12/24/2012 09:39 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Random International: Rain Room at Barbican, London (VIDEO)

Random International are known for their digital-based contemporary art. The London-based studio creates artworks and installations that explore behaviour and interaction. One of Random International's most recent works is called The Rain Room, currently on display at the Barbican Centre's exhibition space The Curve in London.

The Rain Room is a hundred square meter field of falling water through which it is possible to walk, without getting wet. Upon entering The Curve, the sound of water and the sensation of moisture fill the air, even before seeing the installation. In this video, we enter the downpour, and speak with the artists who have created this spectacular installation.

Rain Room is a complex installation. It consists of injection moulded tiles, solenoid valves, pressure regulators, 3D tracking cameras, wooden frames, steel beams, a hydraulic management system, and a grated floor. The system is controlled by custom software.


Stuart Wood, Florian Ortkrass and Hannes Koch founded Random International in 2005. The trio first met when they were students at the Royal College of Art, and the studio is based in a converted warehouse in London's Chelsea neighborhood. Random International have exhibited at art fairs, museums and biennials with works and installations such as Pixelroller, Temporary Graffiti, Audience, Study For A Mirror, Swarm Light, Self Portrait, and Temporary Light Printing Machine.


Rain Room

The Rain Room at The Barbican Centre is on view until March 3, 2013.

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