Rain Room @ Barbican


rAndom international have managed to control the uncontrollable – the weather. In a dark room with bright spotlights the artists have created a space in which we experience a downpour indoors without getting the slightest bit wet.

The spacial installation consists of 2,500 litres of water falling at 1,000 litres per minute which is recycled and reused. Movement sensors are used to insure that visitor’s don’t get wet and if you look up toward the rain filters, the water seems to glitter against the strong light in the extremely dark 100m square space.

Only a handful of people are allowed inside the spectacle at a time so queues are long. Going in the first week and waiting for more than two hours was perhaps not the best of ideas. However this is an experience which won’t last forever – a surreal and magical adventure.

Rain Room is on display in The Curve, Barbican Centre until 3 March 2013

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Lizzy Vartanian Collier aka Gallery Girl is a writer and curator based in London. Her work has been featured in publications including Dazed, Hyperallergic and Vogue Arabia. She was curator of Perpetual Movement during AWAN Festival 2018 and in 2019 had a residency at the Lab at Darat Al Funun in Amman, Jordan. She has also worked with Armenia Art Fair for its inaugural edition and previously worked as an editor at I.B.Tauris Publishers. In 2019 she co-founded Arsheef, Yemen’s first contemporary art gallery. She has given workshops at Manara Culture in Amman, Jordan and Victoria and Albert Museum in London, UK. As of 2020 she is currently in law school, with the ambition of greater understanding the intersection between art and the law.

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