Thursday, January 24, 2013
Have you guys heard about the Rain Room at the Barbican in London? It's an experimental artwork by Random International, a studio made up of designers who often do digital art installations using light and movement.
When I first saw news about this exhibit, I'll be honest, I sort of glossed over it. This might have something to do with the cheesy press photos which featured dancers backlit in the rain, which unavoidably brings up images of Flashdance to me. Anyway, I don't think those photos did the exhibit justice, as I've since seen many more interesting photos and read blog posts of people who've been, who've all said that waiting up to two hours in line was worth it.
Apparently, you're meant to move about the space and experience a downpour without getting wet. As you move about the room, the rain moves also. I've heard it described as if you have a magnetic field around you that pushes the rain away. That sounds pretty cool to me. Then again, I'm always intrigued by experiential art and interactive exhibits.
What do you think? Has anyone been to the Rain Room?
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