Random International’s Rain Room is an immersive environment of perpetually falling water that pauses wherever a human body is detected. The installation offers visitors an opportunity to experience what is seemingly impossible: the ability to control rain.
Following exhibitions at the Barbican in London and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Rain Room is currently on display at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) until March 6, 2016.
Five to seven people are allowed in the room at one time. According to LACMA: Water is supplied through LACMA’s water main. Rain Room uses approximately 528 gallons (2000 L) of water within a self-contained system. The same 528 gallons will be recycled, filtered and used throughout the entire run of the exhibition. [source]
Founded in 2005, Random International is a collaborative studio for experimental practice within contemporary art. Taking science as a means to develop a new material vocabulary, their work invites consideration of the man/machine relationship through explorations of behaviour and natural phenomena, with the viewer an active participant.
Random International is led by founders Florian Ortkrass and Hannes Koch, who met at Brunel University before going on to study at the Royal College of Art. Ortkrass and Koch led the creative direction of the studio alongside cohort Stuart Wood until his departure in 2015. Based in London, with an outpost in Berlin, the studio today includes a wider team of diverse and complementary talent. [source]
You can find an interview with Random International founders Florian and Hannes on LACMA’s Unframed blog.