Monday, 27 July 2015

The Gallery

Sometime in October 2012, BBC news had an article about a Rain Room- a room at the Barbican that lets users experience walking through the rain without getting wet. The aim of it was for users to walk through the room, and (with the aid of sensors) feel in control of the rain.
*Find out more about this and see the video after the jump)
On our first week in Melbourne, we visited the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), and after many visits without a camera or a charged phone, I finally got the chance to get a picture of myself in front of the Waterwall to send to my mum. Unfortunately, it happened to be while in the middle of talking and during an allergic reaction, just because.

Funny story, there's a picture in here that we spotted during our first visit- it just so happens to look EXACTLY like Fenech and I in the nude, so I posted this picture on Facebook, where my mum frantically contacted me via message telling me to take it down because: superimposing mine, and my boyfriend's face on a nude picture was "too provocative". So, my own mother couldn't tell the difference between myself and a painting from 1890. But before you look at those, how about feasting your eyes on the Rock melt exhibit by Jamie North? (Seriously, it's so pretty.)
Burberry trench, American Apparel fluffy bodysuit, Topshop jeans, Isabel Marant boots,Vintage scarf. 


Want more information about the exhibit? Here's an excerpt and video below from the Barbican's Newsroom:
The exhibition is supported by Arts Council England.
Rain Room has been made possible through the generous support of the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation for Art 
Known for their distinctive approach to digital-based contemporary art, Random International’’s experimental artworks come alive through audience interaction. 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 feels moisture in the air before discovering the thousands of falling droplets that respond to their presence and movement. Rain Room opens in The Curve on 4 October 2012.
Kate Bush , Head of Art Galleries, Barbican Centre, said:The Curve has previously played host to guitar-playing finches, a World War II bunker and a digital bowling alley. Random International have created a new work every bit as audacious and compelling - Rain Room surpasses all our expectations.
At the cutting edge of digital technology, Rain Room is a carefully choreographed downpour – a monumental installation that encourages people to become performers on an unexpected stage, whilst creating an intimate atmosphere of contemplation. The work also invites us to explore what role science, technology and human ingenuity might play in stabilising our environment by rehearsing the possibilities of human adaptation.

Random International saidRain Room is the latest in a series of projects that specifically explore the behaviour of the viewer and viewers: pushing people outside their comfort zones, extracting their base auto-responses and playing with intuition. Observing how these unpredictable outcomes will manifest themselves, and the experimentation with this world of often barely perceptible behaviour and its simulation is our main driving force.
Finding a common purpose as students at the Royal College of Art, Random International was founded in 2005 by Hannes Koch, Florian Ortkrass and Stuart Wood. Today the studio is based in Chelsea – with an outpost in Berlin – and includes a growing team of diverse talent. With an ethos of experimentation into human behaviour and interaction, they employ new technologies in radical, often unexpected ways to create work which also draws on op art, kinetics and post-minimalism.
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