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Imagine it's raining. You have no raincoat or umbrella. But you don't get wet. It sounds a bit like a riddle in the making but it's not.
In fact, just as Moses parted the Red Sea, wherever you walk, the rain simply stops short before it touches you. Even though you are in a downpour.
Welcome to Random International's monumental artwork, Rain Room. It is 100 square metre field of continuous rainfall that engages all the senses. Millions of water droplets respond to your presence by ceasing to fall wherever they detect you moving, allowing you to be fully immersed in the rain but completely protected from it.
This installation has already wowed half a million patrons worldwide including in London (Barbican), New York (MoMA), Los Angeles (LACMA), and Shanghai (Yuz Museum). Now it's Melbourne's turn to experience the downpour.
How it works
Motion sensors detect the movements of the human body as you navigate through the darkened underground space, becoming performers in this intersection of art, technology and nature.
To me, this sounds like fun. But if you are heavily into art, this is the stated aim of the installation. 'Rain Room is a physical experience that both deprives and intensifies the senses. It invites an exploration of the individual actions and emotions that can be generated by this unique, counter-intuitive environment. The installation also seeks to explore how human relationships with each other and nature are increasingly mediated through technology.'
Where's it on?
Room Room is at the purpose-built Jackalope Pavilion on the corner of Acland Street and Jackson Street, St Kilda. A creative space that showcases public art and activations in an urban context.
And yes, if you have heard the term Jackalope before, this space is connected with the famous upmarket hotel on the Mornington Peninsula that also showcases art. Below is a photo I took when I was wandering around the grounds.
Rain Room has released an extended summer season, with November to January sessions now available and selling fast.
School Holiday Kid's Sessions
Running from 18 December to 27 January 2020
These school holidays, bring your family to a kid friendly session at Rain Room. Specifically designed for the young and those who wish to join them the kid's sessions aims to introduce the wonderful world of the Rain Room art experience to children by exploring its concepts and ideas in an interactive, fun format that lets kids be kids and where it's A-OKAY to play in the rain.
Look for times marked 'KIDS SESSION' in the session times.
When:Sessions are available in 20-minute intervals, 6-days a week. Monday 10am to 6:40pm Tuesday closed Wednesday 10am to 6:40pm Thursday 10am to 9:20pm Friday 10am to 9:20pm Saturday 10am to 9:20pm Sunday 10am to 8:40pm