The Curve, Barbican Centre, London, UK
4 October 2012 – 3 March 2013
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 opens in The Curve on 4 October 2012.
Kate Bush , Head of Art Galleries, Barbican Centre, said: ‘The Curve has previously played host to guitar-playing finches, a World War II bunker and a digital bowling alley. Random International have created a new work every bit as audacious and compelling – Rain Room surpasses all our expectations’.
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.
The Curve, Barbican Art Gallery, London
Opening times: Daily 11am – 8pm and every Thursday LATE until 10pm
Closed 24, 25 and 26 December, 1 January
Public information: 0845 120 7550
It is possible you may get slightly wet. Flat shoes advisable.
The exhibition is supported by Arts Council England.
Rain Room has been made possible through the generous support of the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation for Art.