Rain Room at Barbican’s The Curve
Amongst all the terrible weather this autumn in London, it is strange that a forthcoming show at the Barbican, where the simple pleasure is walking into a room of torrential rain has grabbed my attention so much. Rain Room, by arts collective rAndom International [sic] at The Curve gallery, invites the public to become a performer on an extraordinary stage of perpetual rainfall, allowing them to progress through an expanse of falling droplets, incredibly, without being ‘caught in the rain’.
The Rain Room installation at the Barbican’s Curve gallery, which opens this Thursday (4th October), sees the mixture of art and ingenious digital technology with motion sensors follow the user through the hundred square metres of rainfall without one drop falling on them. It is a tremendous idea and made even more powerful by the walk before you arrive at the room where the sound of torrential rain fills your ears and gets you ready for the main event.
Rain Room hints at the beauty and growing scarcity of water on the planet and encourages us to consider technology’s role in harnessing our resources. For all but the most serious students of art, the Rain Room will surely attract huge queues, even if just for the adults reliving the simple childish pleasures of dodging water!
rAndom International: Rain Room is at The Curve, Barbican from 4 October – 3 March 2013. Admission free