Rain Room, a large-scale interactive installation by the collaborative art studio Random International, will be exhibited in Melbourne from August 2019. This marks the work’s debut in the Southern Hemisphere. The installation will be a permanent part of the Jackalope Art Collection, housed within the purpose-built Jackalope Pavilion in St Kilda (designed by March Studio).
Rain Room is a 100 square metre field of continuous rainfall. As you walk through it, millions of water droplets respond to your presence, and incredibly stop falling wherever movement is detected.
“Rain Room can be seen as an amplified representation of self-created environments. It’s an artwork that you inhabit, and as such, it can elicit any number of different socio-behavioural dynamics. Each iteration of the work has been altered in some intangible way by the space and context in which it has been shown, whether through the scent of the water, the fabric of the architecture, or the behaviour of the public. From rainy London to drought-ridden LA, to the heat of Sharjah, the surrounding climate opens up different perceptions of Rain Room and room for discourse. We’re excited to see how the work resonates on the other side of the world, in the Southern Hemisphere, and in the city of Melbourne.” says Hannes Koch and Florian Ortkrass of Random International.
The work makes for a fitting addition to the Jackalope Art Collection. The collection was founded in 2016 by Louis Li, ahead of the opening of Jackalope Hotel in Mornington Peninsula.
“Art is a significant part of Jackalope’s undertaking to provide transformative and immersive experiences,” says Louis Li. “Rain Room is our most ambitious curation to date; the work represents the spirit of our hotels – an interplay between imagination, mystery and science.”
Tickets for Rain Room will be on sale from Thursday 4 July 2019 for an August 2019 opening. All tickets are sold in 20-minute time blocks with a capacity of 18 people per block.
Find out more: jackalopehotels.com/art/rainroom
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