Silk St, Barbican,
London EC2Y 8DS,
Whilst Carpenters Workshop Gallery present Before the Rain, a retrospective exhibition of work by Random International, their latest commission, Rain Room will premiere at The Curve, Barbican on 4 October 2012.
Their largest and most ambitious installation yet, Rain Room is a 100 square metre field of falling water for visitors to walk through and experience how it might feel to control the rain. On entering The Curve the visitor hears the sound of water and feel moisture in the air before discovering the thousands of falling droplets that respond to their presence and movement.
Founded in 2005 by Stuart Wood, Florian Ortkrass and Hannes Koch, Random International are known for their distinctive approach to digital-based contemporary art. Their experimental artworks come alive through audience interaction.
IN THE GUARDIAN: “Barbican’s Rain Room: it’s raining, but you won’t get wet.”
Link to the video: https://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/video/2012/oct/03/barbican-rain-room-video
THE CURVE – LEVEL G – BARBICAN CENTRE – SILK STREET, LONDON EC2Y 8DS
EXHIBITION 4 OCTOBER 2012 – 3 MARCH 2013
EXHIBITION BEFORE THE RAIN – RANDOM INTERNATIONAL
CARPENTERS WORKSHOP GALLERY – 54 RUE DE LA VERRERIE – 75004 PARIS
UNTIL 21 DECEMBER 2012
Florian Ortkrass and Hannes Koch were both born in 1975 in Germany. The two met at Brunel University, graduating in 2002, before going on to study at the Royal College of Art. They founded Random International in 2005. Based in London with an outpost in Berlin, the studio today employs a large and diverse team of creatives.
Random International is a collaborative studio for experimental practice within contemporary art. Using science to develop a new material vocabulary, its work invites viewers to consider the man/machine relationship through explorations of behaviour and natural phenomena. In more than a decade since the studio’s inception, the focus of Random International’s artistic practice has continuously evolved, and today it embraces sculpture, performance, and installation, often on an architectural scale. Their highly collectable work creates a bridge between objects and products by merging monumental design, graphic artwork and technology.
Their Swarm Study series recreates the migratory patterns of birds using light. Using a digital algorithm that simulates the way insects swarm, the light installations chart birds’ flight trajectories through flashes of light. The viewer is invited into a responsive relationship with the work as the movement of the swarm illuminates the exhibition space.
Their critically acclaimed installation Rain Room is in the collection of Los Angeles County Museum of Art and has also been shown at London’s Barbican (2012); The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2013); and Yuz Museum, Shanghai (2015/2018). An edition of Rain Room has become the first permanently installed artwork at the Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE (2018).
Their work is also found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art New York, the Victoria & Albert Museum London, the Sharjah Art Foundation Sharjah, UAE, the Maxine & Stuart Frankel Foundation for Art Detroit, the YUZ Foundation Shanghai, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art LA.