Rain Room: Jackalope Art Collection
An art installation that takes the form of a 100-square-metre field of continuous rainfall will be installed temporarily in Melbourne in a specially purpose-built pavilion. Rain Room was conceived by Random International, a collaborative studio with an experimental practice within contemporary art, founded by Hannes Koch and Florian Ortkrass. It is an experiential artwork; millions of water droplets respond to the participant’s presence, ceasing to fall wherever movement is detected, allowing the viewer to be fully immersed in the rain while simultaneously protected from it. Rain Room is an installation that both deprives and intensifies the senses. Rain Room is a permanent part of the Jackalope Art Collection, under the umbrella of the Jackalope Hotel group. The ‘Jackalope Pavilion’, designed by March Studio, is a space through which Jackalope can showcase public art and activations in an urban context. “Rain Room can be seen as an amplified representation of self-created environments,” say Koch and Ortkrass. “It’s an artwork that you inhabit, and as such, it can elicit any number of different socio-behavioural dynamics. Each iteration of the work has been altered in some intangible way by the space and context in which it has been shown, whether through the scent of the water, the fabric of the architecture, or the behaviour of the public.” Rain Room has previously exhibited at The Barbican, London (2012), the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2013), the YUZ Foundation, Shanghai (2015), the LACMA, Los Angeles (2017), and at the Sharjah Art Foundation (2017). In Australia, Rain Room will be presented in association with the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI). Rain Room is on sale now for a season running to the end of Summer 2020.