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 and curator. She is the founder of Gallery Girl - a London-based curatorial platform and website dedicated to modern and contemporary art from across the globe. Her work is primarily focused on supporting emerging female artists from the Middle East and the Caucasus. She has written for Canvas Magazine, Harper's Bazaar Arabia, Ibraaz, Jdeed Magazine, Suitcase and Vice Arabia among other publications. Her exhibitions in London and Armenia have been featured in Vogue Arabia, The Art Newspaper, The Art Gorgeous and numerous other news outlets. Gallery Girl has also spoken in the UK, UAE and Belgium about the contemporary art scene in the MENA region, and is planning further events in London and Amman.

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