Thursday, January 24, 2013

Rain Room

With good reason

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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  1. I've never heard of this. I couldn't imagine would it would feel like to have a magnetic force upon you but I do like interactive art. Keeps me more engaged than just looking at paintings.

  2. Oh my, this sounds really neat!

  3. That sounds amazing! I want to say that this type of art is my favorite mainly because it keeps my attention. But this one just sounds magical! Why is it that the coolest exhibits are always in europe? Not fair. The other day i ran into this one! & was completely jealous that I couldn't have been a part of it.


  4. This is the first I'm hearing about it but it seems super cool! I'd definitely go if I was going to London anytime soon!

  5. This sounds fascinating.

    Stopping by from Mercantile Muse link party

  6. A rainstorm without getting wet...sounds cool to me!

  7. Wow..this DOES sound incredible!! Maybe they'll bring this here to New York for a bit!
    Thanks for sharing such a cool and unique thing!

  8. I haven't heard of this but it looks amazing. I wish I could teleport to London. :)

  9. Cooooool. I haven't heard of this, but I'd definitely want to check it out if I were over there.

  10. As if they don't have enough rain in the UK! Or maybe just because they have plenty they can now successfully incorporate it in experimental art :) I like the idea of the rain moving away from you!

  11. That sounds very cool! I have not heard of it, thanks for sharing.
    Everyday Inspired