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 is a London-based writer with a special interest in contemporary Middle Eastern Art. She has a BA in Art History and an MA in Contemporary Art and Art Theory of Asia and Africa from the School of Oriental and African Studies. She runs the Gallery Girl blog and also writes for After Nyne, Ibraaz and Reorient.

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