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Random International: Rain Room

Walk through a field of continuous rainfall without getting wet at this immersive installation in St Kilda.
By Libby Curran
June 26, 2019
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Random International: Rain Room

Walk through a field of continuous rainfall without getting wet at this immersive installation in St Kilda.
By Libby Curran
June 26, 2019
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Actual rain might be a bit of a drag, but this new immersive rainfall-inspired installation is anything but. Random International's famed captivating artwork Rain Room is heading Down Under for the first time ever, hitting St Kilda this August. And it's a downright impressive piece of interactive art.

Imagine the magical feeling of walking through a 100-square-metre field of continuous rainfall, without getting the slightest bit wet. Rain Room's water droplets are guided by responsive technology, ceasing to fall wherever they sense movement. It's a physical, multi-sensory experience that sets out to explore ways in which technology transforms relationships between humans and nature.

Off the back of recent stints at Shanghai's YUZ Foundation, the LACMA in Los Angeles and at the Sharjah Art Foundation, Rain Room makes its Aussie debut as a permanent part of the Jackalope Art Collection, presented in collaboration with the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI).

If you're keen to be one of the first to check it out, there will be a special preview on Thursday, August 8 — the night before it opens to the public. For $45, you'll get to walk through the Rain Room and sit in on Virginia Trioli in conversation with Random International's Hannes Koch.

The internationally acclaimed work will make its home in the Jackalope Pavilion, a pop-up purpose-built space on Acland Street designed by March Studio. A ticket will allow you to spend 20 minutes in the Rain Room. It will be open Sunday–Wednesday 10am–6pm and Thursday–Saturday 10am–9pm until the end of summer 2020.

Updated: July 4, 2019. 

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