Rain Room: An Interview with Random International. Following much-talked-about exhibitions at the Barbican in London and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, art collective Random International’s Rain Room makes its debut in Los Angeles at LACMA on November 1.
Amidst preparations for the opening, I spoke to Florian Ortkrass and Hannes Koch, founders of Random International, about the genesis of their collaboration, this project, and more. How did you both come to making art, and how did your collaboration begin? From early on, we both knew that we wanted to work artistically. Having met during our art and design undergraduate studies in the UK, we worked together on most projects from year one and conceptualized Random as a collaborative entity in 2002. We then moved on to the Royal College of Art for a Masters program and set up Random as a proper studio right after graduating in 2005. Do you see collaboration as an essential part of your practice? Tell me about the first few projects you did. Oh this goes far and wide... Rain Room comes to LACMA. Rain is finally coming to Los Angeles -- unfortunately, not the kind that would reverse the drought.
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" That simple yet intriguing question motivated London-based artists rAndom International—founded by Stuart Wood, Florian Ortkrass, and Hannes Koch—as they conceived and created their immersive spectacle, Rain Room. Initially installed at the Barbican in London, Rain Room became the most successful installation in the museum's history, offering visitors the chance to stand in the middle of a rain storm without getting wet. The crowd-pleasing exhibition is now on view in New York at MoMA as part of MoMA PS1's EXPO 1: New York. Using sensors to detect and track visitors in the room, the piece lets you enter a downpour.
As you timidly move forward, the rain around you ceases to fall overhead, allowing a glimpse into what it might be like to control the rain. Each iteration has been built as a site-specific piece. Making the Rain. <div class="wp-caption"><img src=" width="643" height="429" alt="Random International.
<em>Rain Room. </em> Installation view at The Museum of Modern Art with dancers from WayneMcGregor | Random Dance. <em>Rain Room</em> is part of MoMA PS1's <em>EXPO 1: New York</em>, 2013. Photo by Charles Roussel" /><p class="wp-caption-text">Random International. Rain Room at MoMA: Random International. 13 May Click to enlarge It’s been a weekend of wall-to-wall art and design here in NYC with art fairs small and large, from Pulse, to Nada, to Collective, to Frieze and, of course, the opening of Rain Room at MoMA, the interactive and immersive installation by rAndom International that first debuted at the Barbican Centre in London last October.
I will be featuring some of the highlights, for me, from these events in the next few days but here, for starters, is the amazing Rain Room. Rain Room is a large-scale environment (in the case of MoMA, it’s a separate entity outside the museum on 54th Street) with a field of pouring rain whose flow is suspended detecting the presence of bodies, allowing visitors to wander around the room amidst the beautifully highlighted drops, without getting wet.
Injection moulded tiles, solenoid valves, pressure regulators, 3D tracking cameras, custom software and steel beams are involved in the production of the installation. Rain Room - rAndom International.