You'll be able to experience everything about rain but the getting wet part, pretty cool & inspired installation - crossing fingers for a short queue.

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Known for their distinctive approach to digital-based contemporary art, RAndom International's experimental artworks come alive through audience interaction. Their largest and most ambitious installation yet, Rain Room is a 100 square metre field of falling water for visitors to walk through and experience how it might feel to control the rain. On entering The Curve the visitor hears the sound of water and feels moisture in the air before discovering the thousands of falling droplets that respond to their presence and movement.

'Rain Room is the latest in a series of projects that specifically explore the behaviour of the viewer and viewers: pushing people outside their comfort zones, extracting their base auto-responses and playing with intuition. Observing how these unpredictable outcomes will manifest themselves, and the experimentation with this world of often barely perceptible behaviour and its simulation is our main driving force.' - rAndom International

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At the cutting edge of digital technology, Rain Room is a carefully choreographed downpour – a monumental installation that encourages people to become performers on an unexpected stage, whilst creating an intimate atmosphere of contemplation. The work also invites us to explore what role science, technology and human ingenuity might play in stabilising our environment by rehearsing the possibilities of human adaptation.

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Cameras installed around the room detect human movements and send instructions to the rain drops to continually move away from visitors.

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The designers have also collaborated again with British choreographer Wayne McGregor, whose Random Dance company will perform short ‘interventions’ in the Rain Room to a score by Max Richter on selected Sundays during the exhibition.

Open 4 October 2012 –– 3 March 2013

Barbican Centre

Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

Images courtesy of rAndom international & Barbican Art Gallery

Photographs are by Felix Clay